To be a web developer is becoming more and more popular these days. They can work from home, as much as they like, and above all, they get pretty good money for it. It sounds pretty appealing, but how to start a freelance web development business actually?
First, you need to build a strong and impacting portfolio which presents all of your skills. If you are web designer at the same time, even better. It is much easier to present yourself to your potential clients visually then through explaining your coding efficiency.
The examples of presentable portfolios:
And you can find quite a few more on:
Do your best, make your work stand out from the crowd. Spend a little more time on this, even if you are in a hurry and not so patient to wait for your checks, it will pay off definitely.
After you are honestly and completely satisfied with your portfolio, you start to make accounts on numerous freelancing sites such as:
And there are so many others, you can Google them easily.
Attach your portfolio to your profile; write a few words about yourself and about your work. Don’t be pretentious, don’t boast and don’t set some unreasonable pricing. However good you are, in the eyes of these people you are still the beginner and you need to gain their trust and a chance to prove your skills.
Once you get a chance, be responsible, professional and punctual. Respect the deadlines and meet the needs of your client. Even if pay is not what you expected at first, you do your job as you get the highest possible rate. First few jobs you will do more for “fame” and less for money. Don’t be discouraged by this, that is completely normal thing and you may consider it as investment in your future.
All of these freelancing sites work by principle of rating and recommendation, so you want good voice to be spread about your skills, cooperation abilities, professionalism etc. Once you get high ranking, you may raise your charge rates, but you still have to keep the quality level high. Quality level have to be high all the time, otherwise you may lose your decent income because of few easy bucks. It doesn’t pay off, we can agree on that.
It could take some time in the beginning, but if you are patient and hardworking, soon you will gain returning clients who will recommend your services to their friends and business partners.
When you get a plenty of contacts and feel strong and experienced enough to work on your own, you may quit with this business through mediators. By then you may have your own trusting and long lasting clients.
If you are an ambitious one and you have your own ideas for applications or some other software products, now it is the perfect time for you. You got some attention and you can place and offer your products to quite an audience. If you still need some stimulus, you have the opportunity to set up your start up project.
Here is where you can find the list of startup sites to which you could apply:
For a startup you need to have a good idea, but even a better presentation to persuade people they need your product so they can easily and willingly decide to invest in it. Anything can be on table, as long as you explain it clearly, show it concretely and perform it simply. From my experience, the best things are the ones that save either time or money for the customers. If it can be both you just can’t fail.
While you are spreading your start up campaign, do your best to have enough time to please your faithful clients, always keep that in mind, because that will keep you going. Solid foundations can’t be neglected, it is out of question.
To summarize it all, always be hard working, kind, modest, but appreciate your own values. Keep your positive attitude, because you have the skill for the present and for the future. If you can code, you will definitely have a lot of work, but it is up to you to optimize it and get the best and the most out of it.