Next Meeting - September 2nd 6:00pm

September's meeting takes a break from technical skills to focus on the business side of technology.

Think you've got what it takes to survive outside the comfort and security of a full-time employer? Dustin Thostenson will talk about how to become an independent contractor. Sure - you'll make more money, but will they offset the more problems that come as a result. Find a contract, set aside taxes, full-price health care, and no vacation are all things you'll need to think about.

Looking to make extra cash working on side programming projects? Dan Mullins can't tell you how to do it, but he can tell how not to do it. Most developers are really good with technical problems, but side projects aren't just technical. You're now a company and need to think brand awareness, estimates and finding time to work.

Want to help your local user-group by giving a talk but aren't sure how to start? Brian Hartin is a recent first-time speaker at the CIJUG and will talk about giving a talk. Subject, preparation, delivery, live-coding and other things to consider.

As usual, pizza/drinks will be provided by our sponsor: TEKSystems

Who We Are

CIJUG is a user group for application developers in the Central Iowa area. We meet the first Tuesday of the month to discuss Java, JVM technologies, or anything else interesting (Javascript, NoSQL, DevOps, etc)

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Where to Find Us

We meet at Businessolver (1025 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265).