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Your dream can become a reality. A few ideas:
- select clients carefully. Know when to say no.
- don't lowball your billing rate
- bill in thirds
- learn to market and sell - or partner with someone that can market and sell
- market and sell even when you have jobs
- give a professional company appearance even if you are a solo dev
- don't give up on your dream
Good luck 🍀 ask more questions and never give up on your dream!
I just yesterday unregistered my own business after a litlle more than 12 years since I first started it. What can I say? Business has been good at times, and sometimes it's just been unnecessary bureaucracy. At least I've gone with my dream and have nothing to regret :)
My experience with freelancing has been weird. I was not able to find much in Freelancer or Upwork, but did manage to get recurring gigs after going out and just asking about tech solutions inside the biggest industry where I live (import/export ) and while I did find one of my biggest jobs, but It feels like a regular job. I am contracted into 2 companies at the moment. But literally work there, like inside my own desk and stuff. So it really does feel like a regular job. Your JS skills can translate to a lot of cool things though, maybe you could apply them into revitalizing existing applications to use all the benefits of React, and if the chance arrives you might be able to build entire small applications with Meteor for more dedicated businesses. So my recommendation would be to find existing software and convince them of incorporating react into it. Its what I did and pretty much work as a JS developer. Your dream is completely possible though!
@AleCx04 thanks for sharing experience. Definitely an interesting experience. Best of luck for your future too.
I'd say I am very privileged, girlfriend (hopefully soon fiance) has a stable job and says she will support us when I make the transition. So I will have freedom I need to look for clients and build products/services.
I definitely see a market for small (local) businesses who want more out of a website than a simple "who we are" website.