The popularity of PHP as a solution for websites with dynamic contents has created a huge market for people skilled enough in writing complex applications in PHP, covering a wide range of solutions. If you think youâ€™ve got enough experience under your belt, youâ€™ve probably already considered the idea at least once. However, simply knowing how to write good PHP scripts wonâ€™t be enough to make it as a successful freelance programmer. This post is a bit more abstract as it doesnâ€™t cover programming specifically, but more general ideas that can help you get a better exposure for your skillset.
First, consider your weak points â€“ this is crucial when aiming to be a successful freelancer. With a highly competitive market like the one we have, you simply canâ€™t afford to lack in any qualification when it comes to writing PHP scripts. If your knowledge of database interaction is weak, youâ€™d better grab a book on databases and dig in for the next few weeks â€“ otherwise, that other guy who doesnâ€™t write scripts quite as well as you, but knows MySQL by heart will keep getting the good jobs and youâ€™ll keep treading in the same place.
Also, figure out what exactly you want to offer as a service â€“ the applications of PHP are quite varied and this allows you to specialize in a particular type of design. Figure out what you do best and market yourself to that crowd â€“ itâ€™s always better to offer the type of service youâ€™re best at (something which really shouldnâ€™t even need mentioning, but somehow keeps getting ignored by many people).