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Taking the Steps – Becoming a Freelance Website Developer

Garret Dimon’s Steps to Becoming a Freelance Web Developer is worth reading, whether you are or are not willing to give up your day job, or add a part time job to your resume as a freelance website developer.

There are tons of similar articles on the web, but what I like about Dimon’s offering is that it is conservative and it makes sense. His points are clear. Learn, research, and learn some more. Make a plan. Think about what you need to know, how you are going to pay for it all, how you are going to tell the world, and what you need to make it happen, and how you keep it going after you start. Very simple, but highly critical information.

As with any venture, planning is a huge part of the battle. Failing to plan is planning to fail. The focus here is on approaching things realistically. Chances are that you’re not going to be rolling in dough the first month, and it’s better to expect and plan for that. Better to be pleasantly surprised than caught off guard.

Whether you are going into software development, website design, or website development, his words are stuffed with wisdom that anyone going on their own as a freelancer needs to seriously take into consideration.


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3 Comments

  1. Posted December 14, 2005 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ve just read his article and it amazes me. It really clarifies what you need to consider when quitting your job and going to freelance.
    Regards
    Sebastian

  2. Posted December 14, 2005 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Having been a freelancer for 15 years, I agree totally. It’s not easy and its not hard but it is like jumping off a cliff without a guarantee of a safe landing. ;-)

  3. Posted April 24, 2009 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Dimon’s article hits the nail on the head. I’m currently moving into freelancing and his point about working 1.5 full time jobs really hit home.


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