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Freelancing As a Programmer Is Hot Now!
May 16, 2017

Weekly Newsletter for Freelancers

Freelancing As a Programmer Is Hot Now!

Do you believe that top freelancing programmers can earn $1,000 per hour? It seems incredible, doesn't it? According to an article in the Hired Blog, this is correct. However, it is important to remember that the laws of supply and demand work in every market - even freelance programming.

Hot markets have the habit of attracting top talent to earn the top money. If you decide to go down this path it is always important to be aware that markets change. It is wise to save for when the market changes because it will.

This quote seems very appropriate to hot markets and keeping a sense of balance:

"I think the greatest demand actually comes from within, not from outside." - Steve Easterbrook

Brenna Flores has written How to Start Freelance Programming: Tips for Software Engineers. You can read Brenna Flores article here.

Motivate Yourself!
“Make new friends, but keep the old; Those are silver, these are gold.” — Joseph Parry

Are You a Member of a Freelancing Meet up Group in Your Community?

Our children have grown up now, but my wife still goes off to meet up with her “Young Mums’ Club” members who are still in the community. She has established lifelong friends from this group.

Similarly freelancers have a vested interest in being motivated to search out other freelancers in their area. It does not mean they would be looking for co-space working environments, but networking and sharing of ideas and the trials and tribulations of freelancing at home provides a lot of plusses for the members.

There clearly is a need for the formation of Meet Up groups for freelancers. Where there is a community need, it does not take long for this to provide the motivation for someone to initiate a solution. There is now an App for this.

I live in Melbourne, Australia, where there are a lot of freelancers according to the last study report of freelancing in Australia by Edelman. This report by Edelman is a bit dated now, but I imagine that there would be about 4.5 million involved in freelancing in Australia now. This is very much in line with the experience of the United States.

Here is the link to the Meet Up groups App in Australia.

If you live in another country and would like to find a similar group, I believe that a Google search will soon find a lead.

Productivity Tip Of The Week

What Freelancing Jobs Can You Do From Anywhere In the Word?
If someone said to you twenty years ago that there is a long list of jobs that you can do from anywhere in the world, if you had internet connection, you probably wouldn't have believed them. That has changed forever.

I recently had some excel spreadsheet work done for me by a freelancer in New York. He was an excellent worker and I was very happy with his work. However, he made no secret of the fact that he was moonlighting and he also had a day job.

When I was out walking the dog I was thinking about him working away at night on our project while he was half a world away. Yes, there is nothing to stop freelancers working on similar projects while they are in transit to work on public transport. You can see that, with the global high prices of housing, there is going to be an increasing number of people starting to moonlight to help balance the family budget. From the family's perspective, this is going to lift its productivity.

I am happy that they are able to do this because the alternative for many families is that they will get themselves in deep financial trouble. In the early nineties, this opportunity to lift the family productivity didn't exist.

Johannes Volkner has written an article for the Web Work Travel Blog entitled 18 jobs & skills that enable you to work from anywhere and travel the world. You can read Johannes article here.

Work-Life Balance Tip Of The Week

Are You A Member Of An Online Hive?
The Freelancers Union could be called an association or federation of unaffiliated workers. It is often referred to that way because it is not a traditional union that is bargaining with an employer.

One of the benefits of being in the Freelancers Union is that it has started cells of like minded workers who can share ideas, stories and tips from members that can live in various countries. The Freelancers Union has called them Hives.

One of the Hives is for graphic designers and artists who can ask questions of their fellow Hive members and get answers and support. This can lead not only to better Work-Life Balance, but also to increasing your income and cutting costs.

These are typical questions the Hive members have asked:
  • "How to handle Copyrights/Usage Rights when quoting Character Designs”
  • “How do concept artists handle the way they grant rights? One area that I am not very experienced in, but growing, is creating concept art."
  • "Has anyone stumbled upon a thorough check list for becoming a freelance designer? I've done freelance side jobs for years but I would like to ..."
  • "Being a creative solo business owner is one of the toughest entrepreneurial businesses out there. That's why we created this highly anticipated event for creative ..."
You can read more about the Hive for graphic designers and artists here.

Financial Tip Of The Week

Who Controls The Finances In Your Family?
Who controls the family budget and finances in your family? You might think that is not an important question, but it is. Even if you are young and never had a day's sickness in your life, it matters that both partners know how to manage the family finances even when you are the work at home freelancer as well as looking after the children.

It does not matter whether it is Mom or Dad who goes off to work in the 9 to 5 jobs or who earns the most money. The following story illustrates why it is important for both Mom and Dad to understand family finances:

I am currently writing a novella based on my experience as a financial planner in helping a young widow whose husband died from a melanoma when he was in his early twenties. My client was a very courageous young woman, who had two young children, but was being bullied and her fight for justice was long and hard. I will let you know when it is completed.

However, the issue is the family budget and finances should be a joint responsibility.

Laura Lifshitz has written an article entitled Why Moms Should Be Mindful of the Money in Marriage for the Pop Sugar Blog. Follow this link to read the article.

Freelancers And Cyber Security

We have gained approval from Robert Siciliano to bring you extracts from his books related to cyber security for freelancers. Robert Siciliano is an identity theft expert and consultant. He also gives self defense and personal safety seminars. Robert provides safety and identity theft fraud prevention tips and advice on multimedia channels in the United States. We have his approval to bring you weekly extracts from his books:

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