Have been searching on the internet for a bit without much luck so thought I would post my question up here (I imagine I am not the first with this though!)
I'm 28 years old and have about 5 years experience in programming/web design (good CV, work for investment banks in London, 1st in my degree, etc). After a year of backpacking in South America I'm now in Lima and don't really want to return to the UK. A friend of mine has offered me part time work for his web design company and now I'm looking at extra things to do.
Just wondering which of the online freelancing sites would be best for me to explain "YES THE FLAG SHOWS PERU BUT I'M ACTUALLY FROM THE UK!" After a year and a half of speaking Spanish everyday I've realised that the difference between "speaking" a language (what does that mean anyway) and being able to conduct business in that language is massive. Absolutely massive.
Essentially I'll be able to charge rates of a Fiver an hour, and that would be a comfortable salary here. The time difference is only 6 hours as well.
So far I'm thinking of signing up for PeoplePerHour (as that's based in the UK) and my options would be - Have the flag set as Peru (because they have my IP address) but write "UK EXPAT" in my description - login into PPH through a proxy so it looks like I'm in the UK (sounds dodgy!) - send proof of my latest UK bank statements to PPH to make them change my location to UK (I'm still a UK resident with an active bank account)
Really though I would want people to see where I am so they can understand my pricing, while knowing that if they call me I will understand them completely (both in language terms and culturally!).
Also I've enough money saved that I could really not earn anything for the next 2 years and still jump on a flight back to the UK.
Nice one everyone! Buswell