Work

Freelancing In India: A Handbook

Role

Primary Author

Duration

Ongoing

Website

Here

Stargazers on GitHub ⭐

Motivation

The le­gal frame­work, in India, seems a mess. Consulting char­tered ac­coun­tants, banks, and tax of­fices — all of whom have their own ver­sion of the law — is a har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

When just start­ing out as a free­lance web de­vel­oper, I would have loved an up-to-date, col­lected, sum­marised view on my re­quired free­lanc­ing er­rands. This be­comes para­mount given one may not al­ways be able to hire a pro­fes­sional at this stage.

This is, while not a legally in­te­gral hand­book, a de­cent start­ing point. I be­gan writ­ing this in 2017, about the time the in­fa­mous Goods and Services Tax (GST) was ush­ered in, and have main­tained it since.

Managing growth pains

As the con­tent grew, a sin­gle README file no longer cut it. I de­cided to move to VuePress with a few goals in mind:

  • Make it eas­ier for other free­lancers and con­sul­tants to con­tribute.
  • Let it be known when a page was last up­dated.
  • Organize var­i­ous sub­jects into neat sec­tions.

Now, every page has a link to al­low a vis­i­tor to edit it, and shows the time­stamp when it was last up­dated:

And the sub­jects are neatly or­ga­nized: