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ceosol

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Just to reinforce the subject line - this is all work done in Stencyl, not in other engines/languages. I also have next to no prior programming knowledge. I was a biology teacher two years ago. Please do not be under the impression that it is incredibly easy to do this. I have worked very hard to get where I am.

$750 Milestone 2 of shooter game
$60 Writing design documents
($104) Graphics for shooter

Total for the month: $706

As I said last month, I have not been actively seeking new contracts for a while. I want to finish up with what I have right now and then take it easy over the holidays.

« Last Edit: December 04, 2015, 01:34:38 pm by ceosol »

letmethink

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$750 + $60 = $706?
~Letmethink


ceosol

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$750 + $60 = $706?

Having a number in parentheses is the way you account for an expense. Accountants use it so they do not overlook the - symbol.

letmethink

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Oh okay. I thought it meant that it had been earnt but not paid yet. But in hindsight I should've realised you aren't selling graphics.
~Letmethink

ceosol

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Oh okay. I thought it meant that it had been earnt but not paid yet. But in hindsight I should've realised you aren't selling graphics.

I wish I was good enough at art to sell it. I see way more developers looking for artists than publishers looking for developers :)

GameDev408

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Congratulations on reaching $10,000!

jujujammer

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Just to reinforce the subject line - this is all work done in Stencyl, not in other engines/languages. I also have next to no prior programming knowledge. I was a biology teacher two years ago. Please do not be under the impression that it is incredibly easy to do this. I have worked very hard to get where I am.

$750 Milestone 2 of shooter game
$60 Writing design documents
($104) Graphics for shooter

Total for the month: $706

As I said last month, I have not been actively seeking new contracts for a while. I want to finish up with what I have right now and then take it easy over the holidays.


A quick question, if you do not mind.  Where exactly are you finding these contracts?  Are they things you find on like eLancer and other freelance websites and you've built up a relationship with these people and they are shooting you other contracts as a favor?  Or something else?  I've always wondered how I could go about getting my own contracts.

Nikkita31

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Yo.

I already did 2 freelance work for Ceosol. He's like a savior during rough times. =p =)

- RenegadeGames

ceosol

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A quick question, if you do not mind.  Where exactly are you finding these contracts?  Are they things you find on like eLancer and other freelance websites and you've built up a relationship with these people and they are shooting you other contracts as a favor?  Or something else?  I've always wondered how I could go about getting my own contracts.

I've had a few clients say that they will pass on my name to their friends, but that has never panned out. It would be great if I could start getting contracts through word of mouth. It would save me a ton of time of hunting for jobs.

I have had somewhere around 30 clients in total this year.
- 6 clients were not under contract, those ones where I helped other people out and they were generous enough to pay me for the time.
- 6 clients I met through the stencyl forums.
- 4 of the clients were companies that I stumbled onto searching for help.
- 10 were found looking through job posting, sending out demos, etc.
- I think there were a few others, but I'd really have to look through all of the contracts to remember where I found them.

I've lost somewhere around $2000 from six clients who did not pay me through loopholes in the contracts. With those I cut my losses instead of fighting them. Thanks to advice from LIBERADO, I now want to see money up front (even if it is just deposited and not actually released). Two of those six clients I actually found on the Stencyl forum (contracts which should have totaled $800+). Just a warning to everyone - make sure your contracts are as air tight as possible and get them to deposit money early on. I can't complain though, my best client was also found on the Stencyl forum - I do not know if I would have been successful without him giving me a shot. It gave me a chance to have some published games in my portfolio instead of just demos. One client actually rejected me for a job in March and then hired me over the summer. The difference was the number of games I had published in-between.

Over $3000 has come from repeat clients. Currently I have another $1000 contract from a repeat client. And an indie game company I worked for contacted me about starting a game series with them in January. Long story short, most of the money is from new clients each time but the gap is closing.

Bhoopalan

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Great going!! I'm just working hard to do what you or Liberado is doing already. I don't have any clients yet. (I have always been working for myself :P I wish I have so many contracts one day and be able to do them).
If I helped you at anytime, help me back build my twitter followers :)
https://twitter.com/imbhoopalan

ceosol

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Wow!! Interview me for Stencyl knowledge and I'll prove myself ;)

@Bhoopalan, I may have picked up a contract that we could work together on. Could you send me an email (ceosol.feedback@gmail.com)?

Bhoopalan

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@ Chuck,

Mail sent. You have my email mail ID already I believe. You can contact me via email anytime. I'm all ears :)
If I helped you at anytime, help me back build my twitter followers :)
https://twitter.com/imbhoopalan

ceosol

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December Report

$60 for writing/editing a design document
$500 milestone 3 (continuation from shooter game)
$100 tutoring
$15 creating a prototype
$750 Dead6hot (Greenlight voting at: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=570946588)
($300) partial payment to collaborator on Dead6hot

$1125 total for the month

Bhoopalan

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What's that Dead6Hot payment? I thought it was a project you did for yourself. Is that for client as well?
If I helped you at anytime, help me back build my twitter followers :)
https://twitter.com/imbhoopalan