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batye
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batye,
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12/6/2015 | 12:43:39 AM
Re: specialized skills
@impactnow, I would say not always as many factors in play...
batye
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batye,
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12/6/2015 | 12:42:36 AM
Re: specialized skills
@Technocrati, yes as sometimes things get overlooked as per human nature of the dealing with information...
batye
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batye,
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12/6/2015 | 12:41:28 AM
Re: specialized skills
@Li Tan, agree but with market you never know... as everthying changing too rapidly this days...
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Li Tan,
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12/5/2015 | 12:08:25 AM
Re: specialized skills
I think the market trend somehow becomes more and more favor to PHP.:-) Being an IT freelancer, you need to have stronger skill and holistic skill set - you are the one who need to get project done.
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12/1/2015 | 7:35:07 PM
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"....The scary part is PHP can get you into a world of hurt from a security point of view, you really have to know your stuff to lock server down. How many of these PHP development freelance guys know squat about that? And what do they care about security, it's not their company or data. That is one scary trend we are seeing here."

 

@TerryB    Some great points,  I have been hearing about and learning PHP for a couple of years now, but I didn't see a real use case connection until I read some of your reasons behind it.

You bring up another important point about the security issues and you are right - few freelancers will be able to handle this part of it or even care to for that matter.

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Technocrati,
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12/1/2015 | 7:28:28 PM
Re: specialized skills

"....Since they're their own managers, they need to have good organization skills, good written and oral communication skills as well as the good selling skills in some cases." 

 

@tzubair    Great point.  It is not enough to be just to have the expertise in the subject area, one needs to have these "soft skills" in great supply.  

I also happen to think, as you mention - the marketing aspect does not receive as much attention as it should either.`

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Technocrati,
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12/1/2015 | 7:24:14 PM
The Lexicon of AWS

"We are seeing some growth in setting up Amazon cloud."

 

I am surprise the Amazon cloud is not catching on that fast.  It is a great solution for SMB's but it does take a bit of effort to learn the language of Amazon and just how they do things.

I am working on a potential S3 solution for my current employer and it just amazes me how much I have to learn about how Amazon phrases things.  

I guess this is the reason a freelancer might be needed.

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Technocrati,
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12/1/2015 | 7:17:19 PM
Re: specialized skills

This was a very interesting list of skills needed for freelancers.  I am surprised yet not so surprised that PHP is the number one listed skill sought after.

I have seen PHP listed in my local area, but I am not sure what companies think they need PHP for.   It is nice to want this skill but do companies really understand what they are asking for ?

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11/30/2015 | 10:08:29 PM
Re: specialized skills
@kstarton: I agree. I think apart from the technical skills, all freelancers need to have certain other skills which are essential. Since they're their own managers, they need to have good organization skills, good written and oral communication skills as well as the good selling skills in some cases. Technical skills can only result in so much success without these being there.
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11/30/2015 | 7:12:38 PM
Re: specialized skills
The jobs that are best for freelancers may be different than the jobs that are best for corporate positions to Dave's point. Certain assignments that utilize alot of cross functional integration are not a good fit for freelance talent. Freelancers can add a lot of bandwidth to the right project and expedite deliverables. The list of skills represent this well --more tactical than strategic skill sets.
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