I'm an experienced C# dev who wants to set up own business and I want to know what is the best route to getting clients.
I have a client at the moment and will finish project in about 5 weeks but I don't know where to source future clients (UK based preferably). There is another project coming up within the same company but I'm not counting my chickens (although I have been promised a good reference by current client/department).
EDIT: If you're wondering why I don't just get a job like everyone else? Well the reason is because I've been in hospital (psychiatric) twice and have two four year gaps in my CV and no one wants to take a chance on me (understandable? maybe).
I've been in hospital (psychiatric) twice and have two four year gaps in my CV and no one wants to take a chance on me (understandable? maybe).
"Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove." ~ Terry Pratchet
That's how I got here, despite the gaps
If you can teach, I'd suggest you add that to the list of services provided. Might not be as much fun as coding, but it may help to pay the bills. And go out a lot; any software-related presentation, show, anything with computing - go out and talk to people.
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If you need custom software for specific hardware then you would need to
1. Create appropriate specifications, both functionality and target OS.
2. Find someone to create it for you. You could look to either paying or doing profit sharing.
If you want to sell software then you would find a vendor that would sell to you and you sell it. Just like any other product in a shop.
As a freelancer, I wouldn't even contemplate working without Professional Indemnity insurance. It *might* be OK if you're delivering a non-mission critical standalone app and don't *ever* go anywhere near the clients' servers or collect any data. But in practice I wouldn't sleep at night without it, especially as I frequently have to make changes to the clients' servers, manage confidential data, and write systems that are central to my clients' businesses. Never had to claim on it, but that's not the point - it's knowing it's there.
I'm in the UK so can't recommend any US providers.
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