Freelancing.. Is it still out there??

Where to Freelancing

Freelancing used to be a little easier a few years back, but as of late it seems more and more, the jobs out there are being outbid by people all over the country for $10 an hour. Almost like what happened with big Corporations going overseas, thats what we now have yet again.

I know that money is money, but seriously? My time is more valuable that $10 an hour. minimum wage is almost that high. I’ve tried a few. Freelancer, Guru, oDesk to name a few. It just seems like all of them are infested with the same issues.

Has anyone had any real good experiences with freelancing sites? I’m not looking for a new job, I’m looking for some supplemental income, but not a waste of my time.

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About Gregg Coleman

I am Senior-level Software Engineer working primarily these days with .NET. I have a good working knowledge of ASP.NET MVC, Web Forms, WCF web services and Windows Services. I spend much of my time in the Web Services (SOAP and REST) world in my current job designing and implementing various SOA architectures. I have been in the software engineering industry for about 6 years now and will not now nor ever consider myself an "expert" in programming because there is always so much to learn. My favorite thing about designing software is there are always new emerging technologies and something to learn every day! My current job has me spending much of my job on the bleeding edge of technologies and changing gears all the time, so I'm never bored and always challenged. On my spare time I enjoy weight training, reading and venturing to new places near by. Of course programing and learning new technologies are another hobby of mine.
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2 Responses to Freelancing.. Is it still out there??

  1. Nikki Manson says:

    >$10 an hour
    Jesus Christ, that’s less than a janitor’s rate, but if they want a janitor who have just finished the “teach-yourself-C-in-24-days” book, then it’s quite reasonable.

    I’ve been on the hiring side, so I know well that if you don’t want hundreds of keyboard monkeys begging you to land them a gig, you never put an ad explicitly telling that your company needs to hire a worker, especially on those sites you’ve mentioned. Otherwise, it’s going to be understood as if that’s what you’re looking for – a desperate, self-(mis)taught, and, of course abysmally skilled self-proclaimed “programmer.”

    That’s why companies that see quality as top priority and pay decent will always keep it off the job market’s radar, and expect freelancers to be proactive at trying to be hired.

    Did you try making unsolicited business proposals to companies?

    • Gregg says:

      No I haven’t. I can definetly see your point. I guess like many programmers out there, not being “Mr. Social” also makes us not the best at Cold calling or being that sales guy that has no problem Calling random companies and asking if they have software / Web programming needs. Again I’m not talking about those jobs that are 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I’m talking about the side jobs that can be done outside your normal programmer hours. I know they must be out there. It’s just whether or not they are out there at a reasonable hourly rate.

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