As mentioned in the previous chapter, we’ll discuss the three basic career options afforded to most app engineers—specifically, to iOS software engineers. There will always be variations that exist, but in general, what follows is a pretty good classification of your options. These are the three options to which I can personally speak, as I’ve tried them all. Each has its pros and cons, but only you can determine for yourself the differentiators and their importance to your future plans. You may want the consistency of a steady paycheck and are willing to sacrifice choosing what projects you want to take on and give up the freedom of your days. Or, you might go all in deciding to form your own startup to take on the world knowing the risks inherent in that path. I want to give you enough insight to choose wisely or at least to give it some thought before committing.