Friday, October 13, 2006

Freelance Programming

The Software Development and programming world is changing. Big companies are getting bigger and small companies are either getting smaller or getting out of the business. Small and medium level buyers have started looking for cheaper options.

The availability of freelance jobs are also on the rise in the market. If a programmer or software architect is ready to put in some extra hours to use his skills and experience, then the chances of survival in the industry becomes much bigger. Freelance Programming is becoming a potential option, too good to be ignored, helping programmers to earn money and buyers a value for their money as well.

Types of Freelance Jobs:

There are lots of reputed freelance websites in the market like rentacoder, elance etc., offering chances for both freelance programmers and buyers looking out for cheaper outsourcing. The type of jobs could be different every time. Some of them could be Development of a new project or testing an existing project or enhancing an already available proprietary or open source code or writing content etc.,

Choosing the write Freelancing Medium:


Since offline marketing is so tedious and will also need a lot of resources. So the obvious choice will be web , the first medium of choice for programmers is freelancing through the web.
Now a days if we type in a simple term as freelance programming in Google, there are millions of freelancing agent websites returned. It is a clear fact that we cannot manage our Service Provider accounts in all the agent websites. So we need to choose a Freelancing Agent will be the one who has a lot of projects to choose from. pays the programmers regularly and sincerely after completion of a project. charges nominal commissions. resolves disputes (if any) by interfacing between the providers and buyers. has secure payment facilities The above are some of the qualities to look for a freelance agent. After doing a bit of research on this subject decide the right option.

Become a Freelance Service Provider:

The first step to become a service provider is to find the right medium and register with it. During registration mention a clear skill set with the domain area of your expertise. Write a neat introduction about what you or your group of people can offer. This intro could include your past experience, any excellence records/rewards, qualifications which you think makes you the right person for the job etc.,


One important point that usually programmers ignore is the account through, which we receive the money after a project is completed. One should make sure he checks out the commission lost while receiving the money. If services like PayPal are chosen, they charge good amount of commissions on a pro-rata basis and also have their own exchange rate which is normally less than the normal Foreign exchange rates.

Bidding for Projects:

After registering successfully with a freelance website, search for the projects. Choose the right project which matches your skill sets and communicate your abilities to the buyer through the e-mails or using the message boards provided on the freelance sites. Do not try to by-pass the site's rules as the buyer could develop a distrust on the provider. One has to be prompt in replying to the queries raised by the buyer with clear answers. Though the messages can bounce back and forth for a while, this approach can really develop confidence with the buyer to choose the provider. The programmer should not be worried about losing some bids but if he can stick to the proper guidelines and professionalism, eventually projects will start flowing in.

Doing the project:

After winning the project, it is essential to complete the project on time. If there is any delay or the project is planned to be for longer duration, the buyer should be kept updated with regular status reports. After completion of the project it is vital to request the buyer to give feedback about the work. These references will help in getting more projects easily.

What are you looking for?

You as a freelance programmer must look forward to reach a well established and permanent client who would select you from a large set of coders and would always like you to work on all their projects. You, being a freelance programmer, are always in need of clients. There are many buyers who want freelance programmers to work for them and once it is done, they pay them and forget them as these freelance programmers are not very important for them.


But the client is very important for the for you. Hence, you as a freelance programmer must always establish and maintain a good relationship with your client. You must always try to gain trust and belief in your client's mind. Customer service skills play a major role along with the coding and technical skills. Although you are dealing with a number of clients, you have to treat each client as if he is the only person whom you are serving. You always have to put yourself in your client's shoes and look at the project from their perspective.


You must avoid assuming that you yourself know much better than the client does.
Discussing all the topics with the client would help to avoid all sorts of discrepancies. Since the client is paying you to deliver a product or service, you're obligated to deliver the way and within the time limit he wants it.

Where, what sites?

There are many assured and secured web sites for a freelancer, who works as programmer, from where you can get the project. These sites are a portal for both buyers and coders. Buyers put in their requirements and the coders can bid for their projects.But, it is most important point for you as a freelance programmer to select an appropriate project. A freelance programmer like you must be very careful while selecting the project. It is better if you choose a project which is similar or same as that you have worked before. You, as a freelance programmer, must at least be aware of the specifications and requirements of the project, so that it will always be easy for your buyer to communicate his requirements to you and help you to understand them and provide your buyer the best product.
However, there are few sites which look attractive but are not secured by any means. So both the buyers as well as the freelance programmers have to be well aware of such traps.
Here are some of the best sites for a freelance programmer:

- RentACoder.com
- Elance.com
- Scriptlance.com
- GetAFreelancer.com
- Programmingbids.com
- www.Allfreelance.com
- www.Codelance.com


Are there any parts where money is better?

You must know the scope and demand for freelance programmers in the international market. Due to the rapid change in IT, the demand for work and hence the demand for freelance programmers changes. There are various areas like games, websites, graphic designing, animations and never ending databases where freelance programmers like you are preferred.
Games are usually incorporated along with high resolution graphics and animation. If you are good in 3D graphics and animation then this is one of the best area that offers good money. A very high level of intelligence is also included. So if you as a freelance programmer are aware of some AI techniques used in games, then there is a bright chance for you to make good money.
Most of the companies all over the globe are on the way of being online. Many large companies are trying to bring up attractive and effective sites. So, if freelance programmers like you possess all the qualities of a web developer, then this is the part for you to win.
Databases are in demand since a long period of time. But, nowadays, there is a large scope for distributed ones. Freelance programmers working on databases like Oracle9i onwards, MySql, SQL SERVER can earn good money. There is a boom for open source technologies in the International market. Combining PHP, MYSQL, PERL, CGI, PYTHON, Java is on a very high demand. There is a large scope for embedded systems and mobile computing, thus bringing money and fame.

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5 comments:

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andres said...

Hello,

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Andy Carter said...

Thanks for this post, it’s hard to browse for jobs online so this makes it a one stop shop, I really appreciate this. Great idea.and want to add one more site i used 99hours.com.

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