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Thread: Is there much money to be made working freelance?

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    Default Is there much money to be made working freelance?

    I am going to get a regular job when I finish my degree. But I'd like to hear from anyone that has tried doing some freelance programming. How did it work out? I am interested in trying it. But I am not good enough yet.
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    Default Re: Is there much money to be made working freelance?

    You can earn quite a bit more doing freelance (once you have the experience), but you have to know how to play the game to get the good jobs and it helps a lot to know people who know people; which you usually don't when you just start out, so I applaud your decision. If you don't know where to get the jobs, you run a greater risk of being without work for large periods of time.

    I would prepare for the fact that even when you get a "regular job", you'll probably be job hopping every 2-3 years during the start of your career. Its just a natural thing to do for IT people to develop a wide enough range of skills, preparing for that moment where the shit really hits the fan a good 10 years down the line; the day you get hired as a SENIOR "something or another" (probably developer). Enjoy how easy your job is until that moment ;)
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    Default Re: Is there much money to be made working freelance?

    Quote Originally Posted by gimbal2 View Post
    You can earn quite a bit more doing freelance (once you have the experience), but you have to know how to play the game to get the good jobs and it helps a lot to know people who know people; which you usually don't when you just start out, so I applaud your decision. If you don't know where to get the jobs, you run a greater risk of being without work for large periods of time.

    I would prepare for the fact that even when you get a "regular job", you'll probably be job hopping every 2-3 years during the start of your career. Its just a natural thing to do for IT people to develop a wide enough range of skills, preparing for that moment where the shit really hits the fan a good 10 years down the line; the day you get hired as a SENIOR "something or another" (probably developer). Enjoy how easy your job is until that moment ;)
    this is perfect advice.

    both JOB and FREELANCE have money, and their own pros and cons.

    all you need to decide what you wanna BE? just ask yourself, what you want to BE?

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    Default Re: Is there much money to be made working freelance?

    Thank you, but you're a bit late; this thread is stale.

    There is a third option of course: starting your own company and being self employed. Works well for my dad now that he's getting closer to his retirement and is becoming 'expensive' to hire as a steady employee. Strangely enough companies are very willing to throw excessive amounts of money at hired consultants without question though.
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    Default Re: Is there much money to be made working freelance?

    Quote Originally Posted by gimbal2 View Post
    Thank you, but you're a bit late; this thread is stale.

    There is a third option of course: starting your own company and being self employed. Works well for my dad now that he's getting closer to his retirement and is becoming 'expensive' to hire as a steady employee. Strangely enough companies are very willing to throw excessive amounts of money at hired consultants without question though.
    sorry for replying on stale one.
    but i just replied as it was not dead or close. but i'll keep that in mind. thanks again :)

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