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Be a Freelance Systems Analyst | Freelance Sprout | Find, Start, and Grow Your Dream Freelance Business
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Be a Freelance Systems Analyst

Date April 24, 2008


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This is a business about helping other businesses use technology to get their work done faster and cheaper.

System analysts help business owners assess and buy the hardware and software needed to make an organization run more efficiently.

A systems analyst is part computer technician, part accountant, and part networking guru.

You help businesses look at all their computer needs. As with most freelance businesses, you can choose to focus in different areas.

For example, as bandwidth costs decrease, more and more companies are switching to VoIP (Voice over IP) phone systems. I know this because I too am looking at these systems as an option.

As a VoIP systems analyst, you could work with companies to find the best fit for their budgets. The price tag for these types of systems are all over the place—from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Another option is to work with smaller companies that are in need of enhanced accounting systems. You would do all the research and come up with an installation and training plan. Then you would actually help clients transition from the old to the new system.

As a technology promblem solver, you’ll draw diagrams and charts to show the flow of data, processes, and network configurations. You’ll experiment with several different plans until you come up with something that meets the client’s needs the quickest, easiest, and at the least amount of cost.

Most every business—even home based businesses—will need technology to function properly. Working as a systems analyst, you’ll be able to start locally and reach out to different geographies as the good word about your business spreads.

This is a very low overhead business as most of your expenses will be for marketing and computer upgrades. Once you become well known, you can start outsourcing smaller jobs to other systems analysts.

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