How to become a successful freelancer
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BY webmaster
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Freelancing is not just sitting home and earning some extra income, it is in fact a proven career option. Anybody who is capable of working in an IT company should be able to earn as much or even more through freelancing. Besides being a viable employment option for the unemployed, it gives students and non-IT employees an addional revenue source. As the adage goes - there is no free lunch - you have to put in some effort to get into this field. However it is not very difficult and if one spends some dedicated effort he/she can start off in this field in a matter of 2-4 weeks. The following gives a mashup of some of the points you have to consider...

Who can be a successful freelancer

  • Literally anybody can become a successful freelancer
  • There are no preconditions and no essential qualifications
  • There will be a field that matches your interest and capability
  • You dont have to have any technology know-how to start with

Essential Attributes for a Freelancer

  • Willingness to work :)
  • Confidence in one's own abilities
  • Desire to grow

Skills you will learn along the way

  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to self-learn
  • Targeted browsing skills and Good internet-search skills
  • Good communication skills
  • (Obviously) Good technical skills

Areas where freelancing opportunities are avaialable

  • Web Application Development
  • Desktop application Development
  • Graphics Designing - logos, themes, icons
  • Website Designing - layout, templates
  • CAD conversions
  • Slideshow Presentations
  • Technical writing
  • Professional Blogging
  • Data Entry
  • Software Documentation
  • Content editing, manuscript reviewing

Before you start off

  • Identify two or three areas where you would like to try a hand
  • Learn essential technologies and tools required to work in the selected areas
  • Identify people whom you could fall back for technological assistance

Starting off

  • Bite only what you can chew. Try out a few small projects initially
  • Communicate with the community your problems and get help when needed
  • Build expertise in the technologies and tools in the selected area
  • Contribute to the community to build your profile within the community

Succeeding as a freelancer

  • Anybody putting in some effort should be able to manage a decent career as a freelancer
  • To succeed exceptionally well you will have to work exceptionally well
  • You will have to gain top-class-expertise in the area you select
  • You should have a very good profile within the community and should be contributing well for the community.

Good luck with freelancing


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on 27th March 2007 / by webmaster
Freelancing is not just sitting home and earning some extra income, it is in fact a proven career Community Projects Entrepreneurship Freelance Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Ranjith Antony (not verified) access_time 15 Sep 2019 - 12:17 Anoop, Have been following your blog for a while. This is a proven concept in US. There is a whole bunch of them here and they call themselves as Indie Developers. Nice name eh? And there has been some successful players in the market as well. Nick Bradbudy is one of them. He is maintaining a blog at nick.typepad.com where he recently blogged some generous tips for wannabe indie developers. I think, his blog is an inspirational tool, which probably you might want to add it to your initial list in this blog. Yet another one is Jan Goyvaerts the creator of EditPad Pro. He maintains a blog at http://www.shareware-beach.com/. I myself is a loyal customer of both Nick’s and Jan’s products and I can attest myself that they do what they preach. Yet another concept, which is somewhat relevant to Freelancing is MicroISV a word first coined by Eric Sink (Founder of SourceGear) and later being used and misused by wannabe entrepreneurs. ~ranjith Add new comment
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Anoop,

Have been following your blog for a while.

This is a proven concept in US. There is a whole bunch of them here and they call themselves as Indie Developers. Nice name eh? And there has been some successful players in the market as well. Nick Bradbudy is one of them. He is maintaining a blog at nick.typepad.com where he recently blogged some generous tips for wannabe indie developers. I think, his blog is an inspirational tool, which probably you might want to add it to your initial list in this blog.

Yet another one is Jan Goyvaerts the creator of EditPad Pro. He maintains a blog at http://www.shareware-beach.com/.

I myself is a loyal customer of both Nick’s and Jan’s products and I can attest myself that they do what they preach.

Yet another concept, which is somewhat relevant to Freelancing is MicroISV a word first coined by Eric Sink (Founder of SourceGear) and later being used and misused by wannabe entrepreneurs.

~ranjith