How it Started Vs How it’s Going: Gun.io developers share their career journey before joining our platform

By Taylor Veino

Whether you’re hesitant to make the jump from salaried to contract work, or you’re just having trouble navigating your freelancing practice, going it alone can be scary. The list of pros and cons can be a long and jumbled mess that just leads to more problems to solve and more options to weigh. Whatever your pain point is, it helps to see how others in your shoes have found success as independent software professionals.

We asked a handful of Gun.io developers a little bit about how they got into technology, where they were in their career when they joined Gun.io, and how freelancing (especially on Gun.io) has changed their career for the better.

 

Replace In-house with freelance for full-time work

How it started:   How it's going:
A computer science major working in a full-time in-house role was only interested in doing contract work on the side, but didn’t have any client/project acquisitions at the time.   Within a month of joining Gun.io to acquire quality clients and improve their previous financial situation, they quit their full-time in-house role and began work on a long-term contract project.

 

Level up an existing freelance practice

How it started:   How it's going:
A self-taught programmer was spending more time on admin and client acquisition tasks than their projects. They were looking for help managing and finding quality clients, outside of the ones they had acquired through social media and Linkedin recruiters.   After joining Gun.io, they’re engaged on a full-time basis and are free to focus on their work and balance their personal life at the same time—all while the platform handles client relationships.

 

Use contract work to get paid what you’re worth

How it started:   How it's going:
A computer science major had been working in a W2 on-site role, using contract work to supplement their income. They averaged less than 3 freelance engagements per year, all with local clients they acquired through word-of-mouth.   After joining Gun.io, they were able to set their own rate, lean on admin and financial support, and start work on a full-time contract engagement with a client outside of their local market, significantly increasing their income.

 

Choose flexibility over a traditional 9-5

How it started:   How it's going:
A classically trained software developer working in a W2 in-house role was interested in contract work for the flexibility it offers, better work-life balance,  and more time to spend with their family.   They quit their W2 role and now work on contract projects full-time. They choose from pre-vetted roles on the Gun.io platform and set their availability based on the schedule they’ve arranged for themselves.

 

Spend less time vetting clients

How it started:   How it's going:

A self-taught programmer had been freelancing for 5+ years and was struggling to engage quality clients they acquired through browsing other freelance platforms and networking on LinkedIn.

  After joining Gun.io, they’re able to fill their pipeline with pre-vetted clients and offload the additional lift of ensuring timely payment, facilitating communication, and establishing contract details with clients.

 

 

If freelancing is calling to you but you’re hesitant to take on the additional lift of client acquisition, contracts, and payments, that’s where we come in. 

Gun.io takes on the bits that are a drag so you can focus on working on fulfilling projects and maintaining autonomy: the reasons we choose to freelance in the first place. 

Ready to make the jump? Create your profile

 

 

Posted by Taylor Veino

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