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How difficult was it for you to find contractor roles?

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Founder at TechIsHiring8 months ago

So I'm looking at exploring contractor roles more seriously. I've been a contractor before but I fell into those roles. I'm trying to be more proactive in finding contractor roles but I wanted to ask for advice as I start to work on this.

What were the most useful things you did to find contractor roles?

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    8 months ago

    I haven't had a contractor role as a software engineer, but I had one as an instructor for Codepath. I landed this since I went through the Codepath class, and had a portfolio of work demonstrating what I learned, and I stayed in touch with the founders.

    I think the same playbook could apply for contractors.

    • Build a portfolio of your work (for contractors, more so than FTE), you're hired for a specific skillset rather than your learning.
    • Leverage your network. If you want to commit to being a contractor, you should spend a good amount of your time in brand-building and marketing.
    • Get in touch with people you've worked in the past. Offer a concrete deliverable which is fairly quick for you to complete, and builds more trust.

    Unless you're desperate (or you're purely doing it for lead-gen), I wouldn't spend much time on Upwork or Fiverr. It's hard to differentiate yourself here, and the cost structure favor devs in cheaper countries.

    Platforms like TopTal and Turing are better, but I'd still prefer a direct relationship if you can.

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    Tech Lead/Manager at Meta, Pinterest, Kosei
    8 months ago

    A good related question from a contractor at Amazon: https://www.jointaro.com/question/MVIXqqZjesdoagmfAhAr/how-can-i-approach-looking-for-an-fte-role/

    Michael Lin gave a talk about quitting a full-time job and he has some good commentary about finding work as a consultant. His Taro profile: https://www.jointaro.com/profile/Ab2xedZA7RhROW0wo9wBHIJbAsX2/