Anyone successfully gone rogue?

Verathon / Eng
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Verathon Eng

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💅 Seattle
nawmore
Feb 22, 2018 19 Comments

I estimate that I can make about the same amount of my annual salary in 6 months if I change to hourly as an independent contractor. This is risky of course and requires you to always be hustling and looking for the next gig. Plus insurance and other misc benefits. Thoughts on working contract to contract through agencies? Or cut your own contracts and prospect on your own (cut out the middleman)? Anyone have experience here?

Tbh I'm tired of working 12 months per year and only getting 3 weeks of vacation to enjoy myself. Surely there's a better way even if it means a pay cut in exchange for all that time back.

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  • Lyft redRadish
    How do you even get started with this.
    Feb 22, 2018 5
    • Splunk xjdjeifkc
      Yeah, I'd like to know too.
      Feb 22, 2018
    • Facebook Hyperplane
      You have to know people, which is why you generally only see more seasoned people do this.
      Feb 22, 2018
    • Splunk rorry
      Ok, how do I know people? The only thing I can really think of to get people to come to me is to do some kind of content marketing. I rather do something that people likes or write something that people like or I don't know what else
      Feb 22, 2018
    • Facebook Hyperplane
      I usually find these through people who I’ve worked for
      Feb 22, 2018
    • HealthNow / Eng binarycafe
      People with more experience have seen more people through having a bunch of different jobs / experiences. Try going to conferences, talks, tech meetups, and networking events. Get your face out there in the tech community
      Feb 22, 2018
  • Twitch Babasheep
    I was a consultant for a couple years. The pay is indeed good, but if you are prone to anxiety, I would not recommend it. It’s feast or famine. I ended up saving about 50% of my take-home to give me peace of mind through the out of work periods. You are also at the mercy of your clients. You will have to deal with politics and stupid work just the same. Not all clients will want remote devs, so you will have to be open to coming into the office just like a normal job. There’s also other stuff like taxes and health insurance you have to take care of.

    If none of that bothers you, and you are good with money, and you’re a good hustler with good contacts, the freedom is pretty sweet. And if you can fill your pipeline consistently, you can clean up
    Feb 22, 2018 3
    • Verathon / Eng
      naw

      Verathon Eng

      BIO
      💅 Seattle
      nawmore
      OP
      Thanks for sharing your perspective. Why did you quit? How did you fill your pipeline?
      Feb 22, 2018
    • Twitch Babasheep
      I quit because i got tired of having to find more clients. My initial clients were all first degree connections, ie, coworkers who I worked with in the past who were at new companies and needed extra help and knew me and could vouch for my work. Once I exhausted my personal network, became much harder on the hustling side. I think if I were to do it again, I’d want to have a personal blog or something where I could have some independent authority that would make the hustling easier.

      I tried Upwork but the quality wasn’t as good. The best clients were people I liked at new startups who raised fresh capital and were looking to hire like crazy and were amenable to my rate ($180/hr)
      Feb 23, 2018
    • Verathon / Eng
      naw

      Verathon Eng

      BIO
      💅 Seattle
      nawmore
      OP
      Great advice. Thank you.
      Feb 23, 2018
  • Oath / Eng NotNew
    I know a friend that just does 6 month contract and just take the next 6 months off. Although most likely he does this because he’s nearing retirement.
    Feb 22, 2018 5
    • Verathon / Eng
      naw

      Verathon Eng

      BIO
      💅 Seattle
      nawmore
      OP
      That sounds pretty ideal, although I might prefer a few 1-3 month contracts with space in between each. How's his comp?
      Feb 22, 2018
    • Oath / Eng NotNew
      It was $150/hr rate. This was 3 years ago though.
      Feb 22, 2018
    • Verathon / Eng
      naw

      Verathon Eng

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      💅 Seattle
      nawmore
      OP
      Interesting, thanks
      Feb 22, 2018
    • Facebook Hyperplane
      That’s relatively low rate for a seasoned swe (is he swe?)
      Feb 22, 2018
    • Oath / Eng NotNew
      Yes. He’s retired now. I know he works as SAP consultant, whatever that means. Before that he was full time contractor for last 20 years as far as I know. I think he switched to part time after his kids graduated college.
      Feb 22, 2018
  • Amazon ktaa05
    Some fields lend themselves to consulting more than others
    Feb 22, 2018 0
  • Undisclosed BJTr25
    Start investing and earn some passive income?
    Feb 23, 2018 1
    • Verathon / Eng
      naw

      Verathon Eng

      BIO
      💅 Seattle
      nawmore
      OP
      I think that's easier said that done...
      Feb 23, 2018