In 2014, I started off the year struggling with half of January on the bench, looking for my next contract. Being an independent consultant has many huge benefits that I love, but there also comes the part many people struggle with of finding work.
I'm blessed with many friends in the SQL Server Community with a solid footing for consulting. I jumped into consulting after drowning in the political BS frequently found in an enterprise organization. I had been developing my "side work" contracts planning on jumping into consulting when it was appropriate. One day in 2013, the Director of HR was reminding me why they refuse to pay out vacation banked by employees when they leave. I reminded him of the propensity of the employees to either use up their vacation then give notice, or give notice (less than a week) because they have nothing to stay for (vacation pay). So managers lose the transition period expected with an company that pays out the vacation. I digress. That day, I decided it was time to work for myself, and the day before a good friend of mine Geoff Hiten @SQLCraftsman called be to offer me a 3 month contract through MSC in New York City. It was a tough decision to leave the security of my position, not knowing what the next contract would be... but I felt it was a sign from above.