Normal Job or Freelance?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Aranince, May 13, 2007.

  1. Aranince macrumors 65816

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    Well, I'm 16 years old and wondering what I should do. My career is Web Programming and Design. Mainly programming till I get better at the design part. Now, for this summer, I want to get a job mainly so I can buy a MBP(unless something interesting is announced at WWDC), and for other essentials.

    Now, I have done work in the web area. I've made a flash site for my Church Youth Group, and I've done small things for my dad's company. At this point, should I try and do some small freelance work here and there, or should I just get a normal job. I differences I see is, a normal job you get paid your payment every week and your guaranteed it unless I lose the Job. Freelance I would get more money, but the work is far between and might be hard to find stuff that I can handle. Any advice? should I just work on getting my portfolio bigger? I probably need to get more php/mysql related stuff instead of just html/css stuff on there. I know PHP/MySQL very well, just not much work to show for it.
     
  2. SMM macrumors 65816

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    try to find an intern job. You get experience, exposure to business, and regular pay.
     
  3. NeoGreen macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, intern is the way to go. Try posting a resume on an online job search. That should help you.:)
     
  4. Aranince thread starter macrumors 65816

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  5. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    I work both sides of the fence. I work for a college doing many of the same things that you are experienced in, as well as providing freelance services.

    My suggestion: you're young, find a job with someone so you can learn more of those skills that you indicated, as well as working odd jobs as a freelancer. You get the stability of a salary and the opportunity of a freelance.

    About your resume:
    It's a bit plain, but you've got the idea. My one thing is that I list my jobs from oldest to newest to give the reader an idea of my background, moving up in skills and responsibilities until the present.

    http://www.seanmcollins.com/site/Home_files/iwebresume.pdf
     

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