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Full-time freelancing: After GMAT & Before Bschool admission

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Do quitting a full-time job and working as a freelancer will impact my B-school application '-'vely?

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Dear Admission experts,

I am planning to clear my GMAT by March -2019. Once I achieve my desired score I am thinking of quitting my full-time job and work as a full-time freelancer.

Career Situation:
I am a software architect with 7+ years of full-time experience working in Germany. I am an expert at several software technologies and methodologies. Although I am currently getting good offers for freelancing, I don't want to take a risk before completing my GMAT. Whereas I am planning to move into a full-time software freelancing after completing my GMAT and before B-school admission.

Purpose:
Moving into a freelancing career in software not only gives me freedom from what I choose to work on, but also a lot of income. I might earn approximately 2.5X-3X times more than what I am currently earning. I want to use this money in future for my B-school expenses and for supporting my family when I couldn't earn. As of now, I am the only breadwinner in my family.

Question:

Do quitting a full-time professional job and working as a full-time freelancer will negatively impact my B-school application?
Is it a risk doing it before B-school admission? If yes, is it Ok to do it after I get an admission and before joining the B-school.

I request the admission experts to guide me through this. I do not want to risk my chances of B-school admission.

Thanks a lot
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Tough to give an objective response to this vin2win but I'll try.

We've seen freelancers crack it; read a story here. However, the motive ideally should be to enhance the profile apart from income/flexibility alone. If this can in some way be projected to have helped you become better for your post-MBA career, then sure. Something along the lines here.

Hope this helps to some extent.
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MG4MBACrystalBall wrote:
Tough to give an objective response to this vin2win but I'll try.

We've seen freelancers crack it; read a story here. However, the motive ideally should be to enhance the profile apart from income/flexibility alone. If this can in some way be projected to have helped you become better for your post-MBA career, then sure. Something along the lines here.

Hope this helps to some extent.


Thanks for your reply. The links provided indicates that it is a very big risk.
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I do agree that this is a big risk, for most freelancers it turns out to be a bad decision, MBA application-wise.

The reason is that it’s hard for the schools to compare freelancers and their achievements with each other, so I would only do it if I felt I would be likely to have impressive achievements that I could reference in my essays. I am not sure what that would be as a software developer but let’s say that you got to lead a big project or a team as a freelancer, then it could be worth a shot.

But again, for most people it’s not what I would recommend.
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Aringo wrote:
I do agree that this is a big risk, for most freelancers it turns out to be a bad decision, MBA application-wise.

The reason is that it’s hard for the schools to compare freelancers and their achievements with each other, so I would only do it if I felt I would be likely to have impressive achievements that I could reference in my essays. I am not sure what that would be as a software developer but let’s say that you got to lead a big project or a team as a freelancer, then it could be worth a shot.

But again, for most people it’s not what I would recommend.


Thanks for the advice Aringo
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