Code for Cash – Zack Burt, Jay El-Kaake & Richard Burt
“Study this like it’s your bible and you won’t go wrong.” – Ron Hernandez
Do you already know how to write code? Can you complete a simple project from start to finish by yourself? Then this book is for you
Code For Cash is written for people who already know how to code. It’s beneficial for people who are already consulting or freelancing, as well as those who have not started yet.
Working as a freelance software consultant is a lifestyle that can be a path to more freedom, a feeling of control in one’s life, and a more effective hourly rate for your time.
The book maps out the skills that are most important for you to develop in order to thrive in the business of software consulting. It gives you the step-by-step concrete paths to achieving competence, as well as explaining some of the abstract theory.
“This is a very valuable read for anyone who’s considering to break into consulting. Most of the advice certainly resonated with my past experiences in consulting. As a software developer, some aspects of consulting such as tax law aren’t really my strong suit, and the book offers a lot of insight into tax and contract law, as well as how to source and hand-hold clients. I recommend anyone in a similar situation to give it a read.” – Nicolas Bevacqua
About Zack Burt
He has a degree from the University of Chicago, where he studied psychology and math.
Since 2003, he has been working in Silicon Valley and New York City in individual contributor and leadership roles. In 2007, he launched his software consultancy business after his PHP application “Lamefactor” was acquired by WikiYou, Inc.
Zack is passionate about open source, both in submitting pull requests and launching open source projects.
He currently lives in Manhattan where he enjoys playing basketball and meeting new and diverse people.
About Jay El-Kaake
He has worked with hundreds of companies since he started freelancing/consulting at an early age.
Jay co-founded Sweet Tooth Inc. which is the most popular eCommerce loyalty software worldwide.
He attended University of Waterloo for Software Engineering and has an M.B.A. from the Ivey business school in London.
“Code For Cash is a very good book for anyone considering consulting/freelance. The book is written in easy language and is a breeze to read through. It touches on important topics including risks, prospecting and legal and the author has included pointers on how to navigate some of these during early days of consulting. Highly recommend.” – AMZ Customer GV