Freelancing; an alternate career

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Some basic guidelines for beginner freelancers. Briefly covers starting freelancing, getting projects, working with projects and clients etc.
Presented at a seminar on "Building Tech Career" at DUET, Gazipur, Dhaka. Arranged by http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/phpexperts/

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Freelancing; an alternate career

  1. 1. Freelancing; an alternate career    
  2. 2. We'll Discuss on ­  Definition   How to start  History   Getting Projects  Why freelancing  Working with Projects  Why it's not  Dealing with Clients   Wise Advices  Impact On regular job    
  3. 3. We'll Discuss on ­  Definition   How to start  History   Getting Projects  Why freelancing  Working with Projects  Why it's not  Dealing with Clients   Wise Advices  Impact On regular job    
  4. 4. How to start? Just decide that you want to start    
  5. 5. Prepare Yourself  Build your skill  Your Blog/Website  Comfortable Workplace  Proper Equipment    
  6. 6. Where to go?  http://www.elance.com    http://www.getafreelancer.com/   http://www.scriptlance.com/  http://www.getacoder.com/   http://www.rentacoder.com/   http://www.odesk.com/     
  7. 7. Build a good profile  Area of expertise  Short bio/resume  Previous works   avoid broken/bad links  Testimonials/Ratings    
  8. 8. Getting Projects Clients are looking for you, really!    
  9. 9. Search projects  Area of your confidence  Don't go beyond capacity  Do take chances (carefully!)    
  10. 10. Place Bids  Read the description carefully  Follow the instruction  Be the early bidders  Estimate timeline realistically  Quote a reasonable price  Attach similar work sample    
  11. 11. Working with Projects Difficult than winning a bid    
  12. 12. Milestones  Points which mark completion of some aspect of a project  Will usually have deliverables  Keen attention in meeting milestones    
  13. 13. Communication  Planning the project  Providing updates on the project  Discussing their feedback  Presenting the deliverables    
  14. 14. Keeping Record Document meetings and phone calls Store emails safely Use a project management application Basecamp (http://www.basecamphq.com/) ProjectPier (http://www.projectpier.org/) PivotalTracker (http://www.pivotaltracker.com/)    
  15. 15. Dealing with Clients  Let him know   Be warm and friendly  Be honest  Know yourself    
  16. 16. Dealing with Clients (cont.)  Stay calm  Be timely  Be available and reachable  Giving attention    
  17. 17. Impact on regular job  Before having a regular job  After having it    
  18. 18. Anis uddin Ahmad Sr. Software Engineer, Wneeds. http://ajaxray.com | anisniit@gmail.com     
  19. 19. Questions?    

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