Should I work as a freelance programmer?
August 4, 2010 8:28 AM Subscribe
Very general question: Freelance programming - how/what/when/where?
posted by oracle bone to work & money (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've heard a lot of people talk about working as a freelance programmer and based on that and some rather vague information, I think I might like to try to become one. However I don't have anyone close to me working as a freelancer so I was wondering if there might be fellow mefites willing to give me an insider's perspective?
I'm 3rd year (undergraduate, going onto 4th year) in a US university pursuing a degree in a science field (not computer science), but have taken some intro to medium level computer programming classes. I would say I'm competent in Java, C, and Python. In terms of web programming languages, I know html, and have dabbled in php, mysql, and jquery. I wouldn't say I know a lot about programming but I find it very interesting and am definitely willing to learn more. I'm interested in programming probably as a part-time job.
I have some specific questions, but feel free to throw out anything you think I should know...
1) What skill level would you need to be to be a freelance programmer? Right now I don't really have a good grasp on how good a programmer I am. What should I be able to do? What projects should I have worked on?
2) What is the pay like, what is the work day like, and how would I go about finding clients?
3) What are some things that an outsider might not know about, or might not expect from working as a freelance programmer?
As you can probably tell I don't really know a lot. Thanks in advance for any information!