Context, feel free to skip it, it's mostly me talking to the duck, it is here only because it might be relevant for someone:
- I see many job offers in LinkedIn that are part of the SCRIPTED lifestyle, but I find it more and more challenging to deal with it. In particular, everything that is not remote immediately repels me. I will save you the rant on this, summarizing as: "If someone pays you for anything other than a specific transaction, you are a slave."
- I have already my own company and I would be happy to help with any artificial intelligence or machine learning (AI/ML) that companies may want to outsource. I am considering B2B because B2C would be less feasible in the short term. The usual places to find a job are not good places to find B2B customers. In fact they are terrible as it is the opposite of their ethos in a way.
- Freelancing is similar to outsourcing, this would be acceptable, but I do not have a work permit for the US, which may be needed. However, I do not like from freelancing that it is often paid by time and not by project. Exchanging time for money is something I would prefer to avoid as much as possible, hence I would prefer a pay-per-project scheme, more usual in B2B outsourcing than in plain freelancing.
- I have not built a "portfolio" because for the time being I have a each-day-less-tolerable job and B2C is a greater priority than B2B. I know common sense might advice "if you want to work on B2B, market yourself as a good B2B option". To be fair, I am fine with commoditization in B2B. I still think I would need to waste less time to pay my bills in a B2B approach than in a freelancing approach, and again freelancing in AI/ML is more time efficient than e.g. flipping burgers. Less time in paying bills means more time for the B2C approach and entrepreneurship.
- There seems to be no "marketplace" similar to LinkedIn, AngelList, Monster, GlassDoor,... but for outsourcing, this may be either for a good reason or an opportunity. I will let you decide on that. There are some for freelancing, which are not great but I will explore in more detail if I get nothing better from your replies. Google only helps so much.
- I have seen some companies doing a good job in this area, they do not have a public porfolio, instead I guess they go to conferences and similar hubs, or even directly to potential customers' offices, and find in person potential customers, for direct sales. Here Peter Thiel says I need sales, not marketing, which is funny, because a freelancer at $200/h would be above $10K already in the second week, which is one of the reasons why freelancing smells to SCRIPTED, and in fact closer to the sidewalk than the slowlane.
- How to find companies interested in outsourcing AI/ML in the short term? (If possible at all)
- Am I crazy or wrong?
- For example the previous question could be easily replied with: "won't find, ain't any".
- Other viable answer is: you can do it, but you shouldn't, e.g. it is a traitorous decision.
- Do I need to do sales? If so, do you have book recommendations to learn this skill?
- If the answer is going to go along the lines: "pay X to get leads", I would most probably not know what to do with the leads once I have them, there is at least one missing piece in that puzzle and I do not even know which one it is, yet.
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