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How can I become a contract software developer?

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How can I become a contract software developer?

kveratis
I have been working for small businesses as a software engineer for over 5 years making less than $30k. I am looking to become a contract software developer since I hate being a wage slave working for incompetent managers and all the corresponding office politics (but then again who does). The problem is I don't know how to find this type of work, especially since I am stuck in a backwater state like South Dakota. I have a B.S. in Computer Engineering and lots of experience developing custom applications for small businesses, but no Certifications. I have thought about getting a MCSD.NET certification, but I'm not sure if it would really help or not. How do I transition from a wage slave to independent contractor and get better pay in the process.