I have a BS in mechanical engineering and a couple years experience performing FEA simulations for a company in the US military/aerospace industry. I recently found out that there are consulting firms out there charging a lot of money for the same type of services I perform.
If possible, I'd like to get my PE license and begin offering my services on a freelance basis. If I can do that successfully, I'd like to form my own consulting firm.
My main concern is that I won't be able to find clients. How can I find my way into this market? I've heard that a lot of CAD work is being outsourced and I'm not sure if the demand for these services is really there.
I've searched for mechanical engineering listings on freelance sites but I've mostly found low paying odd jobs. My ideal customers would be legitimate companies that need reliable FEA services but are small enough to not have their own mechanical engineer. How can I find these customers? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
posted by PeterKlayton
on Oct 3, 2013 -
I have been a travel agent at a small incentive company for 10 years and am considering starting my own freelance business. How do I determine if there is a market out there for what I want to do? [more inside]
posted by kdern
on Aug 5, 2013 -
I seem to be in a pattern of working someplace for 4-5 years, slowly getting more and more dissatisfied with where I am and what I'm doing. Finally I quit the job and find another only to repeat the same process. Help me break the pattern. [snowstorm inside] [more inside]
posted by signsofrain
on Jun 21, 2013 -
I'm currently doing the 9-5 for a company as a software developer during the week and am a church organist on Sundays (as well as a few other freelance music gigs), but I would like to leave the office behind and become a freelance developer so I can spend more time on music. I've thought about this a lot, but now I want to actually DO it. What steps do I need to take to make this happen? Does anyone have experience being in this type of situation? [more inside]
posted by mrbob14
on Apr 3, 2013 -
I'm technically an independent contractor but essentially an employee without benefits for a small company. How do I renegotiate a higher fee when I've gone over hours on projects these past 6 months ? I am underpaid for the services I provide - my fault for not being more savvy at the start. [more inside]
posted by faraasha
on Feb 11, 2013 -
Doubting if I am cut-out for freelance/independent work. There seem to be quite a few independent professionals here; it'd be wonderful to hear your thoughts/experiences. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 17, 2012 -
Have you escaped office drudgery and/or being controlled in a job to launch your own independent, creative, fulfilling career? Please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by bearette
on Oct 18, 2011 -
Job_Offer_Filter: I'm a struggling freelance writer trying to (someday) break into the pr/communications field. I've just been offered a staff writer position at a small local newspaper. Does accepting the job inch me closer to my desired field? Or just burden me with a ton of unmarketable experience? [more inside]
posted by sureshot
on Nov 23, 2009 -
How can I parlay the sudden improvement of my freelance writing resume into career advancement?
posted by hifiparasol
on Jun 22, 2007 -
I'm a web developer, not a designer. How can I leverage my skills to make some cash outside of my day job? [more inside]
posted by Leon
on Jun 2, 2007 -
Yesterday, I interviewed with a headhunting/creative talent agency. Should I sign up with them formally? [more inside]
posted by aladfar
on Aug 9, 2006 -
I'm looking at taking on a freelance consulting project for a nonprofit in the SF Bay Area that involves creating web interfaces to a SQL Server backend. This would be my first non-voluntary (i.e., >$0) freelance project. What rate should I ask for? [more inside]
posted by treepour
on Jun 9, 2006 -
I am giving serious consideration to setting up as an IT consultant. I'm well proficient in Windows and Mac, Office suites; applications and web technology. In addition, I enjoy talking and fixing computers. I've done some such already, but on a small scale and for people I already knew. My question is: what kind of things should an IT consultant be able to do, what are common requests, what should I charge and how (per job/per hour?). Are there any potential pitfalls? Is it a good idea? Thanks a bunch.
posted by dance
on Apr 4, 2006 -
How to break into science and medical freelance writing? High background in science, little background in writing [more inside]
posted by Wolfster
on Jan 19, 2006 -
ResumeFilter: Applying to a Fortune 500 company. How do I show the last two years of freelance experience without coming off as a maverick? [MI] [more inside]
posted by parma
on Jul 13, 2005 -
Inside, there's a lengthy question about freelance writing and resumes. [more inside]
posted by COBRA!
on Jun 22, 2004 -
How does one become a freelance writer? I've written for money before, but it's all been for assignments that fell in my lap. How do I begin to seek out places to write for? Do I just put together a portfolio and submit to various publications? Any tips would be appreciated, as I'm basically starting from square one. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue
on Apr 27, 2004 -