Freelancing in the Web Development Domain

Freelancing is all about making a market for yourself in a given field. You have to consistently offer quality work and effectively create a niche for yourself in an already crowded ecology. Freelancing is a hard field to get into.

Competition is high and a lack of regular income is off putting but if you stay long enough in the game, the rewards are high and the freedom to do work on your schedule is a fruitful experience.

Web development is a saturated market as it is. There are plenty of big names in the field with an army of employees ready to do anything you throw at them. It is trying indeed to be able to sustain yourself as a freelancer in such an environment. Forget about flexible timings and convenient hours, at least initially, if you plan to make a living for yourself from just freelancing. It is only after a while when you’ve made a mark that you can afford to sit back and do jobs the way you had always wanted to.

What most people don’t take into account when starting to freelance, are the clients. The client always wants his work to be your number one priority, expect unreasonable quality standards and all this for the lowest amount of money that they get away with. It gets tiring and often leads to much friction between a developer and the client. There is still this mentality that people freelance because they weren’t good enough to get a company to hire them.

That because they don’t have a big brand name behind them, they are essentially cheap labor for what is undoubtedly some very high skilled work. This leads to some very frustrated developers who often start to second guess their choice to become a freelancer. But as any experienced freelancer will tell you, this is the way it is for every beginner and the way to get past this is to find a niche for yourself, to take on work that no one else would, to not give up and give each job you very best, and to excel at being the guy who gets the job done.

As with any good thing, freelancing too requires a little care and hard work in the initial stages for you to reap the benefits of it, as you would of a tree that you planted as a sapling and looked after tenderly with regular attention.