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#1 Apache_jd  Icon User is offline

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Best time to go freelance?

Posted 03 April 2015 - 03:50 PM

I currently have a full-time web developer position at a small agency, working 9 until 5:30 - also spending 2 hours a day on a train commuting.
When I get home on the evenings, I am up until midnight doing work every weekday night, and I work for about 6 hours on a Saturday and 6 hours on a Sunday - completing all of my freelance work. My website ranks very well (page 1 usually) in search engine results for terms such as "freelance web developer", "freelance web designer", etc. So this is where most of my work comes from. Some also comes from referrals, but I do not advertising and do not use websites such as freelancer.com to win work either.

I have all required skills in HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, jQuery, PHP, MySQL, SEO, web security, managing servers and so on. Over the past 5 years, I have designed and developed everything from small business sites, to fully functional ecommerce websites, to social networks, to live bidding platforms, to company portals, and so much more - all on a bespoke basis. I also have design skills in Illustrator and Photoshop. I also develop long-term on a multi million pound ecommerce store as a freelance (have been doing so for 2 years).

I earn a lot more from my freelance work (over 4000 in March) than I do in my full time job (17k salary). I have an accountant to help me with taxes, etc. So as you can imagine, I want to make the transition to go freelance on a full-time basis.

I have all of the tools (a good smartphone, a powerful PC with dual monitors, iPad, etc etc) as well as the business knowledge which I've gained working closely with the director of the agency.

Should I got full time freelance? What should I consider?

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Re: Best time to go freelance?

Posted 03 April 2015 - 05:33 PM

Of course it's always a risk to dump a steady job and rely only on freelancing, but from your description it definitely sounds like freelancing is the better choice. Given that you can pull in enough jobs to stay busy, and that you don't have any issues with the business side of it all, the rest basically comes down to the numbers.

Based on the numbers you provided, spending 8+ hours (plus travel time) working for 2-3 times less than your freelance work is worth seems like a waste too me.
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Re: Best time to go freelance?

Posted 07 December 2015 - 01:20 AM

In my opinion you have all the skills which is required in any free lancer person and you have experience also. I think you should go for free lance and quit your job. If you think that you have that capability to earn more on freelance then you should go for it.
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