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Everything posted by Rashomon

  1. Thanks, David. You asked for my background. Here it is and where I am now: I started my career doing mainframe development – COBOL, JCL – that sort of thing. It was good pay for an easy job, but I saw there wasn’t much of a future in it, so I taught myself Flash, Actionscript, iOS, and Android development. I worked as an interactive multimedia developer for two years. I was the only developer on a team of three people. During that time, I built two iOS apps, one Android app (both native), a multi-user trivia game that was hosted on Facebook, and a slew of Flash features. I didn’
  2. Thanks, David. Is $60K on the high side for freelancers, or average? An experienced developer can make $80k to over $100K working for companies fulltime and as contractors. What percentage of freelance developers make $80K? What about $100K? What about after tax deductions?
  3. I've really caught the freelance bug, but I have a question about earning potential for developers. I did some research on yearly pay for developers. I saw a few articles saying that the US average for freelance developers is about $5k per month. That comes out to $60k per year. That might be great for some junior developers, but I make close to 6 figures working for companies and for contracting. Although the benefits of freelancing are very enticing, I would have a hard time taking such a pay cut. (I'm not bragging - Most seasoned fulltime and contract developers make this much and
  4. I had trouble with The Mirror's site, so I'm going to risk replying without reading. I think that's an encouraging trend. The bad news is that people need good ideas (among other things) in order to be successful entrepreneurs. The good news is that by just having that "entrepreneur" mindset will make it more likely that people WILL come up with good ideas. I've been binge-watching the heck out of "Shark Tank" on Netflix - three season - about 75 shows! Lately, I've noticed that I've been more attuned to the "pain points" of myself and those around me. I've found myself loo
  5. I’ve been a developer for >20 years, and I want to go into freelance. The problem is that my design skills are very raw. Therefore, I believe I would greatly benefit from partnering with a good designer. I have some questions, though: 1) What percentage of pay is typically fair for both parties and how does one decide? To me, development seems more difficult and time-consuming than design, so I could see a larger split going to the developer. However, I could be wrong about the time and difficulty. Plus, it’s crucial to have good design. I just want to be fair to both parties.
  6. Stephen - I haven't started freelancing yet, although I've been a developer for over 20 years. My take on your parents' situation is that this gives you a great insight into what goes on with clients behind the scenes. You can see how easily they get sidetracked by "life". Now, imagine this happening to clients who aren't family. So, if they don't get back to you right away, don't take it personally. As for your third site, did the client pay anything up front? (I believe Stefan recommends 1/3 up front, 1/3 at the first draft, and 1/3 at completion.) If she did, then... well... enjoy you
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