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  • Hi everyone,

    There are so many questions to ask regarding freelance but thought to ask this one first. I also dont know whether this is the right place to ask this question or not.

    My question is, i have experience of 10 years in development. i have worked using following technologies (c#, bootstrap, angularjs, jscript, css , sql server and web services). Since last two years i am on break and now i want to start again but not in an organisation but as a freelance. Many of my friends have suggested me to start with angular technology because in freelance .net projects are rarely in demand. Now i am not able to decide in which technology i should upgrade myself to start freelance.

    I know if i select angular then it is frontend and my expertise in backend development will go in vain. But i think initially everyone has to compromise to get started, correct me if i am wrong.

    please help me understand this and also provide some freelance developers community to get more ideas.


    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 2:58 AM

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  • This is clearly NOT the right forum, since this is for discussions of C# programming.

    The biggest problem with getting started as a freelancer is getting that first contract.  Unless you happen to know somebody that hires freelancers, that can be very, very difficult.  Most managers have their "stable" of reliable developers, and they keep going back to those same people over and over.  They don't know anything at all about you.

    There may be job shops in your area that are basically "employment agencies" for freelancers.  They'll take a cut, but they can gain you contacts, and they can help you figure out which skills are most valuable.

    Tim Roberts | Driver MVP Emeritus | Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 8:48 PM
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    Freelance is a tough nut to crack.

    You're probably better of going into contracting and positing out on Monster, Dice and Indeed and let contracting firms find you.

    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:31 PM
  • Hello SNitu.

    I, too, am uncertain about the propriety of your post in this particular forum, but who really cares ?

    I had just over 50 years “in the biz” when I retired (for the second time) in 2016. I’ve worked as a direct employee, a contractor (including what you refer to as a ‘freelancer’), and as an owner or Partner of four companies.

    As both Tim and DA9 pointed out, it’s pretty difficult to succeed as a freelancer unless you are rather well known, and even then, some companies avoid contractors of any sort. As DA suggested, you would be well-advised to begin by joining a contracting company, and let them find contracts for you. Then do the best job you can and let the client get to know you and see your strengths.

    Keep in mind that there are downsides to contracting. In my case, the biggest problem was health insurance – it costs a fortune if you’re not part of a group. There’s a reason why contracting pays so very well. Vacations are another expensive ‘frill’ for contractors. And finally, there’s the book-keeping, the tax returns et al (Accountants are Expensive!).

    In my case, upon returning to the US (and taking some ‘down time’ to recover), I made the transition to software in 1973 with Harris ASW, a very small division of General Instrument. I had the most wonderful time of my life at GI, and made some very good contacts with a client: NOAA/NOS. Indeed, those contacts were so good, that NOAA/NOS contacted me in Seattle one day and asked if I would consider taking on a particularly difficult problem with a sonar system. Working at Boeing at the time, I could only be available to NOAA on weekends and holidays.  They bought it!  Five months later I called them to report that the problem had been resolved (it really was VERY difficult!).

    20-sumthin’ months later, NOAA called me again, and made an offer I couldn’t refuse. I lived in Lincoln, MA (at the time), and they’d let me work at home and commute to Rockville, MD several times a month, and occasionally travel around the country to meet various ships and help resolve problems. I LOVED meeting the ships in Hilo, HI !!

    That’s an example of how important it is to build a ‘rep’ with as many clients as you can. And as DA suggested, you can do that through a contracting agency or as a direct employee that works at or with the client.

    And here’s another bit of advice – if you can, start your own company, or partner with other engineers to start your own company.   It’s a lot of work, but it is SO worth it at the end (at one point, the company I was a partner in had just over 100 employees at Motorola’s Iridium project in Chandler, AZ).  That was fun !

    And here’s my last bit of advice:  consider working for NOAA/NOS. When I was there (for seven years) it was all assembly language and FORTRAN, but last I heard they were doing a lot with C#. Do whatever you can to get with NOAA. They, and General Instrument, were THE BEST jobs I ever had, and they were BOTH so much fun. At GI, I hated to see the weekends come around because I couldn’t work. At NOAA, I could work whenever I wished.




    From Lincoln, MA to Mercer Island, WA …. It’s been a heckuva wild and FUN ride. I wish I could do it over again.

    • Edited by Lincoln_MA Thursday, January 3, 2019 12:25 AM
    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 11:27 PM
  • Hi SNitu,

    Thank you for posting here.

    Since your issue if out of my service scope, please post it on related forum for more suitable support

    The Visual C# forum discuss and ask questions about the C# programming language, IDE, libraries, samples, and tools.

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    Thursday, January 3, 2019 7:04 AM
  • Thanks Tim for your valuable time and comments on the post.
    Monday, January 7, 2019 12:58 AM
  • Thanks Lincoln for sharing your experience with me and suggestions.

    Monday, January 7, 2019 12:59 AM
  • sorry jack for posting here.
    Monday, January 7, 2019 12:59 AM
  • Yes indeed freelancing is tough but fulfilling.

    Freelancing Services by Mary Jane

    • Edited by maryjane88 Saturday, December 14, 2019 9:31 AM
    Saturday, December 14, 2019 9:28 AM
  • There are a lot of things to consider in being a freelancer but if you would be able to identify on which field you excel, it would be great. 

    First you must identify your branding and establish a name on the freelancing field.  There are also a lot of websites that offer jobs for freelancers. You may check Upwork and other sites. If you want, You can also check Fiverr and create your own gig.

    Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:18 AM