Graduating from a coding bootcamp like GDEV opens up many career possibilities. As we said last week, with a coding bootcamp education, your options include (but are not limited to) junior developer, project manager, or full-stack developer. But another option is to become a freelance web developer.
Benefits of becoming a freelance web developer
There are several benefits of becoming a freelance web developer. Primary among them is your freedom. As a freelancer, you are able to choose the who, the what, the when, the where, and the how. You get to choose:
- When you work
- What projects you get to work on
- Who you work with
- Where you do this work
- How much you get paid.
There is an incredible freedom in freelancing, especially with a skill like web development, for which there is currently a large demand. Even more, the number of freelancers in the work market is constantly growing, and projected to become a US workforce majority. According to Upwork, a website for freelancers, over 50% of millennials currently, in some capacity, freelance. The gig economy is booming, and this is good news for those who wish to become a freelance web developer.
How to become a freelance web developer
Of course, there is no singular way to become a freelancer web developer. With the options and technology available, there are different ways to approach the same goal.
Start building your portfolio
As a freelance web developer, it’s always good to have something to show prospective clients as proof of the quality of your work. For this reason, it almost goes without saying that you need a website. Your branded website will itself be an example of your work, so be sure to do your best by it.
Aside from your website, start building things. Everything. Anything. say it often, but practicing and flexing your coding muscles is what gives GDEV grads the competitive advantage. Simultaneously sharpen your new skills and showcase your talent by building web-based apps for your portfolio.
Keep up to date with new technologies
One important don’t is: don’t offer anything you aren’t capable of doing. This is not to say you can’t “learn on the job.” Junior developers often do, and are paid for it. But there is a difference between learning a new skill and being honest about your level of expertise, and claiming you have more experience with a technology than you actually do.
How much can you make as a freelance web developer?
There is little information available about the salaries of freelance web developers. How much you make depends on a variety of factors including: what technologies you specialize in, whether you do front-end, back-end, or full stack, and the city you live in. But some surveys show that freelance wed developers can make anywhere from $50K to $100K in a fiscal year. Freelance web developers choose their own rates and their hours; so in terms of salary, you get out what you put in.
You can go in several directions after completing 12 weeks with GDEV, including freelancing. Studying with GDEV provides a range of options that will allow you to start a new career on your own terms. If you are interested in taking a class with us, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org