Free Again! (for a price)

Yesterday I took the wonderful opportunity to quit JellyBarn and go back to my first love of freelancing. After putting ten months of 50-85 hours per week into a company which has produced less than what I’ve seen groups of three produce in 2 months, I am happy to say I have the opportunity manage my own business once again.

Although this is a difficult time for Teresa and I to go through in terms of short term cash flow, we do know that God has always provided for us, and will continue to do so. I do have contracts already lined up and am very happy to have the freedom to start taking on new clients once again.

This means my pet projects like the SimpleViewer hack, WordPress plugins I dream about, and GoogleMaps mashups are back on the table.

If someone would like to contract my services, I am happy to hear from you.

I am also setting up a team of programmers and designers to help fulfill contracts for existing and future clients. If you know Ruby, Ajax, PHP, DHTML, or create stunning designs in your sleep, I’d love to hear from you. If you are interested in “community” building and have opinions and ideas on what that means and how it works, I’m waiting for you to write to me. If you have a honey glazed ham, I’m waiting for you to send it to me. If you wish you were a little bit taller, wish you were a baller, wish you had a girl – you would call her; If you wish you had a rabbit in a hat with a bat and a 64 Impala, bring back your video on MTV or VH1 cause it rocked!

Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

12 Comments on "Free Again! (for a price)"

  1. ike says:

    Nate I forget how much I truely love you! I havn’t been to your blog for a long time, I really miss you man… You are such a nerd, but you are so much fun, I can see it in your writing and I miss it!

    Anyhow…just wanted you to know how much of a stud you are, and I really appreciate you, even though I havn’t seen or talked to you in forever!


  2. nate says:

    Thanks man. I’ve missed you too. Thanks for your support and prayers. I’ll talk with you soon.

  3. Chris says:

    Nate, glad you hear you stuck it to “the man.” Good luck with the freelance stuff. If I had a clue how to do anything on a computer I would offer to help, but I’m better at watching TV so I’m going to stick to eating. Catch ya later buddy!

  4. nate says:

    Hey man, thanks for the encouragement. If I had the same skills you had with watching TV and eating, I’d do those too.

  5. aptrick says:

    dude, we talked, you da man.

  6. nate says:

    thanks aptrick.

  7. Nick says:

    hey n-funk, it was nice to hear from you and I thought I would check out your blog, which I had forgotten about until you reminded me. I guess it is a good way for us to keep in touch too and see what is going on with each others’ lives. I’m sorry that your business plans with the other group didn’t work out. I remmeber how excited you were about all of it before when we met in C-town.
    Did you notice that I have a picture of you and Teresa and Jason on my website?
    I will be praying that things go well for you and your wife. Take care and God bless man. Oh yeah, and thanks for you thoughts about my thoughts. :)
    I have to run, I have an accountability group with a bunch of guys and we are meeting soon. Remember the days we had those in our past? Good memories.
    Oh yeah, and I’m studying about Trent now too. Hopefully I’ll be able to respond to question you might have, so let me know if you are still inquiring.

  8. nate says:


    Thanks for the comment. I didn’t notice the photo, I’ll have to check that out.

    Yea, I’d love to hear what you have to say about the Council of Trent. I am not sure I even remember the question I asked. I think that was about 4 years ago dude. Nice memory!

  9. ike says:

    nick…what is your website man…


  10. Hey man,

    No idea how I stumbled upon your website….oh yea, simpleviewer!

    I am 17 years old and I am a graphic artist at a little company that does larger format printing and vehicle wraps. I am currently designing them a website and I was looking for a cool flash gallery so I just searched “simpleviewer hack” and you came up.

    Anyways, great site man! I’m using Opera as my browser so your little “thanks” was funny. Your site is very clean and well put together, I wish I could code like this.

    Later man.

  11. nate says:


    Thanks for the comment. Yea, I did that simpleviewer hack a long time ago. I have no idea if it even works with the updates they’ve done on their software. But simpleviewer is a great script.

    Thanks for the kudos on the site. The design is a theme that I just mess around with. I didn’t design the original though. DesignDisease did the original design and they’re very good.


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