Forums for the Business Analyst

 
  Modern Analyst Forums  Careers  Getting Started  Going freelance
Previous Previous
 
Next Next
New Post 3/9/2011 3:27 AM
User is offline pete
3 posts
No Ranking


Re: Going freelance 

Hi Claire,

Greetings from Melbourne, Australia.

I have been doing some freelance BA work over the last year for smaller companies. The type of work which has come up for me is the documentation of business processes (for a company that was looking to standardise their approach to software development projects), and requirements elicitation for small/medium web systems/projects.

Some of the challenges I have encountered are around the project management side of things - unlike in a more corporate type of environment on a big project where the BA work is fairly well defined and there is a PM keeping things moving along, in smaller companies there sometimes isn't anyone else performing that role. So it can be hard to get time from all the stakeholders so as to stick to schedules etc.

If you are working on technology projects, smaller companies often don't have inhouse developers. So I have found myself having to get quite involved in procuring and managing those technical resources simply because there hasn't been anyone better placed to do so.

The other comment I would make is around the effort required to keep up with time sheeting, invoicing, chasing payments etc. If you don't keep on top of it it can really sneak up on you and become a bit of a burden. Again, not the kind of thing that you need to worry about when working for a corporate, or even on a fixed term contract where you are being paid on a weekly basis as opposed for the specific hours you work. If you are planning on freelancing and don't already have systems set up for bookkeeping etc, and if have time on your hands at the moment before the projects start to roll in, then I would recommend getting that stuff sorted. I use a product called Saasu for my books which I would recommend, and is free for less than 20 transactions per month. There may be more suitable local products. I also used a product called Tick (www.tickspot.com) for time tracking which was great.

All the best with your endeavours!

Cheers,

pete

 

 

 
New Post 3/9/2011 10:43 AM
User is offline Jarett Hailes
155 posts
6th Level Poster




Re: Going freelance 

 Hi Claire,

I have done BA and PM work for smaller companies, usually in a combined role since the projects don't need a dedicated resource for either.  The value proposition is pretty straightforward; you will provide professional management and represent their interests when dealing with an implementation project (typically software but it could be manufacturing or another industry), which reduces their risk and likely costs involved in the project.  I've found that it can be difficult to have smaller companies understand how having a BA or PM actually saves them money, although if they've been burned by poor scope, requirement definition, etc. before they are typically more amenable to it.  You may want to look at partnering with small software development shops and be their BA/PM for hire when their projects would benefit from a higher level of rigor.

Jarett

 
New Post 3/13/2011 3:41 AM
User is offline ClaireBA
9 posts
10th Level Poster


Re: Going freelance 

Kimbo

What a small world really!  I live in Bishop's Stortford (which is just down the M11 from Cambridge).

Thanks for the recommendation.  Have found the England Marketing website and will be calling them on Monday for more information.  Thanks again.

Regards Claire

 
New Post 3/13/2011 3:51 AM
User is offline ClaireBA
9 posts
10th Level Poster


Re: Going freelance 

Hi Pete

It's becoming clear that I am concentrating my efforts in the wrong hemisphere!  I am very jealous!

Thanks for the heads up re BA/PM expectations when working for smaller companies.  It's good to know beforehand you have to go in wearing more than one hat regardless of job title.  And thanks too for the heads up re admin.  I guess it's all about expectations and managing them.  I can see you have obviously done a lot of project management.

Regards Claire.  

 

 

 

 
Previous Previous
 
Next Next
  Modern Analyst Forums  Careers  Getting Started  Going freelance

Community Blog - Latest Posts

A business analysis checklist helps you stay organized while you work through projects. It includes questions that will help you identify problems in your current processes, and suggest improvements for future projects. Understand the Problem Before you start writing code, you need to understand what problem you're solving. This means u...
I’ve heard “The End is Near!” for Business Analysts for almost 20 years.  Waterfall project management, with its need for formal requirements, is dead…a dinosaur…so 1990’s.  To be honest, that’s mostly true.  With the publishing of the Agile Manifesto in 2001 there was no need for a 2-inch-...
Business analysis is used to identify and articulate the need for change in how organizations work, and to facilitate that change. As business analysts, we identify and define the solutions that will maximize the value delivered by an organization to its stakeholders. We look for opportunities for new business models and new ways to work together. ...

 






 

Copyright 2006-2022 by Modern Analyst Media LLC