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Jared • Edited

I've applied to a few remote jobs but didn't make it past the code exam phase. Those exams are ridiculous. So far for me, it's easier to just find freelance work than waste my time studying for tests that don't test my actual ability.

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Paresh

How do you find your first freelance work while someone has worked for full-time through his career? Any tips?

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Jared

I've gotten all my work one of two ways:

  1. Word of mouth.
  2. A freelance agency (in my case Creative Circle here in LA).

How to get freelance gigs is a huge topic not really suited for a comment but I'll try.

Getting your first legit gig is probably the hardest. For me, one of my teachers saw a work ethic in me and trusted me with a gig. Did i get paid well for that? No not really but the work kept coming after that because i followed these two rules:

  1. Be a good person. Having a positive attitude makes for a great experience for both you and the client. Also, be mindful that the client doesn't know what you know. Their ideas may seem silly to you, the expert, but its your job to educate them...nicely.
  2. Do good work. Simple. Every job is a portfolio piece.

I dunno if that helps, but its how ive survived in one of the most expensive cities in the country :)

Good luck to you! Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions.