Jason Swett Went from Losing a Job to Finding a Home Based Freelance Career

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Jason Swett is a developer, trainer, author and former panelist on the Ruby Rogues podcast.  Since putting his first website online in 1996, Jason has worked with organizations like AT&T, Lenovo, VMware, HP, Dow Jones, Deloitte, Kroger and the University of Chicago.

He has taught programming in the United States, The Netherlands, Bulgaria and Nigeria.

Jason is also a co-organizer of the GRWebDev Meetup, the largest programming meetup in West Michigan. He lives in Sand Lake, Michigan with his wife and two kids

1) How did you get started working from home?

I got started working from home by transitioning from full-time employee to freelancer.

2) How did you choose the work-at-home career you do?

I work at home as a software developer, which was my profession for many years before I went fully remote.

3) How did you get started (basic initial steps)?

I got fired from the full-time job I was working at. Rather than get another job, I decided to go freelance instead.

4) How did you get your first client or customer or job?

My first client was a former employer. I reached out to a number of my former employers and let them know I was available for contract work.

5) How do you market your business?

I market myself primarily by maintaining a network of peers who can refer software development clients to me. I also write technical articles online which helps position me as an authority when I find myself in conversations with prospective clients.

6) What does your usual day look like?

I wake up around 7am and get started working around 8. I usually spend the first hour of each day working “on” my business, doing things that will improve my long-term career prospects. I spend the rest of the day on billable client work.

7) What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I would have understood in the beginning that there’s usually not much of a distinction between having a job and being a freelancer or contractor. When I was first starting out I expected to have a lot of freedom as a freelancer. What I discovered was that most freelance programmers basically just have a job. Understanding that early on would have helped me avoid disappointment.

8) What advice would you give someone who wants to work from home?

My advice to someone who wants to work remotely would be to form some relationships with people who have the remote work situation you desire. Ask them how they got where they are, then copy what they did. There are a lot of different kinds of remote work and the path to success with each will depend on the particulars of that type of work.

Find Jason Swett  Online:

Website : Code With Jason 

Twitter: @jasonswett 

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