Ok, not sure how the economy is where you are but here in the states things are pretty bad. I was laid off last December. Job hunting was horrible. It seemed like the few jobs available had hundreds of applicants. To make matters worse some employers are low balling salaries big time because they know people are desperate for work.
So after a month of flailing about I decided to go into work for myself. The two marketable skills I have (I think) are IT Consulting and Photography. So I threw my hat into the ring in both, and boy, did lightning strike. I was fortunate to land 2 fairly well paying photography jobs - invoiced over $1k US on them. Lesson there - don't be afraid to ask for money. At the time I remember feeling like I was asking for too much, but I needed money to pay bills, so I told them what my rates were. They didn't even blink, just said ok. (another tip - never look surprised when something works.
) If anyone is interested, I came up with a general rate list. Commercial jobs my day rate is $1100/day. Half day rate is $600.
I haven't landed any further photo jobs yet - plan to start hitting the pavement on that tomorrow. I got busy/sidetracked with some IT consulting. That got me enough $$$ to upgrade my gear. Almost all of it is paid for and I have a little money in the bank. So not a horrible start. Let's see if I can keep it rolling.
Anyway, thought I'd start this thread to share my experiences on 'getting started' and perhaps invite others to share their experiences as well.