It is associated freelance image of an independent person who does not want to marry anyone and do not want to be subject to rules or strings in terms of times, dress, etc ...
Increasingly, this stereotype is changing at a much more real, because of globalization, along with increased computer power and the low costs needed to work from home (computer, fast Internet connection, accommodation web, etc). The truth is that many people have all the equipment needed to be a freelancer, not even pursue it.
As a second point, job insecurity as an employee, "pushes" to many people to try their luck and offer their services as Freelancer. Getting a first job is quite complicated. As much as you know, you lack experience with a project I hit you with the damn instruction that does not go "because you've left a space or place it in single quotes instead of double-etc. Thus many people do seek on their own projects, or just see any friend or acquaintance that needs a website, a small feature, a tool to store the stock, and so on. And, as this friend know that you have mastered the computer (how dangerous it is that) you say.
With this, you get a first draft, which usually last a long time, half of which you use to find information on forums and pages to resolve your concerns. After that, you realize that you are able to take a project forward and start to learn your strengths and areas where you need help. You may require a designer or a programmer more. That's how you contacting people for projects, create your portfolio of clients and contacts with others engaged in freelance development, just like you. These contacts are very important because you and other professionals may need the services of another, so you can increase your order volume and the workload that could only endure if it were you the developer.
After the first project out the second and so on. At this point there are two options. Must be registered as an autonomous, reliable people to work with paragraphs that you do not master, or start a business with people that complement your work.
The two options are good, but in this series we will devote the first, those that are commercial designers, programmers, receptionist, telephonist, secretary and maid. All in all, although it has more or less interesting tasks and more or less valued. All these things will develop in future articles.