I started my software developer career in 2016 as an employee in corporations. I learned a lot and I had very cool colleagues. I started working as a game developer in Unity3D.
After a year and 3 months I decided to change the corporation and started working for a bank in Italy, Milan. I worked in this bank for almost 1 year and a few months. The experience was very beautiful because I was working in a foreign country and I was starting to travel.
After this experience I changed the corporation again and started working in the financial field. I work with Microsoft .net technologies on the backend and API integration side.
The financial project was very complex. It was a web application from which I learned a lot. I had almost 5 years of experience in the field, but I didn't seem to be fully satisfied.
Something was missing, but I didn't know what. I lacked freedom and independence.
In 2021 I decided to try to find clients and become a freelancer.
I started looking for projects on linkedin, upwork, everywhere. Finding clients becomes a real challenge for me.
In the end, I found my first clients with the help of closed freelancing platforms like: We are hiring
At this moment I benefit from all the advantages of this lifestyle and my income has tripled.
How did you manage to find your first clients as a freelancer?