Short summary of my trip to the US/California.
to go abroad was made very easily as my girlfriend had to do a semester abroad and I told her I would grab that chance and join her.
Quitting my job
I started in February 2016 by cancelling my job at EDAG-PS (programming report management frontend software for BMW) and starting as a frontend freelancer.
Get a flexible employment
Actually I did not do that much for the first contract as a freelancer Windows DotNet developer. Some guy called me after lunch, told me he is Marc Ablay, productmanager of a digital asset company and asked if I want the job and I said yes, then he asked me how much I want per hour and that was it. Probably if you want to start your own business you should simply have a good LinkedIn- or web- page, it worked for me and I still get requests every week for even in January (where ordinarily nobody has tasks for developers, I thought).
After that I worked at a very fulfilling fullstack C# Project for Genesis Mining and also took the chance to see Island for a month in their behalf. I was probably very lucky with my superiors who let me even employ friends of mine who I think are amazing software coders. Also this company really invests into a warm welcoming working climate by the way.
Get an ESTA
First thing you need is a Visa for the US. The Maximum stay time is three months for the standard ESTA Visa.
- 750€ – Flight Munich to San Diego and back to Munich
- 2700€ – 900€ per month for three months