A couple of weeks ago, I gave a telephone interview with Contractor Calculator about the my feelings, thoughts and the progression of my career into and out and back into of contracting. It’s has been bad and good. (At the time of writing, it is good again, just in case you’re wondering.) The 30 minutes long conversation was distilled into a professionally written interview, which was copied by Michael Doggweiler. David Chapin, CEO of Contractor Calculator, got in touch with me asked whether I would consider being interviewed about my experience and I agreed to the interview. David had read my recent blog entry: I am an IT contractor. His company also publishes a book called Contractor’s Handbook, which on the face of it has solid non-technical advice for beginners and experienced contractors. I also got a chance to plug my upcoming book: Java EE 7 Developer Handbook. From this interview, I learnt that there are all sorts of contractors out there from project managers, managers and supervisor; facilitators and negotiators, architects and testers to software developers. We must stick together and provide the best value-add that we can for our industry and naturally for clients. What else are we supposed to do?