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  1. Steven Gliebe
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    Hey Sami, thanks for writing your experience. I am sure it will help aspiring freelancers. I know it would’ve been useful to me years ago.

    Which do you prefer, freelancing and working closely with a few clients or selling themes and supporting a broader base of customers?

    1. Sami Keijonen
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      Thanks Steven for your kind words.

      Which do you prefer, freelancing and working closely with a few clients or selling themes and supporting a broader base of customers?

      As you can see my focus have been more on client work which happened naturally. When I got more clients, I had less time to build public themes.

      But I prefer do both. Professionally they both support perfectly each other. Public themes are lot harder to build (and sell) but they give me freedom to try everything I want.

      In client work you get to meet people and be more social. And sometimes have unexpected challenges where you need to learn new things.

  2. David Chan
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    wow. thanks for sharing Sami.
    that’s impressive 🙂

    I’ve seen wp devs come and go.
    galin (alienwp), tung do (devpress), seamlessthemes…

    it’s certainly not an easy niche.
    there’s time when I struggle and think I should go to different route and get other work (not as wp dev)
    but, I enjoy this work.

    congrats for the achievement !

    1. Sami Keijonen
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      Thanks David!

      It’s certainly isn’t easy. But at the moment here in Finland there is good situation what comes to WordPress and web. More and more people want to use open source platforms.

      And lot’s of great companies are hiring new WordPress devs. Surprisingly there aren’t that many good devs available.

  3. Gennady
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    Really nice article, thank you for sharing your experience and tips!

    I myself just started working as a freelancer this summer (earlier in my career I would always search for a more traditional employment contract) and so far I really see a lot of pros in being a freelancer, mostly if such aspects as flexibility and self-organization are personally important.

    One of the most confusing topics for the beginner, in my opinion, is making a contract. I found this article very useful:
    https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2013/04/legal-guide-contract-samples-for-designers/

    There also was a nice and inspiring talk on freelancing topic aimed at beginners:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXUOCNYRIuQ

    1. Sami Keijonen
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      Thanks Gennady and best of luck for freelancing! Let’s chat in the meetup.

      Post Status published nice podcast about freelancing.

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