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Independent (Flash) Developer: Is it possible?!

October 5th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

A couple of months ago I started thinking about becoming an Independent (Flash) Developer. So I wrote a blog series in German about this topic. This blog series describes my idea behind the passion of an Independent (Flash) developer. Unfortunately, the feedback was quite less for me and zproxy is right, when he said I should write this in English because of the less size of German speaking flash developers and that it is also an interesting subject for all English speaking flash developer... So I decided to translate all my articles about this subject in English. Who is able to read German can have a look on the complete series here.

Firstly, before I started any activity into this direction of becoming an Independent (Flash) Developer, I had to define my personal idea of an Independet (Flash) Developer.

So my main goal is to do cool things with Flash or other Technologies, which I really enjoy to realize. That could be a Flash Game, or an open source library for a special problem or just a nice software or anything, what you can imagine.

After this process of creation I must have a product, which brings some money in my pocket, so that I am able to pay my rent and living costs. So the most important thing for me is that this product has a relation to things I love to do! The earning or the income plays minor role. I hope when you do cool things the money will come...

In addition to this, I thought freelancing could be the solution. Do some small projects, which are ok for me and spend the rest of my time with the cool things I would like to do... But later I noticed for me that is not the freedom I want to have. So I spent more and more time to find a nice solution and I think I found aย  plan which could work. I am going to tell you the details in this blog series about the passions and opportunities of an Independent (Flash) Developer.

Comparing the job opportunities

Comparing the job opportunities

The information size of my solution is too big for one blog article, so I divided it in 10 parts. Every part explains a very important part of the Independent (Flash) Developers journey. I created a Mindmap for you which shows all subjects and relation beyond my blog series I am going to mention.

(Flash) Independent Developer Universe?!

The (Flash) Independent Developer Universe?!


I will start with the basement of an Independent Developer:

After this introduction stuff I will go on with the biggest topic generate revenues with your shit ๐Ÿ˜‰ It is not about becoming rich, how I have already mentioned! It's more about how I could survive outside in the big digital jungle. I defined for me five important sources of income. Mostly this topic depends a lot on your strengths and weeknesses. Maybe or even surely, there exist some more possibilities ofย  income. If you find any other possibilities please post a comment! I decided me for these ones:

  • Online Advertisement
  • Lectures and courses
  • Online Shops
  • Game Developing
  • Contests

Every source of income will be explained more in detail later. Additional, I will compare these sources income to each other. So that you can see your portfolio of income.

I really hope you will enjoy this blog series and leave a comment for my points. THX! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. October 5th, 2009 at 14:47 | #1

    ๐Ÿ™‚ what is your product going to be?

  2. admin
    October 10th, 2009 at 09:19 | #2

    Hi zproxy, actually I don’t have a special product. There are only 2-3 Project I would like to work on. This is a plattform-independent WebVideo Player, Improve and Refactor my WebcamTracking Classes and the FlaGE (Game Engine) idea ๐Ÿ™‚

    So I hope one of the ideas will work out…

  3. fL
    February 24th, 2010 at 21:34 | #3

    gonna wait the complete series of english version

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