Freelancing & Pet Projects — Living The Dream Or Building Castles In The Sky

You don’t see many port mortems about people that did not make it as a freelancer.

Step 1: Have Money, lots of it

Don’t Burn Bridges

Don’t wait too long to do “something”

Don’t procrastinate

Start forming habits early

Keep realistic goals

Be ready to advertise

Expect trolls and harsh criticism

A few examples

The Streamer/Youtuber

  • Do start streaming early, get used to it
  • Do record your streams and make short “best of” videos for youtube
  • Do think about your style and focus
  • Do decide if you want to show your face/identity or not
  • Don’t go all out and buy the most expensive equipment (camera, mic, lights) on day 1
  • Don’t expect people to start watching your stream with zero advertising

The Game Developer

  • Do start coding
  • Do write lots of prototypes
  • Do plan based on your limitations and skills
  • Do find a game type/genre that matches your skills and resources
  • Do think about your core gameplay
  • Do find out if it is fun if you strip it down to the very basic concept
  • Don’t start working on that one big game idea that will revolutionise the industry
  • Don’t ask around for people that might want to join you to build your game
  • Don’t buy expensive software upfront without even testing the waters and learning the ropes
  • Don’t start building a community, discord server, social media campaign and all that on day 1

The Freelance Developer

  • Do reduce your office hours before you quit cold turkey
  • Do start looking for customers and build up some resume projects
  • Do invest some time into your showcase, website etc.
  • Do keep in mind that customer acquisition and customer communications are time consuming and nerve-wracking
  • Do check out Clients from Hell
  • Do maintain open-source code from your own projects and contributions to others’ if you can
  • Don’t expect that this one well-paying company you currently work for as a regular freelancer will be a stable source of income
  • Don’t continuously work for one client exclusively, some countries have laws against that (bogus self-employment)

Some words about me:

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I’m a Web / App Developer & father 👨‍👩‍👧 doing freelance and part-time agency work since 2003, 💻 building stuff on the side 🕹 and attending conferences 🎟

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Konrad Abe

Konrad Abe

I’m a Web / App Developer & father 👨‍👩‍👧 doing freelance and part-time agency work since 2003, 💻 building stuff on the side 🕹 and attending conferences 🎟

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