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    Question Hi! What does it take to become a freelance software developer?

    hi i want to know how can a person start freelancing, though i am not an expert and just begin my carrier in software development but like to know what does it take to start freelancing in software development

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    Network, put a site a site together, join LinkedIn... it's about getting yourself out for the world to see. Best of luck.
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    See if you can find a place where you can be useful. I've seen lots of people who start out in a community helping people with small tasks and sometimes getting paid. For example, in our community at phpLD, some people wrote small mods for the script, and built their business. I am not going to tell you that making mods is going to make you a living but it can help you get connected with people who need web development work and you can start to grow your client base.

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    Don't worry Saurabh. Please go through my guide and you will know your answers. Do contact me in case of any doubt. I am myself an experienced online freelancer.

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    If you're just starting your career in software development, your best bet would be to get a few short-term or medium-term contracts so that you get some experience and a regular (but time-limited) paycheck. Being a freelancer means you're really running a business -- one that provides software development services -- and the biggest thing that sinks all new businesses is lack of money and clients. If you do a few contracts, you make contacts in your area and can build off that as well as build up some cash flow.

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