Kazeem Razaq @K.Razaq / 5:00 PM EDT. September 13, 2022.
If you work in software testing as a freelancer, you may feel like you're getting paid peanuts. You may feel like your job is demeaning, or that it's not what you want to do with your life. But don't give up hope yet! There are some simple things that any freelancer can do to become better at software testing and earn more money.
Software testing is a challenging career. You have to be able to think creatively, problem solve and adapt quickly in order to succeed. It's also important to be able to communicate effectively with your team and clients.
But all of this can be difficult if you're broke and not reaching your earning potential. There are many reasons for this including the fact that software testers often work on short-term contracts or freelance assignments, so they don't always have stable employment — but there's one that stands out above all others: You're not making enough money as a software tester.
If you're like countless people who want to become a successful software tester, this article is for you! We'll take a look at why being broke as a software tester happens and how to fix it.
Why Is It So Difficult To Get A Software Tester Job?
There are many reasons why software testers are so hard to find. The first is that most companies don’t even know what a software tester is, or that they need one. They hire people in other roles who are doing testing and they assume they’re doing testing because of the title.
Second, a lot of people think that they have to be “tech savvy” in order to do software testing. Well, that may be true for some roles. But if you want to be a software tester, all you really need is a good understanding of how computers work, and how the software works. And that can be learned with a just a few short hours of online training from BusyQA.
Third, there aren’t many organizations out there that are looking for software testers with experience in the industry (and even fewer who will pay for it). So if you want to work as a professional software tester, you’re going to have to go out on your own and get experience in whatever way possible — which means working at companies where they already have someone doing this type of work already
So here are the five reasons why you're not achieving your full potential as a software tester, and how to fix that.
1. You are not a specialist
If you want to be successful as a software tester, you need to focus on your strengths. The truth is that there are lots of things that a software tester can't do well. Sure, it might be possible for some people with enough time and dedication to become excellent at everything under the sun (and who knows? Maybe they will). But in general, most people aren't good at everything—and that includes me!
So where does this leave us? Well...it leaves us with two options: either we try our best not only at what we're already good at but also learn new skills so as not to fall behind others or stick with what works best for us while making sure we don't neglect important aspects of our lives such as family or friends...or else just accept who we are right now as far as being able-bodied individuals who happen upon certain tasks here and there throughout their day by accident rather than seek out opportunities within their field which could help them further develop themselves professionally.
2. You undervalue yourself
You don’t negotiate your salary.
You aren’t asking for a raise.
You don't speak up when you see something that needs to be fixed.
In the end, it is your job as a software tester to ensure that your company knows how valuable YOU are and what YOU can bring to the table by being fully engaged in every aspect of testing. If this doesn't happen then there's no way you'll ever get paid what YOU deserve!
3. You don't have a career strategy
The first thing you can do to fix your financial situation is to have a plan. It's important that you are aware of your strengths and weaknesses, as well as what kind of work you enjoy doing. Once you know these things, it will be easier for your employer or clients to see if they can use them or not.
You should also make sure that there are no gaps in between jobs because those gaps could lead to having less income than previously expected when their time comes around again next year (or whenever). For example: If someone has been working part-time at their job for some time now but wants full-time hours then they might consider applying elsewhere instead since this would allow more money into their pocketbook every month without having anything extra out-of-pocket expense involved.
4. You are afraid of taking risks
Many people in the software testing industry are afraid to take risks because they don’t want to get fired or hurt their reputations. But if you want to improve your career, then this is not enough reason for you to be afraid of taking risks. In fact, there are several ways in which taking up risks can help improve your life and career as well.
Taking risks helps in improving your skillset and showing potential employers what kind of person you are, and what you're capable of. If someone has never been able to do something before but now has mastered it after learning from other people who have done it successfully? Then chances are high that he will be able to work on similar projects with ease too! And while we're at it - if someone learns new things every day which makes him more valuable within his company? Then those same skills would most certainly come in handy when applying for another job somewhere else!
5. You do not build a personal brand
Your personal brand is the most important thing you can do to improve your career and earn more money. It’s also the thing that people will remember and talk about years after they leave your company, so it should be treated accordingly. You need to build a personal brand because there are too many testers out there who don't realize how valuable they are or don't take advantage of their skills.
If you want to push yourself and your career to the next level, at BusyQA, we can help you make that possible with our online and in-class training. Get started with our software testing course which covers Manual, Mobile, Web Service, SQL, and Automation. Not only will you learn what you need, but you will also get hands-on experience with our in-house paid co-op, which will give you experience that will able to blow the competition away. Our graduates have gone on to work for each of Canada's Top 100 companies - and you can be next. Ready to land your dream job? Click here to see our schedule.