Hey everyone! Right now I'm in a predicament. I've enjoyed doing my own projects for some time now but it doesn't really generate much income. Sure, I
could sit down and focus on a what might be a "killer-app" but that takes months of planning and let's not even get into the resources it takes to
build something like that and the high risk it poses since these kind of projects are never, ever a guarantee.
But I need money by January, a lot of it. I tried going on craigslist and finding clients, they all go with the lowest bidder which is less than
minimum wage (thanks India/Philippines!). I go to these project hunting sites, but again -- they usually go with the lowest bidder. Of course,
outsourcing is prevalent and is killing the industry for those that are trying to make a living off of it in the US.
Going door to door like a salesman is pretty much the only option left but I am terrible at sales because people don't believe that I'm almost 30,
they all think I'm 14. When I approach them I immediately get turned away. I used to go to meetings when I was full-time in the industry and it was
not a problem because they were already on-board with the project. But these days now that I'm alone, my looks really are deceiving to them. So when I
do get a offer, it's usually about $200 or $500 for a project that lasts about 2-3 weeks. Usually that's a few thousand dollars, at least where I
would work at before. I don't have the swagger to go around and take names unfortunately and as much as I try, people just think I'm a cute kid
wanting to freelance like it's a paper route.
I've looked into temp jobs because having a full-time permanent job for just a few months and then leaving isn't a good idea. I mean, I have a kind
heart and I don't want to waste their time if they expect a full-time employee for years to come, and I don't want to look like a douche to my next
And so it has come to this. I'm running out of ideas on where to find leads. I can build games, websites, and software (but not very much on mobile
platforms just yet), can even design like any other pro but my goodness is it ever hard to find clients on your own as a freelancer. People tend to
prefer to do businesses with other businesses and there's a lot on my portfolio that I can't just show because I had signed contracts that I would
only state that I worked for the company but cannot showcase what I've made in my portfolio (which was stupid of me, I know).
I'm at the point of either doing a kickstarter game and hoping people will jump in on it or go the shady route of applying for a full-time position
somewhere and quitting in January when I move. I'm not sure if this is the appropriate forum to post, but I hope someone feels my pain. But I am
willing to add a few things to my portfolio even if it's for free but I can't take too many requests. I won't link to my work right here because ATS
isn't the kind of site I want the NSA to link to my true self if you know what I mean, but PM's are ideal.
If anyone has suggestions, please let me know. Unless I were living in a third world country, outsource payments aren't enough to live off of. Thank
you for your time!
EDIT: Before anyone suggests this... No, I will NOT whore myself out to 100 fat chicks.
edit on 11-9-2013 by Em2013 because: (no reason