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What to learn to become freelancer?

Its been 18 months I have been working in IT industry as an Android and Iphone developer. And now I want to start something at my own. Technical term will be a freelancer. All I know about a freelancer is just the definition. I barely know about what I need to become a freelancer? I know it'll take time to stand tall in the market. It is definitely a step by step process to become a successful freelancer. I wonder if someone can provide me tips for the same.

Another important question which is floating in my mind is Is this the right time to start? I have good programing skills and strongly believe that I can hold things in my hands. But this is my perspective. I have 18 months of experience and have ideas running through my minds. It will be really helpful if someone can advice me.

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confidence and lack of remorse ;) if you are still in doubt, then start with doing evening/weekend side projects, without leaving your job. It not ethical, but its a safe way to test waters. –  c69 Sep 28 '11 at 15:49
    
@c69 - As long as there is nothing in Nitish's contract stating he can't do other work, there is nothing unethical about doing side jobs. –  Jetti Sep 28 '11 at 16:02
    
Do you have a specific question, other than "is this the right time to start?" The right time to start is now. –  Robert Harvey Sep 28 '11 at 16:15
    
@c69: Doing work on the weekends is perfectly ethical, so long as it doesn't cause a conflict of interest (something that rises above merely "the boss doesn't like it"). Your time is your own on the weekends. –  Robert Harvey Sep 28 '11 at 16:20
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@Nitish, maybe you don't mean it, but yes, you are being rude, to people who are doing their best to make this a high-quality site. If you want to know what this site is for, please read the FAQ. This is not a general-purpose, answer-any-question site. It's for a specific set of problems, and general career advice isn't one of them. This question did need closing, sorry. –  Cyclops Sep 28 '11 at 17:48
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the main thing you need is a client

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...and just a few other things. –  Robert Harvey Sep 28 '11 at 17:01
    
@Steve : Yes that is most important. How to get started? –  Nitish Sep 28 '11 at 17:43
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@Nitish: find a client –  Steven A. Lowe Sep 28 '11 at 18:06
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