The early years of my freelance programming journey was very tough for me personally not because I can’t find clients or projects to do, but due to the general perceptions people have on what I am doing. My relatives, friends, and former co-workers think I am crazy. Well, I guess I am.
If you are a freelance programmer in the Philippines, I’m sure you also share the following external factors that have become the greatest conceptual enemies I have faced.
Every time I meet a former co-worker or an old classmate, the first thing that gets asked after the usual “How are you?” is “Where are you connected?” Now, depending on his background or the last time you saw each other, that question can be very difficult to answer. I can either be honest and admit being a freelance programmer, or joke on my reply by saying I am currently “disconnected.”