Answers from a Freelancer: An Interview Looking at the World of Freelancing

Freelancing, especially with regards to computer and website work, has become extremely popular. There are dozens of popular freelance websites that are connecting website owners with freelancers to get many projects done. I have interviewed one of those freelancers to get an inside look into his job.


What is your name, age, and location? 
I am Michael M., I am 19 years old and I live in Ontario, Canada.

What made you want to get started in freelancing? 
Well when I first started getting into computers and coding work, a lot of friends would ask me for help here and there, I had a lot of other family friends ask me to make them websites for their companies and it was work I really enjoyed doing. So I thought why not try to make a living doing it. Fun work and you get the chance to meet and work with people from all different fields of employment.

What areas do you specialize in as a freelancer? 
Mostly PHP & CSS design. I do a lot of working with PHP and MySQL backends. I also do a lot of work designing the site in CSS according to XHTML standards. I’m also pretty well versed in AJAX, Javascript and Actionscript.

What are the benefits for you to work for yourself doing freelance work? 
Probably the same as anyone else who works for themselves: You set your own hours, it’s easy to get to or from work, especially when you work from home. You have lower overhead in most cases which leads to better profit. The best I would say is you actually get to deal with all of the clients; you’re not just some small part of a bigger machine so you really get to meet a lot of different, interesting people when doing freelance work.

Do you think you’d want to work for one company in the future? Why or why not? 
Would I want to? Probably not because I like the freedom of what I do now, but chances are I will probably end up working for a bigger company as freelancing at times can be hard to provide a paycheque. There’s so many sites now that offer people a chance to “rent coders” and with so many younger, non-experienced coders that don’t know what they’re doing bidding bottom dollar it takes away from the work, and it takes jobs away from coders who are very talented and can actually get the job done right.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with regards to being a freelancer or freelancing in general? 
To clients looking to hire a freelancer, there are a lot of people out there that will take your money and not code, or will simply provide you with a half coded script they themselves didn’t even make. When picking someone to code for your project, do your research! Ask for examples of their work, ask for a reference or two, and realize larger scripts can take 30-40 hours to code, at $10 an hour, that’s $400. That might seem like a lot but for the work that goes into it, like anything else in life you get what you pay for.

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