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Tips On Internet Design And Development Contracting

Dec 15, 2007
Freelance work has always been a staple of the capable entrepreneur. People who are self-employed know that a life contracting isn't as easy as working for a corporation. Sometimes, the contracts can be overwhelming as clients become increasingly difficult.

Here are some tips for working on the internet as a contractor.

Tip 1. Finding Contracts:

There are many ways to find contracts. The best way to do this on the Internet is to network with people in the industry and look for advertisements on sites such as craigslist.com. Finding a contract is only the first step on your road to financial freedom.

Tip 2. Accepting and Winning the Contract:

Make sure the contract is right for you. The contract should be within your capabilities and abilities before you accept it. Once you find the right job, you'll need to win over the company that's going to be paying you. To do this, you'll have to meet their specific requirement as well as provide them with assurances that you're the perfect fit. A lot of developers will refer to a personal portfolio of websites designed, or graphics created. This is a sure-fire way to let the client know you're serious about contract employment.

Tip 3. Make Sure They Can Pay You:

It might sound funny, but there are plenty of contracts out there, but not all of the clients are willing to pay, or are able to pay. Small businesses are the backbone of society, and in a poor economy, no one is safe. Make sure the company you contract for is able to pay you upon completion. Always ask for a deposit. Depending on your personal reputation, ask for an amount that will work for you. Typically, designers charge a 50% deposit for a website after giving an initial estimate. You are the best person to give this estimate because only you will know how long it will take to develop for your client.

Tip 4. Don't Sell Yourself Short:

Selling yourself short can be devastating to your career. Undercutting another developer is also a poor way to build your portfolio. When you give your rate, the client may see this as your skill level if other developers they are interviewing or in negotiations with give a higher rate. Lower rates will drive up competition and ultimately bring down the cost of contracts in the market. If you sell yourself short, you sell everyone short.

Tip 5. Referrals:

Ask for referrals. In all my years contracting, referrals have made my business succeed beyond anything I could have ever imagined! Developing good relationships with your clients and your clients' friends will benefit in the long run. This will complete the cycle of finding and developing contract web jobs. Remember, it never hurts to ask--especially if it'll help make you more money.

Learning how to find contracts and maintain clients is vital to a career in freelancing on the internet. The more you know, the better prepared you'll be when meeting new clients and writing proposals! Good luck!
About the Author
Eddie Phanichkul is a writer from southern California. He writes on relationships and technology, as well as reviews film and literature. Visit Taking Stuff Apart , http://www.takingstuffapart.com to read more!
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