I got into freelance recently, I thought I'd reach out to the veteran freelancers in the community to seek advice, things I'm curious about, are:
Please feel free to share your experience/knowledge even out side of those questions, any thing will be much appreciated 😃
Thanks a lot,
This is a great question Karim. :D Here's some thoughts from when I was consulting:
Happy to answer some more questions on this and I would love to hear about other people's experiences. I spent like 7 years consulting and made a really good living doing it.
Thanks so much Chris for the detailed answer.
I'll hold up the questions for now until we hear from other poeple, if not I'll ask ;)
I agree with Chris on what he posted. For me a lot of the work i got when i was doing freelance work was via old contacts and recomendations which made it much easier.
One thing i would say, and its VERY important, have a contract!! Don't start any work before its signed, otherwise you will find yourself doing work for free - not good. I was burned from this as i forgot to get it signed.
Test the water with your daily rate, you will find that people who value the work you do and your skillset will pay the premium. You will also find some who want it cheaper, seriously dont budge on your costs as you then start to devalue yourself. You will find most people will pay what you charge (DON'T FORGET THE CONTRACT!!). Also, have a look online to see the contractor rates for the work youre doing. I know you can get up to £450 (plus VAT) a day for development in the UK - obviously depending on your skillset.
Working from home can be hard, there are lots of distractions. I would suggest here that you make sure your work area is cornered off from the rest of your home - or pop to a local coffee shop if you can. You need to try and avoid the distractions, but once you can you will be well away and get things done.
Marketing wise, I would suggest learning the basics of SEO for when you build websites. Its not just an extra you can charge for but it will make sure you write clean code. As for self marketing, get yourself a site and show off your work, maybe blog or post to Medium just to get your name out there. You will soon find work coming in without the need to self promote too much, mainly from word of mouth.
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