How to start freelance CAD drafting?

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cadgirl in Taunton, Massachusetts

47 months ago

Believe it or not my favorite thing to do as a kid was to draw out floor plans. I have notebooks full of residential floor plans from when I was very young. When I got older I loved playing with CAD software, but for some reason, I went into Software Engineering instead. I have a B.S. in Computer Science and I'm almost finished with a M.S. in Software Engineering (company paid for it). I've been an unhappy software engineer for the past few years. I took career tests in high school which led me to become a software engineer but I truly think they were incorrect in directing me to this career.

So, I was hoping that I could start doing freelance CAD drafting on the side. I don't have any professional experience but I have used AutoCAD quite a bit in my spare time. Could anyone give me some guidance on how to start freelancing? Do I need to go back to school and get a certificate/license or anything? I live in Massachusetts by the way.

Thanks you in advance :)

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cadgirl in Taunton, Massachusetts

47 months ago


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mabarnes59 in Norfolk, Virginia

46 months ago

I would really recommend going back to school to atleast get a certificate. It would be like me trying to get sidework as a Software Engineer. . . No expereince = no work.

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janetkissho in SYDNEY, Australia

35 months ago

No need for a certificate, go on any freelance site, create you profile and start working. Work on low rates to get projects easily and after you gain experience start charging.

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Indie_One in Wichita, Kansas

35 months ago

I wouldn't recommend just drafting. It's not lucrative. Work is scarce ever since the construction industry went downhill with the recession. Architects are less likely to hire anyone who isn't an architect or architect intern. Furthermore, I'm under the impression that freelance drafting is something that never really thrived. It's not a common practice. It never was and probably never will be. Freelancing is a nice thought, though. Have you heard of the website "Tiny House Blog"? If anything, why not become a designer/builder? Start a business. As far as I know, structures of this nature don't require the seal of approval from an architect.

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9 months ago

I fall in that same category as the guy asking advise that you replied to. I can't seem to find much that I can low ball. The ones I find, have problems trying to connect with them. I have some CAD experience and architectural drafting too.
I am not trying to get rich here just need some work. I do enjoy CAD and Drafting floor plans and elevations and cross section. I not super fast at it so that's all I am looking for is the low ball until I can get my speed up. Is there anything you can suggest on this.


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CHORTONDRAFT in Spring, Texas

6 months ago

I have 25 years experience in Piping Design. I have been laid off due to the low prices in the oil and gas business. I am wanting to work as a freelance designer. I have lots of contacts. Do I need any kind of licences, such as a tax exempt number, LLC or a DBA? Or can I just get business cards made and give them out to the compaines?

Thank you,

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