Changes

So with two weeks remaining at my current day job with the Air Force, I have found myself in a time of major change and decision making. I have sent out about 50 resumes with only a couple of responses; interviews that I have yet to take part in. The long of the short of it is there are really not a lot of I.T. jobs in this town, and I have been lucky to have the ones I have had thus far.

Alicia and I had a long talk while my parents were here watching the kids this weekend, and we came up with a plan. Unless some company offers me a deal that is too good to turn down, I am going to do what I have always wanted to do, and that is go it on my own.

As a foundation, I have picked up a part-time gig with a local company called Position Builders, who are a search engine optimization company. This alone is a really cool deal, because it has a lot of potential to develop into something big, and I am getting in as the ball is picking up momentum.

In addition to that, I will be trying to get as much business as I can for what was until now my freelance business, Asheville Technologies. AT has been pretty much a hobby thus far, adding a little spending cash to my wallet each month, but I think with some help from some sales-oriented friends I can push it along into something that will carry us along.

The prospects of all this are exciting, nerve-wracking, and satisfactory. Of course there are a lot of “what ifs” and the potential to fail, but there is also the potential to succeed, and there seems to be no better time than now to try it. We have developed several Plan B’s in case none of this works out, but I am hoping we won’t need to go there.

So, does anyone need a web site or some PC support/training/consulting? Let me know.

About Will Chatham

Will Chatham is an Information Security Analyst, OSCP, Ethical Hacker, and Penetration Tester at a federal data center in Asheville, NC. Since Netscape 2.0, he has worked in a wide array of environments including non-profit, corporate, small business, and government. His varied background, from developer to search engine optimizer to security professional, has helped him build a wide range of skills that help those with whom he works and teaches.
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5 Comments

  1. Good luck, Will!

  2. Yeah, I’m sure everything will work out. I would think already having somewhat of a client base is a huge plus. Not to mention there is probably not another design firm in town that can say there are as knowledgable about accessibility and web standards as you are.

    And speaking of change, its the first day of spring and its snowing outside. hmmm.

  3. if anyone can pull it off, it’s you willis…

    best of luck

  4. I got yer back brother Willis…b’leee dat

  5. Thanks for all the kind words. I’ll give $25 to anyone that refers a site to me that goes under contract!

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