Freelance

Freelance marketplace for field engineers и создание сайтов

If we talk about the work that engineers can find, then the three most popular engineering vacancies are in the first place in demand among employers as the work of an electrical engineer, only applicants are in no hurry to announce the vacancies they have announced - 29% of vacancies versus 17% of resumes.

How to start freelance? Practical recommendations:

The situation is exactly the opposite with a vacancy, a civil engineer 31% of applicants are ready to fight for 19% of the vacancies of employers. In third place are service engineers, whom employers also want more than candidates for these positions - 17% of vacancies for 6% of the resume.

Examples of engineering assignments

  • 3D Modeling (developing a virtual model and conducting a computational experiment using AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, SolidWorks, Ansys, Catia);
  • Chemical technology and engineering (design of chemical industry enterprises or chemical experiments);
  • Civil engineering (tasks on the design of spatial and structural solutions for buildings and tasks related to techniques that limit the negative impact of human activity on nature);
  • Electrical Engineering (calculation and analysis of electrical circuits);
  • Engineering mechanics (design and features of the operation of technological equipment);
  • Materials science (calculation of the behavior of materials in various conditions);
  • Software design (software development);
  • Heat engineering (calculation of methods for converting and transferring heat);
  • Mechanics of liquids and gas, hydrodynamics (calculations related to the movement of liquids and gases and their effect on streamlined or solid bodies).
  • Here you will find theoretical and practical tasks, for the solution of which our experts use such technical support as: Mathematica, MatLab, Maple, Multisim, Ansys, Solidworks (Flow Works), Visual Studio Express.

To start freelance work you need to go through the registration procedure and the qualification test for the chosen specialization.

 

В представлении многих фриланс - это идеальный вид занятости. Заказал создание сайта или разместил объявление и получаешь заказы. И конечно, ты сам выбираешь, где, когда и сколько тебе работать и зарабатывать, ты не привязан к офису и по большей части сам себе хозяин. Вся деятеьность происходит онлайн на сайте или блоге. И это действительно может быть правдой, точнее, только её часть.

In the minds of many, freelancing is an ideal form of employment. You yourself choose where, when and how much you work, not attached to the office and for the most part your own boss. And it is really true. More precisely, only part of it.

Why did I leave the office?

It is often necessary to come across the opinion that freelancers are some losers who have no career prospects, “underspecialists” who don’t bring any value to the enterprise, and cannot get on with the team. Going to quit? Yes, we are only happy!

And from hopelessness, a person goes to freelance. Many really believe in this myth.

But I do not agree with him. In my case, they offered to stay, and the conditions were very interesting, only there was no desire to stay.

Why? The problem with any person is that whatever he does, sooner or later he will get tired of it. If you came to the position of an engineer - sit yourself, “engineer” year after year and do not lean out - what is your design, what is your marketing?

Of course, the projects will be different, but here the problems with them within the framework of one organization will be the same: “it is customary with us”. Over time, this starts to vomit. In addition to this, your growth as a specialist will be very one-sided and will quickly hit the ceiling.

Change organizations, hold leadership positions?

As an option, yes. But you still have to play according to the rules of others and in a rather narrow corridor.

In this sense, freelance is an excellent way out for those who are interested in constantly developing in several directions and, most importantly, if they want to flexibly and painlessly adjust these directions.

In my opinion, there is no sadder fate than doing all your unloved business all your life. And the choice made at the age of 18–20 is not so often the right one.

The fate of man is a life-long project, and personally I want to have complete control over him.

Is this real freedom?
Opponents of freelance argue that "free swimming" is not so free, because now every client is your new boss. But the fact is that this will be true only for one who himself agrees with this statement.

Everything comes from the head.

My freelance is "I Corporation."

The client is my counterparty, my partner, but not the boss. We are equal and a point. And maybe it's just luck, but the customers who would argue with this, I have not come across.

Freelance is real freedom. That's just too early to rejoice. Indeed, now, among other things, you are also free from the regular flow of finances, stable workload of projects, insurance, sick leave, communication with colleagues and other components of the life of an “office slave”.

What awaits you?

At first I wanted to divide the list into two parts - positive and negative points, but in the process of writing I realized that most of the items would be a plus for one, but a minus for the other. Everything is very individual and depends on the nature, so decide for yourself:

  • You will have to take full responsibility for your life.
  • You will decide when, where and how much to work.
  • You yourself will decide when, where, how much and, most importantly, what to rest on.
  • You will be paid only for the work actually done, and not for the time “at work”, therefore, the freelancer lives (contains a family) and eats / does not eat only for what he could / could not earn.
  • You will be able to choose and change the sphere of your activity and further development, but you will be deprived of the right to stop developing.
  • You will move very little and begin to get fat (yes, time on the road was not so useless), you will be forced to exercise more diligently and even more carefully monitor your health and body.
  • Even an introvert will lack communication with people.
  • It will be easier for you to set aside time for meeting friends (but if most of your friends work on a five-day day, don’t be surprised that you will begin to move away: there will be less and less common problems (topics for conversation) over time).
  • You will have to constantly develop in areas that you probably did not think about before (or did not want to think about): sales, marketing, accounting, negotiation strategy and tactics, personal branding and much more.
  • Competition swallows you as soon as you stop in your development.
  • You will not be able to stay afloat for a long time if you yourself do not create (or find and modify existing) systems and methods for accounting for time, customers, incomes, expenses, as well as a pricing policy and a strategy for further development.
  • Among other things, you will never forget about these: budget planning and customer search.
  • You will have to learn how to communicate with people.
  • The circle of acquaintances will constantly expand, and interesting, but sometimes very non-standard people will join it.
  • You will understand how much a quiet and comfortable workplace means, and not the fact that your apartment fits these criteria.
  • Responsibility and punctuality should be synonymous with your name.
  • The level of your income will directly depend on how creative you are, talented and hard at work.

If you still think whether freelance is for you, just honestly answer your question: 80% of what you read above is a plus or minus?

How to start freelance? Practical recommendations

On the topic of work + freelance or only freelance goes a lot of controversy. I am of the opinion that if you already have a permanent job, you should definitely start with combining.

Moreover, this does not mean doing hackwork during working hours - you have evenings, weekends and in the extreme case of the night. It is worth quitting only when the income from freelance grows and this activity brings pleasure, and the work really begins to interfere with the further development of your business.

Before leaving, be sure to save the amount for which you (and your family) can live for at least six months.

My mistake was that I had accumulated only two months of “autonomy” and by the time this money ran out, there was still no constant flow of customers. In general, do not repeat this mistake, it can be expensive: there will really be nothing to eat, nothing to pay for housing, and relations with loved ones will begin to heat up.

Well, if it works out and you immediately start to make good money, then still do not rush to waste your savings.

Let it be your personal stabilization fund, which will come in handy during a period of calm among clients (for example, in the summer), and you will thank me again and again for this advice. In general, it’s worth preparing for the transition, and preparing in advance.

If you already know what services you will sell to people, make sure that there is a demand for them (there is a lot of information about testing niches on the Web - I see no reason to retell). Again, if you don’t know, resolve this issue before writing your resignation letter.

And, most importantly, first try: find a customer, receive and complete the order. After trying, calculate the time to complete the order and compare with the payment at the current place of work. It may turn out that the game is not worth the candle.

For example, engineering freelance is very poorly developed, since engineering activity, as a rule, is very much tied to a specific production. Orders in the field of engineering are almost impossible to find. It is for this reason that I have been combining freelance with my main job for so long.

Get ready to change. I myself am slowly moving on to projects related to real estate and design, since there is much more work in this sector.

Customer search, exchanges and reelances competition

Most of the time a novice freelancer spends in a mode of constant search of clients.

Many recommend that beginners go to exchanges. Honestly, I can’t imagine how a beginner can get an order on the exchange, given the current state of things.

A profile without reviews and completed orders can attract a client except at a meager price. But, firstly, working “for food”, you will quickly lose interest, and secondly, dumping, as you know, kills any market.

This is exactly what we now have on most modern exchanges for freelancers: spoiled customers in search of free labor and newcomers fighting with foam at the mouth for any order.

Competition with freelancers from Belarus and Ukraine will be a rather interesting task for you: can you prove to the client that you reasonably ask for the same work twice, or even three times? It’s not always possible to put pressure on “quality”, since the quality of these guys very often is really “on the level”. How to solve this problem? Think for yourself: a lot depends on a specific industry, but the problem exists, and this is a fact.

It would be unwise to criticize exchanges and not offer anything in return. My answer is social networks.

This is really a very convenient way to search for customers: you can search and segment potential customers by age, profession, geography and carry out targeted mailing of your offers (not to be confused with spam), communicate directly with people, create your own community and receive orders through it, choose who, what and under what conditions you can offer.

Also worth mentioning are message boards and forums. At the initial stage, do not neglect these methods of attracting customers - it really works.

The main task for a freelancer in the first year is to make a name for himself. To do this, collect feedback.

Moreover, social networks come to the rescue here: reviews left by “living” people in your group or public are a very good contribution to creating a personal brand.

Следующим шагом будет заказать создание сайта фрилансера

The next step is to create a site: on it you can post more detailed information about yourself and your services, portfolio, reviews from social networks and reviews left directly on the site. If everything is done correctly, then over time you will get new customers from search engines.

Someone can argue with this approach, someone will defend the merits of exchanges, but I described my personal experience, and now just saying: “This will not work” will fail. Ultimately, everyone solves the problem of finding customers for himself.

This is a rather complicated, but interesting and creative process.

Obviously, the higher your level as a specialist, the less you will be concerned about the problems of competition and the search for customers.