MICHAEL HOUGHTON
Freelance PHP Developer

Free Freelancer Software Mentoring

My name is Michael Houghton, and I have been freelancing full time as a Software Developer for the better part of 13 years.

Freelancing allows me to live a dream lifestyle. I get to set my own working hours and have a full flexibility over my schedule each day. This allows me to do simple things, like collect my children from school, go to doctors appointments if I need to, and help out during school activities or being able to attend school functions during normal working hours.

I get to wear what I like to work. There is no dress code! I dress for comfort and never have to worry about ironing a shirt to go to work!

My house is literally 20 metres away. I built an office for myself, to have a separate work space - but my commute is literally a 10 second walk to work. I actually can't remember the last time I was in a traffic jam!

In the last 13 years, I have visited and worked in over 35 countries. I am originally from New Zealand, but have spent time living in Germany, England, Australia and of course Ireland - which I now call home. In 2010, I travelled to over 20 countries, all while working as a freelancer. All I needed was my computer and a stable Internet connection.

Are you a Software Developer?

Maybe you are a Software Developer at the moment - perhaps you are doing the standard 9-5 thing for a company... if you have been interested in knowing how you can break into freelancing - I would love to help you!

I am at a stage in my career, where I would love to give back and help others. I plan to do this, by offering Freelancer Mentoring - and to start with, I am going to be giving 10 Software Developers the opportunity to learn from me, as I help them to find the best path for them to become Freelancers - all for free!

Freelancing is a lifestyle. It is about more than just the money.... it is about being able to have your freedom, and being able to work around YOUR lifestyle.

If you are a Software Developer at the moment, or even if you are studying to be a Software Development, either at College, or if you are teaching yourself, then I would invite you to apply. I will announce the 10 Developers who I will be providing Mentoring for on Friday the 24th of February! The selected developers will be announced on my Facebook Page. I will also send you an email, to let you know if you were selected or not.

This is Free Mentorship. There is no catch. I will eventually offer paid Mentorship to others - but to start with, I am looking for 10 Developers who I can mentor initially for free!

What will the Mentoring Cover?

What I will cover during the mentoring will largely depend on where you are at with your Freelancing Business - but you can expect to cover things such as:

  • How to I get into freelancing (if not already in)?
  • Where am I now, and what are my next steps?
  • How much should I charge per hour?
  • How do I find clients? How do I find long term clients?
  • What technology should I be specializing in?
  • When do I go from moonlighting, to full time freelancing (if applicable)

Apply for Free Freelancing Mentoring

The application form will take about 5 minutes to complete. Simply enter in your name and email address below and I will email you a link to the application form. You have until the 24th of February to complete the application.