How to Become a Highly Paid Freelance Programmer
The best way to earn money as a programmer would be to locate a customer (buyer)
locally with in your area. The benefit of locating a customer within your area is that the
competition is a lot lower compared to advertising and promoting your expertise on the
internet as a freelancer. However, if you have the extra time to spend on the internet as
a freelance provider, in the long run really boost your income.
The following lists are superb places to start earning an some extra income.
Each of these websites has their own pros and cons. You should become aware of these
issues before proceeding with one of them. A good example would be Elance and Guru have
membership fees included in their service while RentACoder and oDesk is totally free.
How does it work?
The buyer will post a bid on his/her project. The coder will have the chance to ask
questions and place their bid. The buyer then responds to any questions, asks his/her own
questions, and then selects the individual they want to work with on the project.
The winner of the auction is not always the one that has given the lowest bid, rather
the buyer considers all of the facts such as; Ratings, Examples, Correspondence through
questions and answers, the knowledge to perform what the buyer feels he/she needs to
complete the project, and last but not least the bids. Once the buyer has selected a
winner, the coder then has twenty-four hours to turn down this job offer, without any
repercussions. The coder might decide to do this due to any other bids that may have been
accepted. The buyer then may select another coder.
Do not assume that your bid will be the lowest and you will get the project. Place several
bids according to what the buyer needs are and your ability to perform the task at hand.
How to win the bid?
My best advice on how to bid would be to list all your programming background
experience in great details. Build your resume according to all of your accomplishments
and with great honesty. Remember, I cannot stress to you how much your honesty is
important to your business online. Buyers soon are able to determine those individual
coders that are not completely honest. The Buyers are the future of your online business.
When starting out you might wish to place a lower bid. This will be your starting
point. You can ask in your bid that if you win this project with the lowest bid, the buyer
would be willing to let you use them as a reference and leave a positive rating. This will
benefit both the buyer and yourself. As long as you do a good job, most buyers are very
willing to do this for you.
After you have established yourself and earn credibility, then this is the time to make
take it to the next level. You may start placing higher priced bids. The buyers will have
the tendency to be more willing to pay the higher price for your work if you have the
reputation for doing great work on your previous projects.
Not only will you be able to earn money on the internet but as well as you are
improving your programming skills. The reward for all the hard work and sharing your
expertise cannot always be measured by the accomplishments that you have made.
Jomar Pabuaya is a computer programmer and currently working as an IT Head in the
government. He is also a computer instructor teaching computer programming. You can visit
his website at Sourcecodester.com