Freelancing Forum

Freelancing Forum

I’ve had many interesting conversations with people over the past few months, all revolving around the question: How Do I Become What I Want To Be? There’s a lot of passionate and talented people out there trying to create something uniquely suited to themselves. The variety is great: there are developers switching to design, engineers getting into music composition, usability experts banging their heads against client ignorance, and designers trying to differentiate themselves in crowded markets. I find it all very inspiring.

While I don’t have the answers, I’m on the same journey of exploration. I’ve written on this a few times:


p>These have struck a chord in many of the people I’ve been emailing. At the end of each thread I’ve thought, “you know, this stuff might be interesting to other people I’m talking to.” Keeping everyone in the loop is becoming a logistical problem, so I decided to set up a private forum on my unused domain.

Yes, you read that right: it’s private. However, anyone who is willing to write a brief story about themselves will be allowed to register. It just has to cover the following in a paragraph or two:

  1. Where are you now in your career/life?
  2. How you get here?
  3. What is it that you want to do next?

Browse the public forum for more information, then register if it sounds interesting.

There are some rules I’m borrowing from the New Media Group to try and keep maintain high signal-to-noise. I’m not sure exactly how this will turn out, but I’m hoping that it’s something good.

UPDATE: By the way, after you register for the forum, you should get a password mailed to you. Since it is generated by punBB, some mail program might flag it as junk mail, so keep an eye out for it.

After you get your password, LOGIN and then enter your story in the “Complete Your Registration” forum topic. Yes, yes, it’s a somewhat involved process, but such is the price of entry. If you have any problems, feel free to email me via the contact form.


  1. Michael 18 years ago

    Hello and congrats for having such a well organized blog. I’ve been working as a freelancer for a few years now, and I gradually eliminated the flaws and mistakes any newbie freelancer makes. Here are some of my thoughts: there are plenty of freelancing websites that offer free subscription, so you can try your luck with one of those. Of course, if you want to have less competition and access to better paid projects, try a subscription paid web site. You can then select the categories where you believe you are skilled in. Ranging from coding, beta-testing, graphic and web design and going to translations, content writing and data base management, you will definitely find a freelance category that will go well with your skills.

    I also wanted to put together a free guide for beginners in the online freelancing world – you can check it out by reading my guide on the pros and cons of online freelancing I’d be happy to receive suggestions as to how to improve my guide and informative articles.


    Michael Rad
    Webmaster of


  2. Dave Seah 18 years ago

    Thanks Michael! I’m not so much interested in joining a community of freelancers as I am in writing about my freelance experiences; that said, I’m looking forward to checking out your site. There’s lots of interesting things there that I should look at more closely!

    One big problem is just getting a sense of who someone is…hard to tell in the noisy public BBS space.