Off the back of these courses I’ve also invested in learning via the courses here that Sitepoint have put on - pretty much all of them! (php, css, JS, html5) along with a lot of books on mainly CSS2/3, html5, jQuery, and recently some good books on Typography. I also try and read as many blogs such as the ones here, Smashing Mag, etc to name a few.
I’ve come to the point where I’d like to do this for a career, but obviously lack the ‘career’ experience. I’m toying with freelancing, but doubt it will pay enough to live off initially. I’m wondering whether it would be an idea to try and freelance outside of a more regular job (I’ve been in IT for over 10yrs, more support and network support stuff) building up a portfolio.
My traversals around the web have led me to various impressive front-end developers who work at agencies etc, but freelance. How can this be done? Appreciate it may be a stupid question, but how does the tax side work out? ie. If you are PAYE (in the UK) for a regular job, can you also set up a Ltd. company that deals with all the taxes from freelancing? Is there an umbrella company that can do this?
Sorry, turned into a bit of an epic that question! Appreciate any pointers though, as ideally I’d be keen to try and freelance - but realistically I think I’m going to have to do so alongside a regular 9-5.