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29 tips for succeeding as an independent developer

Find out how to cut corporate ties and transform your coding chops into a thriving business that can go the distance

29 ways to triumph as an independent developer

Software developers face a challenging employment landscape. On the one hand, the main advantages of corporate employment -- job security, career advancement opportunities, retirement benefits, health insurance -- are disappearing. At the same time, the demand for programming skills continues to grow and grow. No wonder, then, that many developers are considering the independent path.

But before you pack up your cubicle and hang up your shingle, read up on these 29 tips from a developer who has traveled the independent road, took notes along the way, and reaped the rewards. Get the big picture and best practices from a developer who's taken his core knowledge of coding and turned it into a sustainable, successful business.

In this downloadable PDF, InfoWorld offers pointers on the challenge of going independent, particularly the transition from holding a job to starting (and being) your own business. InfoWorld contributor Steven A. Lowe covers contracts, marketing, skill sets, organization, clients, and more for developers who want to go it alone and succeed.

Yes, you can live the dream of being your own boss, setting your own hours, and working only on projects that interest you -- not to mention making a lot of money -- as an independent developer, but prepare yourself for the reality as well. Find out how in InfoWorld's special report.

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