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Dear Ben,
You have been asking too much non IT related jobs lately. Come out clean. Looking for a plan B right? I like farming.



Another suggestion: Reach out to agencies and ask if they have any contract work. Not one at a time, more of a shotgun approach.

I have a friend who's uses this as his entire business model and has been doing well for himself for years now as an "agency that supports agencies". He says that most marketing/digital agencies contract their web development and are always looking for new contract developers. He also says that many prefer to work with a developer they can have a relationship with and feel that the freelancing platforms don't allow for this.

The work isn't always exciting -- lots of WordPress, Drupal and the like -- but it's solid and pays.


True, and I'd say reach out exclusively people in complementary areas; for instance, if you're a backend dev, cold-call/email design studios, UI/UX shops. You never know who might need urgent help and have no clue where to go looking for a developer!


In my experience, ecommerce freelance work. If you can write JavaScript or HTML/CSS you can probably find some short term work on Shopify or something similar.

Reaching out to agencies and asking if they have a backlog can be an easy way to find a few hours of recurring work.


+1 for the advice of subcontracting with agencies. That's worked well for me in the past.

Another strategy I've had is to reach out to coding boot camps or other teaching outlets. The one I found paid $75 per mock interview. Sometimes they may have opportunities for workshops, referring you as a coach, or other opportunities


Yeah Freelancing seems like the best option if you're not planning on doing it for long.


Maybe something more "local" like Malt ( for the French around here would be easier to get going in a short time. Less competitions and more direct offers.

I personally have no experience using freelance services - in my case I was an IT help desk intern for almost 2 years and built small list of people who would come to me outside of work for IT help. They still do, though these days I'm a little to busy with my actual job to assist as much.


Freelancing, but admittedly it could be hard getting started.

Connecting with a recruiting agency, see if there are any temp/part-time roles that are a good fit.


If you don't mind beating your head against a brick wall at times, you can do private tech support for strangers.

Beware of doing it for friends/family =p


Recruiters have endless amounts of 6-month contracts.
The only catch is they are in-person and you're treated like an employee.
So none of the benefits of an employee or a contractor.

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