Chapter 1: My Career Gone
Footnote: My Own Business 1977-1991
Through this business, I worked as a software developer and systems implementor, from simply providing fresh ideas all the way to taking full responsibility for project realisation.
My Trading Name
Having worked as a self-employed freelance technical writer under my trading style of Morton Technical Services since June 1976, I felt I needed another trading name under which to provide small computer systems and software development services for businesses and also to develop proprietory software products of my own.
I therefore registered the trading name 'Eastern Business Systems' in London on 24 November 1977 Reg. No. 1959836. I registered for VAT in September 1977 Reg. No. 215 0183 10. I de-registered in 2005. Since I became self-employed in June 1976 I traded full time and continuously until April 1991, always maintaining a full Work Log of projects and product sales.
I was flexible in the way I made my skills available to clients. However, to help define them clearly I expressed them as a set of formal services together with a summary of my general procedure for delivering them. Over the 15 years of my business, I complete an impressive number of assignments and projects, and gained lots of satisfied customers.
In 1976, forced by illness in my family, I had to find a way of working from home. To this end, I had my house redesigned and extended in 1984 to include a well-equipped office/study immediately accessible from the entrance hall.
I found working as an independent artisan an effective way of bringing my IT skills to bear on client problems. During the so-called skills shortage of the early 1990's I wrote an article (one of many) suggesting how this more flexible way of working could help reduce the effect of this shortage. The technical solution to marketing IT skills proposed in the article has however been long since superseded by the Web Site.
Terms of Business
Assignments were so varied that it was usually necessary to formulate a new contract in each case in co-operation with the client concerned. The only standard terms I used consistently are those of my software licence agreement on which I wrote a commentary explaining the reasons and thinking behind its clauses.
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©Apr 1994 Robert John Morton