There's a really good rolling thread on Reddit. The question posed there: "Freelancers earning $100K+ per year - what pushed you into the six figures?" So what gets people to six figures?
A way to get money and get it fast: sub-contracting. Sub-contracting taps into businesses who are too flooded with work to execute the work. You would be surprised how many are out there in that boat. The question is: do you want to get into that boat?
There are three types of people in dysfunctional start-ups: chimps, chumps and tire kickers. Good start-ups will have more types, but these three are canaries in the start-up coal mine. I should know: I've been a chump.
The day reminds me of how life can fall into quantum states of dead or alive; poor or rich; tired or energized.
How many times have you heard that? As a developer, I have heard it many times as someone tries to draft me to work on their project. Ideas are ubiquitous but don't be afraid of getting involved. A new venture needs money. When it doesn't have money, it gets angel investors. When an entrepreneur needs a prototype to get money, they need an angel developer.
You may be the key to unlocking millions of dollars.