If you’re a web developer and you want to earn more in your Web Development career, you’re in the perfect page. The tips listed in this post are mostly applicable to those who are working online as a freelancers.
Many of the advice here will help you improve your efficiency as a web developer. I’ll also share with you tips on how you can increase your rate to make even more money.
This article is for those who are making websites for business owners, bloggers, celebrities, government agencies, and etc. The idea is you’re creating websites for end users and not working under an agency.
Please take note that online employment is different from freelancing. Online employment typically has a fixed monthly rate unlike freelancing, you are rated per hour or per project basis. Freelancing’s basic setup is more of a business type and it’s really different from employment.
Being a freelancer rather than an online employee gives you independence and more freedom in terms of flexibility of your schedule, terms and processes, methods of earning, and the ability to choose who you want to work with. Without further ado, here’s a list of things you can do in order to make more money with your freelancing career.
8 Tips To Make More Cash as Independent Web Developer
1. Change Your Perspective
One of the most useful and powerful advice I can give you is to change your perspective. I know, there are a lot of technicalities with regards web development which can make you a nerdy type of guy. I’ve been there too but if I were to look at it today, I see it as some kind of a trap.
Here’s what I mean..
Don’t try to be the all-rounder guy who knows all the technologies, all platforms, all frameworks, and etc. Trust me, you will wear yourself out. Just focus in one platform or one framework and present yourself as an expert in that area.
Most of your clients won’t care about what technologies you know. Most of them will just care about how their website looks, the functionalities, and speed of the website.
Many of your clients don’t have any idea about the importance of well-written codes. Only few of them have appreciation for it.
All I want to say is be practical. If you already know something that works, it’s better to focus and specialize on those specific skills. It is much easier to raise your rate with specialized skills than it is to be an all rounder. (Read that again please.)
Web development is not just about creating websites. Communication skills are super important. Planning and scheduling skills are also key to earning more in this kind of business. We’ll get into the details of things in the next entries so watch out for that.
2. Use Project Management tools
I believe it is a must for every web developer to use project management applications. I typically use Asana and Basecamp as tools for my web development projects. These tools help me keep everything on track.
Being able to show your clients that you are an organized web developer, it gives them added confidence that you know what you are doing. Organizing things in your web development process always produces higher quality works.
You can add this skill in your freelancer profiles (upwork, freelancer, taskus, onlinejobsph, etc) or in your own website. The more you can showcase yourself as a high-quality developer, the more you can increase your rate and earn more dollars with your projects.
3. Have Your Own Website
This is probably one of my mistakes when I was in my early web development career. I did not immediately setup my own website. Back then, all I think about is that I need to create the best portfolio website a web developer could ever have.
It’s not always about how cool your website is. I’ve seen a lot of web development agency sites that are poorly designed and not even responsive yet they’re getting a lot of clients every week. That’s the time I realized that there must be something I don’t understand.
I realized that what you communicate on your website are the things that earn you clients. If you can clearly relay your message through your website what you do, what you’ve done, and the process of how you do things, you will eventually find clients that fit your working style.
This is important..
You don’t simply work with every client that comes along your way. What you need are clients that fit your working schedule, communication style, your conditions, process, and etc.
You don’t want to reiterate everything manually and therefore having a website is really a must. What you need to do is get a hosting and setup a site. Don’t care much about the design yet. You can always fix the looks of your site some other time.
There are web development projects that are very easy but get hard and take longer time to finish because the client is toxic. You don’t wan this to happen. If you want to earn more with your web development career, you want every projects to be smooth as possible.
Never let a toxic client make you work 2 months for a project that can be done in less than a month.