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  • Freelancing out of university, I feel like I’m way over my head

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  • Maverick

    October 30, 2019 at 6:02 am

    I was hired out of college (and with no prior developer work experience) to build a pretty major web application to be used internally by a business with 20+ employees handling many transactions per day. The website just went live a few days ago and things *seem* fine, but I can’t help but laugh at how reckless I’ve been. I feel like I had no business building something like this. It feels bizarre how I essentially plunged myself to the role of a senior developer when I barely knew how to code a few months ago. Yes, the experience was nerve wracking and I learned more the past 5 months then I have my whole university career, but at the end of the day I have no mentor and god knows how many bad habits I am picking up that I am not correcting. My client is really happy with the product (but what does he know about the quality of my work?) and wants to pay me more to build a major update and there’s other projects down the line and other clients he wants to hook me up with, but I really want to slow down and ask myself what I’m asking you: Is this irresponsible? Should I quit freelancing and find work as a junior dev and get experience working as part of a team, so I can learn how to develop a website properly with the guidance of a professional? Or should I keep going on this wild ride? I’m worried down the line I’m going to build something with a serious bug that costs somebody tens of thousands of dollars, all because I didn’t take the time to learn my craft in a responsible way. – by hq overview railsprogrammer94 – –

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