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Thread: Moving into full time freelancing, advice needed.

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    Moving into full time freelancing, advice needed.

    Hi,

    Just a quick bit of background -

    I started making websites about 9/10 years ago. Firstly for myself, then friends and family and finally for real life clients. Recently I've been working more with graphic designers/frontend people where I'm focusing the backend PHP/MySQL side.

    As for my skill set, I can turn my hand to anything from Photoshop though HTML/CSS, Javascript/JQuery, and on to PHP/MySQL. My main area of focus and where my strengths lie is backend programming when working along side graphic designers.

    Anyway, that's enough about me, this is my situation.

    For the last 5 years I've been working a four day week as a communications engineer with a BIG U.K. company you would have heard of, but will remain nameless. Thus leaving me three days to do web related work.

    Sadly my full time employment is about to come to an abrupt and unpleasant end. For reasons I won't go into, but basically bruising the delicate ego of a highly strung junior manager.

    So what I'm wanting to do now is focus full time on doing what I really love and building websites.

    What I'm after is handy tips and hints on the best way to go about this?

    Mainly the business side, how to attract good clients. Where to advertise and find work? What's worked for you and what should I avoid. Basically I'm asking to learn from your mistakes.

    Currently I'm woking on getting my own site up to advertise myself, old one was well out of date.

    This sudden change in circumstances has come out the blue pretty quickly and to be honest, is quite nerve racking to say the least.

    Any help and advice greatly received.

    Many thanks.

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    I sympathize with your position. I have also had a couple of sudden employment challenges and it was no fun.

    My only advice is to get your site up ASAP and make it your showcase. Provide links to the other sites you've done if you think that is appropriate. After that, network like crazy. Start with those designers you've worked with before. Ask them to help you. Let them know what you're trying to do. Perhaps offer a finders fee if they find you work.

    Is there any part time work you could do to help pay the bills while you're getting yourself setup and established? Are there companies local to you that need their website worked on? Check out their site and offer a proposal. Price agressively to get the job.

    Good luck!
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    Thanks, yep that's pretty much my plan.

    Going to get the site up, get some business cards printed and do whatever it takes.

    What I really enjoy doing is working with talented graphic designers. I'm sure there are a lot of amazing designers out there far more established than me but with little to no knowledge of how to technically build a site.

    I'm thinking of pitching my site towards that side, i.e "specialising in web development for designers".

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    If you're already on your way out the door and you don't care about burning bridges, be sure to flip your manager off on the way out. That was the coolest thing I did at my last non-freelancing job (11 years ago)...giving the company the double bird and knowing I was going on to better things. It's petty, it's small, it's immature, it's crude, but DAMN it feels good to be a gangsta.

    Other than that, Matt's pretty well said what I would have said, except that I'd also suggest that if you're worth your salt, get onto oDesk. Having had to hire people from oDesk, I can say this...if you can code anything and your head is at least six inches away from your ***, you should find it extremely easy to find coding work. You will need a portfolio and the ability to demonstrate applied knowledge, but if you have those two things, you can pretty much pick and choose what you want to do to get yourself started. I'd suggest this as a short-term measure, however, since oDesk has a tendency to be on the lower side of the pay scale, but to get your foot in the door, it's handy.
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    I love Gangsta Game's advice about letting the birds out of the cage for your boss, "but DAMN it feels good to be a gangsta" to funny! I agree with what has already been said. Sorry about your change of direction but maybe it will be for the better!

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    For those who don't understand the reference:



    Watch this movie. It's awesome.
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    Game, there SO many great scenes in this movie. It is a classic.

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    Damn skippy! I love the scene with the printer...I've done that with a server before. You wanna have some real fun? Get a $5,000 IBM server and go at it with a hammer one day. It's almost sexual.
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    Hi Richard,
    I would like to share my experience as a new freelancer web developer/consultant. I have been working as a consultant in the medical field. Before that I used to work as an engineer and had long years of experience in programming. Due to my work I used to work with web developers here until last 2 months when I finally fed up with slow, incompetent local developers (anyhow it is a long story I wont get into details). Now I found a good designer who is expert on photoshop and illustrator. Together we have started creating websites focused on medical field. So far I am very happy that I do not need to count on untrustworthy people. I think web development field has very low barriers for anyone to enter but on the other hand there are very few who actually can do solid programming tasks the field demands (at least where I am, it is the case). So I would suggest you to advertise on your programming skills and make people understand that you can solve problems and you can provide customized solutions. And of course they can count on you when something goes wrong with their sites. And second advise would be to target a specific sector. And third advice would be to make free sites for local communities and make the members engaged in your design process. These are what I have done so far. I hope it is useful to you.
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    Hey man, there has already been a lot of gangsta advice on this thread already, but I will add some other thoughts to the mix.

    Definitely tap your network as best you can. People love hooking other people up and it is a great way to generate repeat business as you will get two referrals from it (original referrer and the new client as a referrer).

    I would also start honing your business skills. You will need to start selling and pitching to people so polishing those sales skills is a must. Along with your site, have business cards and all the relevant social media pages set up. It may sound lame, but a lot of people will search for you on those networks. But don't put up anything you don't plan on updating.

    I would also definitely network on LinkedIn. There are a lot of forums, headhunters and business people on there who use it to network. Plus, they are already tech savvy so they should be comfortable with working remotely.


    Post your site on this forum for review. Lol Who knows?

    Hope this helps

    Sidney Lisojo
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