Making a living as a freelance coder is a great option if you've got the technical skills. You can work from home, set your own hours in many cases and enjoy the benefits of being your own boss. The problem is, many other coders know these truths, and the market is saturated with competition. That doesn't mean you can't earn an income from home, but it does mean you need to plan your approach for finding work and getting hired. The following tips should help:
Open a PayPal Account
Many freelance coder jobs will send money to you using PayPal. It takes several business days for PayPal to verify your information and bank accounts, so it's important to set up your account earlier rather than later. When you get hired for jobs, your PayPal email address is one of the first things an employer may ask for, in order to pay you for work. Don't delay getting paid because you don't have an account that's verified and ready to receive payments.
Rewrite Your Resume and Cover Letter
Your resume is important in the job hunt process, and it needs to be in tip-top shape. Hiring a resume writer is not a bad idea if you can afford it and need help. You should come across as professional, and you need to make relevant work experiences stand out. You should also have an outstanding cover letter that you can modify and use over and over again. A resume writer can also help you edit or rewrite a letter for you.
Apply for Freelance Programming Jobs
Finding and applying for jobs as a freelance software code writer and or freelance coder is the best way to start making a living from home. You can find jobs on websites that list freelance programming jobs, either exclusively or among other technical jobs. Some of these websites include:
There's more than enough free websites available to find work. Avoid paying fees to join a website, in order to view job opportunities.
Don't Waste Money on Bidding Websites...Initially
Bidding websites appear popular, but the individual freelance coder has difficulty making much income from those websites. The mega bid sites, the only ones that would be worth considering, are geared towards teams of programmers. One person is dedicated to searching for and submitting proposals all day long, and then they outsource work to freelance coders that they work with on an independent contract basis. You would be better off finding a team to join, and getting work that way. Otherwise, you'll spend much of your time submitting bids, and you may get a few jobs here and there, but not enough that will make the time you put in worth it. You could earn more building up your own business. Once you establish yourself as a freelance coder, you can consider networking and building your own team. At that point, bidding websites may be just what you need to land projects and outsource work.
Overcome the competition by presenting a solid resume, cover letter and persistently applying for jobs as you find them. You can make a living as a freelance coder from home, if you're willing to work hard at finding jobs.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.