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Goal Get paid for freelance work.

Discussion in 'Money' started by Shaney96, Apr 20, 2018.

Goal: I will get paid for freelancing a skill I possess. by June 17, 2018 (finished)

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I will commit 5 hours of work per week toward this goal.

  1. Gort

    Gort Robot

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  2. Shaney96

    Shaney96 Active Member

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    Goal Update

    Hours put in: 5.5.

    Takeaways:
    - Focus more toward website development.
    - Use WordPress as a means to getting a portfolio website setup and to further understand WebDev.

    What I've learned is that I'm not going to get very far trying to freelance back-end programming skills. I have more experience in back-end stuff, in various languages, in comparison to front-end/web dev. I think I dismissed web development because I've always seen myself as more of a 'programmer' rather than making stuff look nice. However, I was naive in thinking you couldn't program much doing web-dev, because I've found that you can..

    I spent a couple of hours researching various ways of getting into web-dev, and I felt so fucking overwhelmed. After plenty of deliberation, I feel my first step will be to follow a WordPress course and get my own Portfolio site built. I've learned that WordPress developers are some of the lowest paid, but so what? My intention is not to be a WP developer my whole life, but to gain further understanding of web-dev and actually get a portfolio site up and running.

    In regard to making some money, I'm not entirely aware of how I'll earn something so soon. I most definitely lack the skills for any type of freelance work currently, and I believe getting a site up and running and actually getting excited about creating a site for myself, is a good step forward.

    After this is setup, I can then offer my service for free for some small companies/family friends or whatever. The longer-run intention of this is to eventually become my own brand. I'm not going to mentally masturbate over this idea, but it excites me a little, and I see the potential in it. Thus, I feel the first step is to start creating websites. This gives me the potential to begin freelancing and will also give me a starting point for future projects.

    Taking @James' advice, I intend to look into fashion-related societies/groups when back home (~1 month away) to research into problems and hopefully provide some value as a means to getting a foot in the door. Furthermore, I can think about creating websites for aspiring fashion students when I get back to Uni.

    I also created a profile on a tutoring website where I've advertised basic computing lessons to younger students.
     

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  3. Shaney96

    Shaney96 Active Member

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    The idea of creating an app is still in the back of my mind, but I cannot stand having so much going on, and not actually committing to something. There's no point trying to develop and app, create websites, and learn 3 different languages/technologies needed to have a shot at freelancing back-end skills, as I'll just end up being overwhelmed. I feel making the choice to learn WP and at least get a site setup for myself can bring no harm.
     
  4. James

    James Host

    Best way to avoid overwhelm is to deliberately ignore all the options, and instead focus on the most common. Which is basically what you've done by selecting wordpress (I think the plurality of websites on the internet are wordpress). As I understand it, there are whole wordpress themes out there that let you make a good looking fashion website from the get go (but as always with fashion, the photos are key).

    Avoid any "new framework X" or "cool new technology Y" like the plague. If you later need something extra to do what you need to do, that's the time to research options.
     
  5. Gort

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  6. Fundinn

    Fundinn Active Member

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    Live and learn! To be honest, backend is dying off. That's why their has been a trend in DevOps positions which involve backend work, but also working on infrastructures and keeping things running. There is less hardware involved, we don't need technical specialists checking the racks in the cold room now that most companies choose to use SaSS and the cloud.

    I think that some of them do a good living building templates that are then sold on 3rd party websites like themeforest. Otherwise, I could see low pay if the work involves installing plugins and a theme through the WP-Admin panel.

    I get what you are saying. After I came back from my year-long trip it took me a couple of weeks to ramp up on new stacks. The best you can do is keep moving forward with a focus on the steps that get you closer to your goal. Before you know it, you will have tangible things to show off. Focus on finishing too, I had a hard time stamping things as "done" for some time during college.

    Sounds good, these are small, incremental steps that help contribute to your main mission.

    Check out facebook groups too. Even if they are out of town, there might be a couple of active communities.
     
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  8. Shaney96

    Shaney96 Active Member

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    Goal Update

    Hours put in: 6.

    Achievements:
    - Got a website up and running.
    - Got a decent idea for the website layout.

    Takeaways:
    - UX is important.
    - Don't try implementing something without having a strong idea about 'how' and 'why' and 'what' first.
    - Little and often trumps one massive block of effort.

    For next week:
    - I want a first draft of the home page completed.
    - I want to be pretty confident with the layout of the site.
    - I am to research further into UX and research into other blogs to see what works, what I like, and why I like it.
     

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  9. Tom

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    Nice man. Hope it leads to something for you.
     
  10. Gort

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  12. Shaney96

    Shaney96 Active Member

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    Goal Update

    Hours put in: 5.5/5

    Achievements:
    - Header and footer are done.
    - Got my categories down and more of a vision for the site.
    - Drawn out the pages on paper - got designs down.

    Takeaways:
    - WordPress isn't something I can just learn in a few hours. I was naive in thinking it'd be a piece of piss, and have therefore spent more time doing things than I'd originally assumed because I was too arrogant to start off as slowly as I should have.
    - Get shitty prototypes/designs down on paper before jumping into trying to implement them using a process that you're still unfamiliar with.

    For next week:
    - Get a basic site working, meaning that a user is able to navigate around the site. There should also be dummy posts which will later be replaced with real ones. These will serve as a means of getting a true feel for the design of the site.

    I fully appreciate that the direction of this goal is more toward "get a personal website/blog setup". I don't see how I'll be making any money from this anytime soon, however I believe, once it gets going, that this will be a seed to bare fruit further down the line. It could be something of the beginning of a personal brand. I'm not sure what this could lead to, if anything, however I'm enjoying doing it and feel it complements what I'd like to be doing within the next few years.
     

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  13. James

    James Host

    Well as long as it's tangibly in the direction of money, it's consistent. Building is great, as long as you remember why you're building it ($).

    But still worth keeping searching for back-end programming freelancing work. I'm sure someone out there has found avenues to get it.
     
  14. Gort

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  16. Fundinn

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    Cool Shaney, I hope you'll find that it feels great to say "I did this, check it out" versus "I want to do this, blablabla" talking.
     
  17. Shaney96

    Shaney96 Active Member

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    Goal Update

    Hours put in: 0/5.

    Reason for score: Wednesday-today I've been travelling and at a concert then a festival, although I still could have squeezed out some drafting/sketching and such when I had spare moments. Been reading on the trains rather than putting my hours in, so there's a point where I went wrong.

    I feel I was resisting doing work when travelling since I was unsure of what to work on. The lesson here is to plan out work for the future in bitesize chunks, so I can always work on something when have some time spare.

    Sunday-Wednesday I don't even recall what I was doing in the evenings. I mix of laziness and getting shit ready for my move.

    This week I finish work and will be starting to move some stuff home. I've got plenty to be doing, such as planning for summer, however I've no excuse not to get 5 hours in and won't let myself down this week.
     

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  18. Tom

    Tom Active Member

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    Not a complete waste of time, the above quote shows you gained from it: how you work best when busy. Hope the move goes well. 1 step closer to the pearly gates of uni!
     
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  20. Fundinn

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    Failing to prepare is preparing to fail - John Maxwell, bites me every now and then.
     

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