I am an IT project manager for the last 10 months, working on big data projects in two industries, how can I start freelancing?

  1. Create a freelancer CV
  2. Get your CV out there on the contractor platforms (avoid Upwork since this is just for cheap labor)
  3. Create a great LinkedIn profile (and maybe XING if you are located in Europe)
  4. Connect to recruiters (Hays, etc.) and register in their DBs
  5. Actively search for projects on the contractor platforms
  6. Write good proposals for open projects

With this approach it took me 2 months of search to land my first 6-month contract. Since then I updated everything (profiles, databases, searches) regularly and have not searched for a new project for more than 4 weeks.

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