Let’s Talk About…..Being An Independent Tester

Continuing our series of discussions on various aspects of life as a software tester, this month we welcome Duncan Nisbet and Simon “Peter” Schrijver to discuss the topic of working as a self-employed tester.

Lets-Talk-About....being and independent tester

You may have often thought about working for yourself but what does it involve? Here Simon and Duncan, relate their experiences working on their own as a tester.


You can stream the event below.

What we discussed?

Topics that were covered in the Hangout include:

  • Job security ‘permanent’ versus contract
  • Starting Your Business
  • How to Become Employed as a Self-employed tester
  • Why would you want to become a test consultant?
  • Money and taxes
  • Training and development
  • Working away from home
  • Career development
  • Holidays


There are lots of other areas that we discussed. So if you have a particular question to ask, you can still ask Duncan and Simon here.

About The Experts

DDuncan Nisbet Betteruncan Nisbet

“Duncan Nisbet is a tester who believes development teams &  the larger business can be smarter at  working together. He coaches Testers, Programmers & Business folk on how they can help each other communicate & collaborate in order to deliver software which will actually help to solve the problem. His efforts are focussed both during the everyday development or in team workshops which he facilitates. Duncan also blogs at duncannisbet.co.uk & lurks on Twitter @duncnisbet


Simon “Peter” SchrijveSimon P Schrijverr

Simon is a very experienced all-round tester, who has worked since 1997 as tester, test coordinator and test manager. He has several years of experience using SBTM as a test approach. Since 2005, Simon has worked as an independent consultant. He visits annually at least two conferences and two training sessions to keep his knowledge up to date and where necessary, broaden/deepen his knowledge. Recently Simon has started speaking at conferences to share his experiences related to his work as a tester. Simon is also an active member of TestNet and (co-founder) of the Dutch Exploratory Workshop on Testing. In these communities of enthusiastic testers he is active with peers and discuss with them on the testing profession to keep up to date and improve them selves. Simon blogs at Simon Says No More and can be found on Twitter @SimonSayNoMore

What is the Let’s Talk About series all about?

Each month on the third Thursday of the month, we will feature some TEST Huddle members discussing different topics in testing. The session will be open to all and more of a UnConference feel to it. The topic will be discussed for 40 minutes with all attendees free to take part and offer their thoughts on a number of points related to the discussion.

Rather than a webinar presentation, the aim of the Let’s Talk About series is open and honest discussion on the parameters and pitfalls of this month’s topic. The experts will offer advice on a topic and share their own experiences. Find out more here