18Apr '10

On the (mega)buses…

Welcome to my new blog, where I’ll be telling the story of how and why I gave up a permanent, relatively secure job managing four PHP developers in the UK and seven more in India, to risk pretty much everything as an IT contractor working in London.

I’ll share with you the highs and the lows, like the pain of leaving my wife and four children alone in Sheffield five nights a week. I’ll be honest about the problems, and hopefully you’ll be entertained and informed along the way.

Right now I’m sitting on the MegaBus (which costs just £5 for this journey, compared to £80 for the train! I need to manage cash-flow very carefully, as my next payday could be six weeks away.) I’m very pleased to say that it’s half empty, so I’ve got plenty of room. And fortunately none of the other passengers are drunk, unlike last time I took the MegaBus!

We’ve almost arrived at Victoria coach station now so I’ll sign off. Next time I’ll talk about the decisions I’ve had to take to get here and how I landed the opportunity of a lifetime!


  1. Great news Matt. Congratulations! If you ever want some evening company give me a shout – I’m always up for a starbucks :-) You can find me in Covent Garden!

  2. Good luck mate. Let me know if you need anything, Linux-wise

  3. Wishing you the best of luck in your new venture

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