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bstern

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How to start business as freelance software developer
« on: November 11, 2018, 10:53:42 PM »
Hello there,

My question is a complicated one, at least for me.  I am an engineer (not a software engineer), but I have done extensive programming over the years.  Java, Oracle, PHP, and so on.  While I have been able in the past to pick up side work, it has mostly been building websites.  These were mostly for small businesses.  As more and more websites have become easier for people to make on their own, I haven't felt the demand, and particulary, it hasn't interested me that much to setup Wordpress sites.  With Wordpres it seems that the fun part, the programming, is pretty much done.  However, I do enjoy the more challengine aspects of programming, and I am very skilled at it, as I did it almost exclusively for several years.  I wanted to ask if anyone on the forum had advice how to freelance one's software skills and turn it into a self employment business.  I just don't know how to even go about that, and if that possibility really exists in enough quanitity to make a living, or do one, by the very nature of the task, more or less need to be employed by a company to do that sort of work.  How does one get clients, what kind of clients would I go after, and so on.  Obviously, there is the possibility of making a software product and marketing in yourself, but that is not really want I am considering, as I don't really have a product idea.

Thanks
B. Stern

thewizard

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Re: How to start business as freelance software developer
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2018, 07:45:35 AM »
Can you use a site like this to get started? There was another but I cant remember what it was. Its like Task Rabbit but for developers.

https://www.upwork.com/cat/developers/

Also this thread a little earlier.

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/entrepreneurship/who-here-has-had-success-with-upwork-or-fiverr/

MaaS

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Re: How to start business as freelance software developer
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2018, 09:38:13 AM »
Hello there,

My question is a complicated one, at least for me.  I am an engineer (not a software engineer), but I have done extensive programming over the years.  Java, Oracle, PHP, and so on.  While I have been able in the past to pick up side work, it has mostly been building websites.  These were mostly for small businesses.  As more and more websites have become easier for people to make on their own, I haven't felt the demand, and particulary, it hasn't interested me that much to setup Wordpress sites.  With Wordpres it seems that the fun part, the programming, is pretty much done.  However, I do enjoy the more challengine aspects of programming, and I am very skilled at it, as I did it almost exclusively for several years.  I wanted to ask if anyone on the forum had advice how to freelance one's software skills and turn it into a self employment business.  I just don't know how to even go about that, and if that possibility really exists in enough quanitity to make a living, or do one, by the very nature of the task, more or less need to be employed by a company to do that sort of work.  How does one get clients, what kind of clients would I go after, and so on.  Obviously, there is the possibility of making a software product and marketing in yourself, but that is not really want I am considering, as I don't really have a product idea.

Thanks
B. Stern


Here's my idea for you:

Marketing has adopted technology like crazy over the last five years. There are over 5000 solutions being used: https://chiefmartec.com/2018/04/marketing-technology-landscape-supergraphic-2018/

In fact, marketing spends more money on technology than IT does (or will soon, depending on your source).

Internal IT departments (generally) do NOT support the usage and integration of these tools well. There are frequently programming and API projects needed to connect these 5000+ platforms.

Point solutions are integrated through the CRM system (Salesforce) or marketing automation system (Marketo, Hubspot, etc). It's within those platforms that the opportunity exists.

To get to the point:

Study up on the API and developer resources for Marketo and Hubspot (Salesforce is more competitive). They have open communities where you can answer questions and generate leads from users.

Source: I'm a self-employed marketing consultant to who see's this problem constantly. If I enjoyed programming, this is the business I'd start. Besides a Cybersecurity consulting service for SMBs. Another huge, under-served market.
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