May 25, 2000, 6:56 AM
Post #4 of 6
Don't be dismayed... the telecommuning jobs are hard to find, but they're there. Primarily you may find subcontracting jobs, but there's obviously a huge need for such work.
One of our sites, though is has a note posted on the "custom work" page that no work can be accepted until Fall 2000, we keep receiving "PLEASE write our program!!!" messages. To get a head start, if you plan on writing Perl as part of your living, be sure to offer custom programming services on your site. All you'll need are a handful of clients who'll keep coming back.
I agree with Ray... nothing can be better promotion than a solid web site. I'd add that you compile a list of solid references; a list of (non work-for-hire) work completed, and write the most efficient, cleanest code you can.
I do disagree about the larger companies though. To me, it's obvious that larger companies probably will not hire telecommuters right off the bat. I think this because telecommuting is typically an "earned" priviledge, unless you have astronomical capabilities for unmet needs at the right price. Targeting small to mid-size companies (IMHO) may be the best bet.
As for trustworthiness -- that's another matter completely. As with any job, you should do some research on the company; how long they've been in business, are they a "real" company, or have they just tacked an "Inc." on the end of their domain name, etc. Considering the other side, companies are risking just as much in hiring someone they don't have in their office. Project deadlines going missed without a word, disappearances, etc. You need to establish yourself as trustworthy as well.
TPA's parent company (Tintagel Net Solutions Group, Inc. -- a real Inc. ) has hired programmers from around the world (the most recent in Russia) to write projects based on email "interviews" and requests of the "most efficient, cleanest code you can write".
When you're ready to go, send the url to your resume and code samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
That's it for me... I'm off to pack!