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Road to software development - Freelancing
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Road to software development - Freelancing
Hi guys, I am looking for some advice how to get started as a beginner or some exchange with someone of you in the same boat.

I finished my bachelor in electric engineering (my second career, I m not that young) with an emphasis on software development. Now I have a pretty good foundation in several programming languages (mainly C/C++ but also some web related from html over Javascript to PHP), but mainly from the theoretical side.
The advice of many digital nomad bloggers to skip the university was probably right, but ok that s over now.

I started working in a big company, programming machine controls mainly in C++. I am learning more and more every day in this field, but I am very sure that I don t want to end my life in an office 9 to 5 job.

For sure every experience and every learning has value, but I have my doubts if I am on the most effective road towards location independent freelancing. My time horizont to achieve my goals is 1 - 2, max. 3 years and not 10.

Although I have good (theoretical) knowledge about programming, the problem is when I read through the projects on Upwork and other platforms, I can t find anything where I would say self assured: Yes, I will do this alone. Maybe it s a lack of self assurance or just a lack of positive references, I don t know.

And still having the doubts if my current job will teach me the things I am lacking. Maybe I should also consider another niche, something more web related. Embedded systems and machine control in the big industry is, although in high demand and well paid (with experience) , it seems to be not the best tailored choice for location indpendent freelancing. Anybody here with other experience?

Often you read the stories of someone attending a coding bootcamp for a few months and starting out with freelancing and travelling the world. I have a technical degree and together with internships also more programming experience. So what am I missing? On the other hand you hear many people who say for freelancing you need tons of experience and it s only an option after several years in the corporate world. Who is right? What exactly am I missing? What should I learn and where can I get this? Thanks for any input.
12-16-2017 06:25 PM
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