Independent iOS developer

Peter FennemaiOS4 Comments

Since the 1st of August I am an independent iOS developer. I quit my job. I said goodbye to my permanent contract and associated benefits. Why this step? Why on earth would I give up my job security and trade it in against a “big unknown”?

Since my first encounter with modern mobile devices, I am deeply impressed by the innovative nature of both hardware and software. The product development culture that focuses entirely on user experience, with an eye for the smallest details, inspires me greatly. Mobile technology and multitouch have given a huge boost to man-machine interaction.

I my daily work I strongly felt that I missed out on these developments. My job could not inspire me anymore. There was not enough space to apply and further develop my skills. I felt that my personal and professional development stalled.

I’m not the type of person to sit still and continue that way. It was time for action! So I resigned, to start as an independent iOS developer. I am now working full time to develop apps for the Apple App Store. I am challenged to create products that my customers really like, products that I can be proud of. It’s the kind of work I love to do!

The secure feeling of the monthly payslip has disappeared. In return I get freedom, energy, inspiration. This boosts my creativity and entrepreneurship.

4 Comments on “Independent iOS developer”

  1. Hi Peter, I have found your Multipeer Connectivity Blog posts and like it a lot, because I am also working with this cool iOS 7 API in context with iBeacons for events and conferences.
    Gratulation also for your decision to quit your job and start as an independet developer!
    All the best to YOU and keep your focus for your PASSION!
    Regards from Munich,

    1. Hi Florian, thanks a lot 🙂 I also like this api, although I think with iOS7 it was still a bit buggy. I have not yet tested with iOS8, I hope Apple has made some improvements. Regards, Peter

  2. Hi Peter,

    this is inspiring! I can relate to what you are saying, because, like you, I also quit my job in January 2013. Like you, I am inspired by what *I* do and not what is third-rate or mediocre. I know what I do is good because of the positive feedback I get from the software I have created. Quitting my job has had its ups and downs, but I have now turned a corner and there is light at the end of the tunnel. I continue because I know that what I do is damned good and it is just the beginning… 😉

    There’s no point in carrying on in a dead-end job. This leads to calcification. Be creative! Live dangerously! Inspire! The world needs changing. Go Peter!


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