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Freelance Programming/Web Design

Discussion in 'General Programming Chat' started by jerry_lewis, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. jerry_lewis

    jerry_lewis Newbie

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    The old school labor force of the internet. What do you guys think? It's a different economics ideology than "turning a profit" through conversion rates or whatever, and it's more similar to SEO in business practices and work ethic.

    I know Python, and I'm working on C/C++ and will soon move into internet programming languages (HTML5, Javascript). Do you guys think it is worth the time and undertaking to try my hand at freelance programming? Eventually I want to learn SQL and various database programming languages.

    I'm willing to do what it takes, but so many tech-folks and kids out of college with programming degrees discourage me. What do you guys think, as people who actually do make money on the internet.
     
  2. theMagicNumber

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    I've been working for around 2 years as full time freelancer. My income was $1500(sometimes more than $2000 but it is rare) per month, the more knowledge you have the more money you make. There are some guys that make 5 figures per month, but i think they have a team. The begining is the most frustrating part, it is really hard to take a project as the competition is a killer nowadays with all these indian people that will work for few bucks a day. There are some freelance websites - freelancer, elance, scriptlance etc. Freelancer used to be a good serrvice, but now they have very nasty fees, but i have a good account there and i don't want to throw it away.
     
  3. SYAWEDIS

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    I would say that's it's a very tough business to get started. I am starting out myself, and the lack of work can be discouraging sometimes. There is a ton of competition offering the same service for rock bottom prices.

    But hey, if you enjoy it as much as I do I say have at it. There's plenty of work for everyone, and don't drop your pants for anyone ;)