As I said, it was a productive day. I got a chance to talk about my recent good fortune with some people who have been independent far longer than I have, and they were kind enough to give me some pointers on getting started. They all felt that I was on the right track by working with one client at a time and getting up to speed on that product, while at the same time looking for additional opportunities. One of the people there might have a line on additional opportunities; he gave me his business card, and asked me to send him my resume.
I learned something else today, too: If someone asks, you can do just about anything, provided that you have actually done it at least once. My contact from above asked if I knew SQL, and I started out by saying "no," largely because I don't have any heavy job experience. But I am pretty good with it, as another friend of mine pointed out. So, I quickly changed my answer to "yes." I may look into BrainBench as a way to get myself some sort of certification in the areas in which I have experience but nothing heavy to put on the resume.
My client said that I'm doing very well in getting certified, and that when I had done a satisfactory job on the product certification, I can invoice them. Is this a great country, or what?
Anyway, I'm beat. Good night.