On the road from a traditional job in the game industry to full-time independent game development, we have found ourselves in the position of doing contract game development for a period of time. My initial response to the idea of contract development was less than excited. I feared that it was ultimately no more than a change of bosses rather than the life-changing adventure I was looking for. To my surprise contract game development has proven to be closer to independent development than I had expected. Working with the right companies, contract work can offer many of the benefits of independent game development and act as a stepping stone toward full-time work on your own games, while providing some of the benefits of a traditional game development job.