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Helping My Dad Get Started

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by teenmoney, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. teenmoney

    teenmoney Regular Member

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    OK well my dad has been looking for some ways to make extra money. So naturally I started thinking online. He knows C pretty well and a little C++ so he wants to do some freelance programming.

    I don't really have any experience doing that so I am wondering how we can get started?

    Should we create a website for him?
    What kind of portfolio can you create with programming?
    Should he join GAF, elance, rentacoder etc?

    How would you get a new freelance programmer on his feet so that he can get some jobs and make some money?

    Thanks in advance for the answers :D
     
  2. jammie

    jammie Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Make a website with a portfolio of work, some references from past clients and relevant qualifications and experience. List prefered work types etc. (i.e. if your dad is amazing at automating tasks, say so!). If he's worked with major corporations, if hes worked as a consultant etc. just get it on the website. It can be hard to think of things to add, but it is pretty much his sales page, and i'm sure you know how important they are!

    Sign up to guru,rac,gaf etc. and do some cheap work for ratings, then establish a base rate and get doing some proper work. You can increase your fee periodically aswell etc.

    Portfolio work can include example applications for download, high-level descriptions of algorithms designed etc. It doesn't have to be anything major really.

    You could always do work on the sites and use that in your portfolio and link to that later.

    Just remember, portfolio = more work gained in the future. So you want to get one build up ASAP. Better portfolio means higher fees. Higher fees = more money.

    Its hard, labourious work, but it can pay quite well!
     
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  3. teenmoney

    teenmoney Regular Member

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    Thanks man thats some great advice!

    Is there a lot of work for people who know C? I mean is that language still used a lot?
     
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    C/C++ are what most 'real' applications are written in. (i.e. ones where power matters--all 3d games, drivers, operating system code, web browsers, communication layers, etc.) So yes, there are definitely people looking for C/C++ programmers. It's arguably one of the hardest things to code stable code in and also one of the most powerful--if he's good he'll do well for himself.
     
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    Hi there teenmoney. There is a huge market for programmers who can create customized programs.

    I only do VB but I see tons of jobs that require C++. The sites that you listed above is a great example.


    Rentacoder
    Elance
    odesk

    this is just a few that you can look for jobs on. Let him browse and find jobs that hes good at and put in low bids just to get him started. It will help him to gain money, boost his profile and gain exposure for himself. The more you can show stability the more that it will attract people to you.

    On top of bidding for jobs do as started above. Creating a website with your portfolio, pricing, qualifications, and list any special skills you have. This will show that you are not only reliable but you have thought ahead and ready to dig in and work.

    Now that you have him doing these you can always go through the many forums online and post in the BST areas. Programmer for hire. Post how many days/hours you are available and I'm sure he will get a ton of work.
     
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  6. teenmoney

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    Hey thanks for the advice guys. I will get him started doing some of that stuff
     
  7. shaqsquash

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    i would offer more, but they have listed everything i would've suggested :p good luck!
     
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