Freelancing outside the 9 to 5

So I’ve recently been seeking some extra work outside of the 9 to 5. My Slack community DEVANZ has provided me a few avenues, personal connections in Melbourne also came in pretty handy.

Through the Slack chat I’ve been working for a company up in Sydney remotely on some PHP + AngularJS freelance work, and also had the opportunity to write some testing code in Protractor for AngularJS for another company.

One I’m eyeing at the moment is Toptal – which genuinely seems like a great idea as they only hire the top 3% of the applicants (apparently). So the clients I assume would be pretty happy, and given that you got in as a developer – you’d be pretty happy too I assume 🙂 Oh, and I guess I should apply for the Web Engineers Group there.

I’ve been meaning to apply on Toptal for a while now but I’ve been putting it off since I was finishing up some projects, in particular 2 AWS migration jobs. Now that’s out of the way, it’s time to look around again and start buffering those opportunities! 😀

Oh, and back on the topic – what a time to be alive as a  Web/Software Developer/Engineer, because we have it the best. If you are with a company that looks after your work/life balance, I suppose you’d be doing something similar to a 9 to 5 – which I must say, can be pretty rare these days – but if you are, it gives you so much free time to work on some other cool things like freelancing or working on your own, the-next-billion-dollar-idea projects. I really do think for myself that I should place SaaS in the bigger picture and work towards something in that space. Come to think of it, work conditions in Australia (Melbourne) has generally been nothing but great.

Closing words – it is 1:38am, I need to be up again in a few hours so it’s time to shut the MacBook lid and my eye lids and sleep!

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