Does anyone here have any experience working as a freelancer or independent consultant in the GIS or planning field, or something that blends the two, especially as an early-career professional? Here’s why I ask.
I currently have a full-time contract job with a regional-level planning agency doing specialized GIS work (started last August, running through the end of December 2010 - I can explain later what exactly it is if it helps), but am unsure as to whether or not I will be extended. Thus, I feel it is necessary, even as I stand still 5 and a half months from the end of it, to get myself in gear for the future.
The main problem I have now is that I have utterly no clue where to start, as I never even had the expectations of doing something like this while I was still in school, when the economy was in good shape.
To give you an idea of the background I come from, I have degrees in geography (Bachelor’s - 2006) and urban planning (Master’s - 2008), with a particular interest in something linking transportation and GIS, but am willing to take almost anything that fits. I have alot of experience using GIS, so ideally I'd like to have that be a significant portion of the job.
Does anyone have any tips on what I can do to get this rolling, to help keep myself afloat? Any help that you could give would be greatly appreciated.