15 tips for success as an independent software developer

Here's how to cut your corporate ties and transform your programming chops into a thriving business
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How to succeed as an independent software developer

For software developers, the main advantages of corporate employment -- job security, a clear path for career advancement, retirement benefits, health insurance -- are rapidly disappearing. Yet the demand for programming skills and services has never been greater. It might just be prime time to pack up that cubicle and go independent.

Being an independent software developer can be a dream life. But dreams include nightmares, so it's best to be prepared.

Being your own boss, setting your own hours, working only on projects that interest you -- all while earning a lot more money -- are possible when you strike out on your own as an independent software developer.

Possible. Not guaranteed.

Here are 15 tips to help you on your way.

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