Hacker Career Advice

Before You Start Freelancing

In 1789, Ben Franklin wrote that “nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Of course, he wasn’t a software developer.

For hackers, there is one inalienable certainty: everybody has a “million dollar idea” and they just need a developer to “code it all up.” If you’re game, this can be a profitable source of income. Enter, freelancing

When you evaluate freelance opportunities, keep in mind that your clients probably won’t grok Agile, scope creep, how much developers actually make, or have clear expectations in mind. It’ll be up to you to manage them: