How are the web dev’ers doing in the small business world?
Hi all, I` new here and I`ve really been pondering taking a jump as a freelancer. I`m really glad I came across this site! I`ve wanted my own business for years, but since I have a decent job right now, I`ve just been waiting until my job goes south, and then making the entrepreuner jump out of nessecity.I`ve managed to grow some very good skills in the web dev area, and thats what I`d like to do when I go it alone. It`s just that some of my side projects have not been that profitable or managable for that matter on a part time scale. I`ve also read a few posts here that makes me feel that web dev isn`t such a great area to make a business out of. Which puts me partially back at the drawing board.My experience in web dev goes beyond pretty. While creating the pretty part is the most fun, I`ve been working the past several years adapting quickly changing business needs into a web based automation and and managment type "software" I suppose. Lost of calendering, scheduling, workload management and wild reporting - along with the usual server side resource management, disaster control, etc. So I have a great understanding of the business layer, and losts of experience with the database and backend, along with snappy photoshop skills. I`ve gone well beyond the shopping cart.I have a couple of projects in the works as "resume builders", but they are mamoth in size, and one I think I`ve even missed the boat on because when I started it there was room for "another", but now that niche seems a bit saturated. I`ve also watched ideas I`ve had that I thought where stupid become successful for others. I`d like to build on the experience I have, and be on the front lines for the "next generation" of the internet, but I`m just not sure if I can compete. I`ve been living and breathing this stuff for years, but I guess everyone else has as well.I`ve had other ideas as well, but none of them look to profitable when I dig deeper into them. Is it natural to go with what you know, or is better to just watch markets and jump at something even if you have no clue at first?I guess I need to make a decision soon, whether I have a good job at the moment or not. I`m getting older, and most of the oppourtunity (especially in web dev) is reserved for the younger crowd.
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