Sure if you live in a first world country find your own clients, but for the rest of the world finding your own clients is not only hard but really dumb. Why work for someone locally for peanuts when a client online will pay you 20 times more?
And especially since these sites do not tend to attract the very best paying customers.
#freelance #css-lance and ##php-lance on irc.freenode.net where people hang around for chat, if they are for hire.
I often hire for small problems by IRC chat. Just join the right channel to ask some challenging question. Thank those who helped, and pm them, if they are for hire. They already showed that they can do the job, so I only need to convince them to solve my little problem for good money. Instant hire to solve my problem, instead of an official advertisement that I'm hiring, and being flooded by hundreds of application mails.
What I would say is that we at YJ feel very strongly that the future of
work is freelance. We've (literally) put our money where our mouth is on
this belief (not to mention our careers), and so we, and I'm guessing the
others in this space, really want to work with the freelancer community
to make this happen.
I've been a freelancer (developer), and a hirer (as CTO at various companies),
so feel reasonably in touch with both sides of the market, and frankly, neither
side functions properly. You (as freelancers) shouldn't be paying 20%, and
employers shouldn't be wading through the cr^p that traditional freelancer
recruiters put them through. We're all working on making this better.
Whilst we're doing our thing, there are some great competitors in this market,
and hopefully they would agree with me when I say please don't give up on us
- the world of work is changing, and we're all trying to push it along
in the right direction.
Oh, and one minor rebuff - the very best employers in London, certainly,
are using online services, whether that be YunoJuno or any of the other
sites listed - and whilst the names on the list may change, the migration
to online services is inevitable. This is your future, get involved.
There are exceptions to this - some recruiters are good guys - but they
take a lot of finding.
Most of my work is corporate enterprise. I have a side project, so that code I can share, but I don't have an open github or anything.
Regardless, it's pretty clear to me from the numerous times this sort of topic comes up around here and my own experience that the real important question isn't "what kind of portfolio do I need?" so much as "who do I know?". Short of being far less introverted/shy than I am and thus attending meetups, cold calling, or the like, I'm not sure how to overcome that.
My client was smart to ask for exclusivity to be removed a year from then. A year later I transitioned to them, getting a 16.66% increase (which is just under the full commission I think).
Anyway, a dev portfolio can be an extended CV where you describe in details what you did on your previous assignments, the technologies you used. This is what I was asked for by the various HR shops that were trying to place me. No github account needed.
What should we add? Who have we missed?
(Or maybe there's something about my approach I need to improve?)
- I contacted the first trough oDesk and we work together for 1+ year
- A client saw my personal website when searching for Django developers in my region
- Another client via LinkedIn
Good effort on the site; bookmarked for later when it comes time to do outbound. :)
 http://railyo.com (my side project)
I'd suggest (especially if you're just starting building a freelance portfolio), create some IFTTT alerts for the type of gigs your looking for in the dozen or so CL cities near you. Obviously, avoid the equity/profit trades and min. wage gigs.
Get out a meet the people that matter in the companies you want to work for.
Remote is an option for companies posting jobs, and we do see them, but not nearly as often as on-site work.
More info here:
We are a riskier bunch to hand over root access to random contractors on the Internet.
There are posts re freelance sysadmins on the big sites like Freelancer.com and Guru but not much else I can find.