What are some successful ways that you have tried to land a small software contract gig. I would love to hear your experience
When you say contracting gig, what do you mean? You want to be a contractor or a consultant?
We have previously hired collaboration from upwork, with mixed success. I’d classify that as generic contracting, all those were definitely for entry level tasks. In all the other years of dealing with contractors, mostly from abroad US, results have been fairly discuraging. Perhaps because my different employers always looked for the cheapest options, and most of the time, we had to have someone full-time babysitting the code changes. Considering that cost, I kid you not, most of those, would have been better served by doing the work ourselves.
On the other side, I’ve worked and returned recently to work for consultancies. Let me give you a brief historical perspective of how our contracts landed etc, albeit it might sound like “the rest of the fucking owl”.
I am curious to hear from people that manage to do consulting successfully solo. I guess having a book or a successful tech blog or famous project might help. I wonder if one day I’ll have the troughput.