1 Year Anniversary – Working as a Freelancer

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Yesterday, 1 October 2017, was my 1 year anniversary of quitting my day job and starting as an independent trainer and consultant. To be honest, it feels like yesterday that I said goodbye to my coworkers and started to work for myself. This was the quickest, most intense, challenging, stressful and fun year I ever had in my career. Thanks to everyone who followed me on that journey, joined my Hibernate online or classroom training, got my Hibernate Tips book or said “hi” at a conference! Looking back, it’s hard to believe what you can achieve within such a short timeframe if you follow your passion and invest all your energy. Here are some of the most notable things I did in the 12 months: OK, enough bragging about the last year. Let’s celebrate with some of the most popular posts and videos and a special offer.

Posts and Videos You Shouldn’t Miss

105 posts and 61 videos are quite a lot and most likely a few more than you can watch or read right now 😉 So, here are some of the most popular ones.


The JPA 2.2 release is only a few weeks old. So, it’s no surprise that the posts about the included changes have recently been some of the most popular ones: Another popular series was the one about Hibernate Search and how you can use it to add full-text search functionality to your application: And if you just need to implement a few normal queries, you should take a look at the following 2 posts: Last but not least, I want to point you to a few posts that show you how to use Hibernate with popular database and what you can do if you need to support multiple ones:


I enjoy reading and writing but I get it, sometimes it’s easier to watch a video. So, here are some of the most popular videos on the Thoughts on Java YouTube channel.

Take a Look at the Book

Writing and publishing my first book was my personal highlight of the last year. I love books and I wanted to write one myself for ages. In April 2017, my dream came true and I published my first and definitely not my last book: Hibernate Tips – More than 70 solutions to common Hibernate problems. That book contains some of the Hibernate Tips you might have read here on the blog and lots of exclusive ones which I wrote specifically for the book. If you want to take a look at it, you can download the first 30 pages here.

Work with Me – Special Offer

OK, and now to this week’s special anniversary offer. This one is for you if you have some questions about Hibernate or need help with your current project. For this week only, I’m offering a 12% discount (1% for each month of me working as a freelancer) on all booked consulting calls and project coaching packages. A consulting call is the best option if you just want to discuss a few questions or need my input on your design or implementation decisions. I’m looking forward to talking to you in a 30- or 60-minute consulting call. If you want to jump-start a new project, review an existing one or need some help with a tricky problem, one of my project coaching packages will be the better option for you. I will virtually join your team via email and video calls for 1 week or 1 month to answer your questions and help you make the best decisions for your project.

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  1. Hi Thorben,
    Congratulations for your success. I really enjoyed the content you present on this website and Youtube.

    I like the design of your website. It is really a carefully crafted piece of software. Please say “hello from shailendra” to your developer.
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  2. Congratulations on the anniversary! I wouldn’t mind doing a little freelancing, but I don’t think I’m quite ready to take the plunge.

    1. Yeah, it’s not an easy step. Maybe you can do some freelancing on the side?

  3. My congratulations!
    The Best is Yet to Come 🙂