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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