Is it on topic to ask about how to find freelance UX gigs?


I haven't been in the UX world long (since I graduated, roughly 9 months ago) and my title at my job is "UI/UX Developer". Despite working on various projects for work, my company technically owns everything, so none of it can go into my portfolio which leaves me no work showing what UI/UX related work I have done.

I'm looking to build a more UX relevant portfolio and have been looking for opportunities on sites like Elance, but I always get beat out by a company or someone with more portfolio pieces to show. Other than that, I don't know really know where to go.

Is this an appropriate question to ask on UX.SE or is it too off-topic?

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    Off topic, but cool of you to ask here on meta! Good luck!
    – tohster
    Jul 11, 2015 at 23:06

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This is where there is likely to be dissension among users, as it comes down to what you believe the site should be used for.

  • Is it strictly a UX question? No

  • Would it be helpful for UX practitioners? Likely, yes.

I would like the site to be used more for the latter question, but my understanding of the guidelines of the site are more in lines with the former, so I would have to close a question like this.

However, you're free to ask this in Chat.

I'd be happy to revise my understanding of the site guidelines, but I would first have to wait for feedback from the other mods.

  • What about putting it in the community wiki? Is that a viable option? I think it's something that would be good for folks to know and collect resources, but not necessarily an 'answerable question', you know?
    – BDD
    Jul 8, 2015 at 11:43
  • @BDD that isn't really a UX question. It's a jobs question where the job happens to be UX.
    – JohnGB Mod
    Jul 8, 2015 at 15:18
  • I wouldn't say it is a Meta question either. Meta posts should be exclusively for questions relating to this stackexchange site, the software that powers it, and the rules of posting. So asking if something is suitable to post on the site is a meta question, but asking about finding jobs isn't.
    – JonW Mod
    Jul 8, 2015 at 15:54
  • @JonW You're right. I've removed the invite to ask in Meta
    – JohnGB Mod
    Jul 8, 2015 at 16:00

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