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Starting out freelance

Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:36 AM

Hey

I currently work as a professional C# Developer but want to add to my income. Looking at getting my own work for mainly weekends and some nights. Just wondering if anyone else does this and have any advice.

Are there any decent books to read?
Best place to find work?
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Re: Starting out freelance

Posted 07 June 2012 - 12:28 PM

see FAQ's 36 and up, below (Click the SHOW button below)

Plus this is well covered in the Q&A with the Experts thread.




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FAQ 2: How do I debug
FAQ 3: How do I make Class1/Form1 talk to Class2/Form2


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Re: Starting out freelance

Posted 07 June 2012 - 12:37 PM

Beyond that...

vCoder.com is a pretty common site.
oDesk also.

If you don't know how long it will take you to do a job, then don't even think about it. If you can't closely estimate the task and your skills then how would you know to bid based on 10 hours or 60? There is no point bidding for $50 if its going to take you 10 hours, right?

Personally I always recommend to look at the contracts and then build a couple of them on your own just to confirm you have the skills you think you do and you can properly estimate your time.

Also, don't get too excited about it. When it comes to the easy quick weekend stuff you described there are 10,000 students and Mumbai outsourcers that are willing to do that stuff for pennies on the dollar. But you may have to sacrifice your pride and do a few of them for less than McDonald's wages just to build up your reputation points on those sites. Otherwise when you bid for something big enough to be worth your while you have a score of zero and are out of consideration.
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