In the period 1st April 2018 - 31st March 2019 I worked on the following projects:
This past year has been the year of React. Most of the projects I worked on were developed using React DOM (for the web) or React Native.
In addition to React I’ve also worked with:
As last year, I’ve largely continued with the same set of tools, allowing me to work efficiently and in an agile manner:
I’ve also had the (mis)fortune of using Jira for the first time in my professional career. It feels quite heavyweight and I prefer using a lighter alternative such as Clubhouse. The latter feels like a nice balance between the simplicity of something like Trello combined with more powerful agile project management features such as estimations and burndown charts.
Similar to last year, my time has been split between home-working and on-site at my clients’ locations. Compared to last year, I’ve spent more time at home, which suits me well as I feel more productive when there are less office-related distractions.
I’ve continued to work 4 days a week, with the odd exception here and there. This has afforded me more time to spend with my young family, a decision I’m sure I will come to appreciate in future years (kids are only little once!).
This past year I’ve continued my involvement in DevelopMe’s 12-week fellowship, teaching a week on React Native development. I have continued to hone the course and as a result the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from the students.
This past year my wife has joined the business as employee #2. She is a graphic, print and craft designer and her designs have been commissioned for a number of industry leading publications. Previously working as a sole trader, her joining the business has allowed us to consolidate our work into a single entity and provide her the security and separation that a limited company affords.
For the financial year 2018/19, Studio Zeffa turned over £72,030. This is an increase of 79% on the previous year, a significant improvement.
The turnover increase has been skewed by the fact that I took a quarter of the previous year away from work as paternity leave, and so it was always expected that this year would be an improvement on last year. However I do appreciate that this is a healthy revenue; I feel very fortunate to do a job that I love and be well paid for it.
Breaking revenue down by technology:
Once again React has dominated - projects using React accounted for over two-thirds of the total revenue for the business.
I’ve decided to take a break from instructing on the DevelopMe training course and so its likely that I will be focussing most of my attention on consultancy than training for this forthcoming year.
I’m already booked in to continue working on the food marketplace app, which is built with Rails and Stimulus. I’m excited to see how this project proceeds - working with ‘traditional’ server-rendered HTML views and progressively enhancing them with Stimulus is a nice approach.
I’d be surprised if I didn’t continue to work with React in some capacity, as I’m finding tht more and more prospective clients are looking for developers with this skillset.
Once again this past year has seen me working with exceptionally talented, driven and fundamentally nice people. I hope this continues into the coming year and beyond.
Interested in hiring me for your next project or training course? Please get in touch and I’d be happy to discuss.