I have a full-time job and do some contracting work on the side but am looking to quit and do full-time contracting work. Historically, my contracting work has come through my personal network, but that won't be enough to do full-time at this point. I was wondering if people had good recommendations (job sites, articles about starting this process, finding out about networking events, etc) for obtaining contracting work. Thanks so much!
Here are some good ways, some of this has a slant towards the ruby/rails community but that's just because I'm more familiar with it:
Help people. Lots of people. It's pretty easy to find people that need help:
Beat the bushes, so to speak
If you're in the "beat the bushes" phase I beat them for you at Freelance Funnel and send you what flies out every morning
etc. Plus tons of agencies out there that gladly look for people / work. FOr years I never "went out" but let them come to me, by watching the boards in some social networks.