I found out about a week ago that I've got my first contract. I'll be starting on 12th March, and I'm really looking forward to it. I'm in the process of setting up the limited company, and trying to work out the legal / tax issues of simply invoicing the company rather than having a contract up front.
I've also started collecting receipts for work-related things, like train journeys to geek dinners and things.
I've joined the PCG, and I've become a Microsoft Partner. I'm even thinking of joining the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce.
The first prototype of my first software product was used by my first trial customer at the weekend, and it works! They came back with some helpful suggestions and some improvements that they'd like, but I've got to keep the balance of what they want with the overall plan for the product. I'd love to be able to tell you what it is, but it's a secret at the moment, for "commercial reasons"!