Have you ever thought of becoming a consultant, contract worker, independent contractor, 1099 or freelancer and then dismissed the idea, because you thought it was too risky or because you were not qualified?
Think about it again because there are far more benefits and fewer risks to becoming a consultant than you may think.
Here is some advice on the risks and rewards of consulting, freelancing or independent contracting from someone who has actually done it!
This question was submitted by Anoush from Glendale, California … Hello, I am a 55 years old female, I have done mainframe programming for more than 25 years before and I was very good in that.
However i have left my job for 10 years now helping my husband in accounting firm.
Do I have a chance to be hired if I learn .NET and create a software?
Do What You Love – Do You Love Computer Programming?
If you love learning programming languages you will put in the hard work that it takes to be the best programmer you can be.
This will involve putting in long hours to learn a suite of marketable programming languages and then going the extra mile to build practical applications that showcase your passion.
Once a computer programmer with marketable programming skills gains handson experience by building real-world, practical applications, he or she is virtually guaranteed not just any type of job … but a portable, marketable, high-paying professional career as a software developer!!
Why? Because in the software development industry, Experience is King!.
Real world, hands on, practical, computer programming experience is valued more than computer programming certifications or even computer science diplomas or college degrees!
It is a commonly held belief that once you learn “how to code in one programming language“, you can easily transition your programming skills to another.
Yet many computer programmers never quite make it because they get lost in the transition from one programming language to another.
When a computer programmer falls behind the technology (programming language) curve, the developer may experience:
- Loss of job security
Medically speaking, Tunnel Vision is a visual impairment that results in the loss of peripheral vision.
It is characterized by the inability to see objects outside one’s center of gaze even though they are still within view.
But tunnel vision also refers to a frame of mind where one is either fixated on a specific answer or unable to see alternatives.
Consider that many Information Technology (IT) professionals evaluate their career options as though there a few choice careers mainly:
- Computer Programming
- Business Analysis
- Project Management
- Data Analysis
This question was posted by Mallory who needs advice on “how to begin a freelance software developer career!”
If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to ask it as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering Mallory’s questions below!
Mallory’s Questions Are:
I have started an account on scriptlance which is for programmers. However I am not a professional programmer.
I joined because I was looking for genuine data entry jobs i could do as a freelancer.