Insights of being a Freelance developer: The Pros and Cons

If you are thinking about freelancing as IT professional, then this session is for you. You may even find that you're better off working for someone else, but this is an opportunity to explore that.

If you are an experienced self-employed person then you’ll certainly have things to contribute to the group. We will also discuss practices allowing tax optimization within different company structures  - and who knows, there may be opportunities for strategic collaborations.

The aim of this workshop is to provide you with some insights and facilitate exchanges on how to kickstart your Freelance business as a software developer.

We’ll consider the starting stage for making your transition into being your own boss, while also looking what it requires to create a sustainable business.

We’ll look at business planning, strategy, and mindset while including technical aspects relating to legal, tax and administration.

We will talk about

  • What does it mean to be a freelance developer?
  • Employee versus freelancer what is the difference
  • Advantages of being a freelancer
  • Consequences
  • Tax Regulations and restrictions: company structure (ZZP or BV?), 30% Ruling
  • Best practices and optimization within your company structure 
  • What are the most important skills a freelance developer needs?
  • Mindset


About the speaker

Alex has been a freelance web developer for over a decade here in Amsterdam where he lives with his wife and young daughter. A confirmed entrepreneur, he is also the founder of web design company Uniqode, specialised in website development. He has a keen interest in practical education and personal development and supports others through it. Having worked locally in the tech economy with corporations, he has deep experience within that industry.


18:30 - door open - Welcome drinks

19:00 - presentation starts

20:30 - ? a few more drinks afterwards