Originally Posted by scm007
Any developers out there getting good paying contracting jobs while on the move? I'm not talking about rentacoder type bull.
Yes... well, kinda. I'm not on the move yet, but I will be later this year. I currently work
remotely as a full-time employee for a software
company. I will continue to do so after I've moved aboard. My employer doesn't care where I work
, so long as I produce results and can visit the office every 4-6 weeks.
I have already started to make contacts and line up contracts for the time when I'm ready to stop making office visits. I have one long term contract
that I have been working since 2006 that will keep me going indefinitely, long after I quit my full-time job. (This contract
has been the primary funding
source for the boat
I currently own and the next boat
.) I also have at least two other contracts both of which are short-term, but one has residual income
In my experience as an off-site contractor, it's feast or famine. If contracting is your entire income
, have savings to make it through the the famine. Don't expect to find work between November 15 and January 15. Be dependable and available. I can't tell you the amount of work I've picked up just because the previous contractor just disappeared one day.
Don't be afraid or too proud to be a rent-a-coder. If you're on a boat in paradise living on pennies a day, why do you need the stress or income of a full time professional programmer job? (That is, unless you're like me and have a boat loan to pay.)