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!
Becoming a corporate software developer is not the same thing as becoming a freelance programmer or a systems programmer.
Corporate programmers are hired for coding skills in programming languages like Microsoft .NET (ASP.NET, C#, VB.NET, SQL Server) and they tend to work regular, office jobs as contract or full-time programmers.
Systems programmers tend to work with programming languages like C/C++ and they also work for companies like Microsoft that build operating systems or systems software.