Succeeding as a Freelance Programmer

Stefka Newman (20.Apr.2018 at 15:00, 50 min)
Talk at Longhorn PHP Conference 2018 (English - US)

Rating: 4 of 5

How to get paid? Should I charge per project or hourly? How much to charge? Where to find clients? How to get the project done? Which programming field to choose? I started freelancing since I was 18 and I grew into creating a company with a steady revenue stream. Starting out can be a daunting task and many give it up because they can’t find clients or get paid too little, or worst – get stifled! I will talk about the most serious problems I stumbled upon and how to overcome or better yet, avoid them!

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Rating: 3 of 5

22.Apr.2018 at 02:02 by Buster Neece (6 comments) via Web2 LIVE

The information and anecdotes presented here were good, but I didn't feel like they told me much of anything I didn't really know already. Get paid upfront, don't work with people you don't trust, that kind of thing.

The problem is, at least as I see it, all this advice comes from a place of privilege in being able to be picky and walk away from your clients. If you're in a financially comfortable position, you probably have the liberty to do the things mentioned in this talk, but if you're struggling already, you may not. I would've much rather heard a talk that included that latter group of people, providing advice on how to protect yourself even if you can't always get exactly what you want. In other words, if you have limited latitude to fight for yourself, what you should be focusing on fighting on, rather than what you should be looking for in an otherwise ideal world.

Rating: 5 of 5

22.Apr.2018 at 19:34 by Ed Barnard (79 comments) via Web2 LIVE

I appreciated having Stefany tell her own story, explain her own experience. I agree with the other comments - there is room for expansion, explaining more strategies for dealing with situations that don't go well.

Rating: 4 of 5

03.May.2018 at 11:19 by Eric Leversen (9 comments) via Web2 LIVE

Speaker had good knowledge and a passion for the topic. One suggestion would be to introduce herself and explain why she's an expert in the field rather than launching directly into her talk.

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