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Tips for Freelancing in Different Industries

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Tips for Freelancing in Different Industries

What does it take to be successful as a freelance in web development, versus data science or mobile app development? Bootcamp AI provides tips to succeeding in the different industries below.

Web Development

 

Web development freelance opportunities are plenty. Many smaller businesses or organizations understand the importance of a website for marketing purposes, but are unable to hire full-time developers. Even medium-sized or larger companies who have in-house developers hire freelancers depending on need, such as for short-term projects.

Tips for Freelance Web Developers

  • Your personal website is your job application.
  • Have a specialization or personal brand, including skills outside of web development. For example, let’s say you are a web developer and social media manager. Or a photographer and web developer.
  • Establish relationships. Hustling for your next gig can be exhausting — when you have a close network, you’ll have relationships with people who can refer you, point you toward new leads, and support you along the way.
  • Get plugged into online networks. On LinkedIn, this writer has over 800 connections. Skimming through LinkedIn for 20 seconds shows 3 people asking for freelancers. This is a low-cost way of finding leads.
  • Always Be Coding. Saying you were working on a project yesterday is much better than saying you were working on a project three months ago.
  • Keep updated with trends.
  • Set short- and long-term expectations with the client in your contract. If the website server goes down, who’s responsible for getting it back up? If the client rebrands itself, are you responsible for changes on the website?

Mobile Development

 

There is a huge industry for freelance mobile developers. Projects tend to take a few months, but longer and shorter ones are available too. Example projects are building a new function on an existing app, very small project apps (ie: a one-time app for a conference), or short-term collaboration on a longer project.

Top Tips for Freelance Mobile Developers

  • Have an app published in a store. This is the primary piece of evidence that you can produce a product the employer would like.
  • Manage timeline expectations upfront. Many times, employers don’t necessarily know the development phases and expect a product turnaround that is unreasonable.
  • Get plugged into online networks. On LinkedIn, this writer has over 800 connections. Skimming through the LinkedIn for 20 seconds shows 3 people asking for freelancers. This is a low-cost way of finding leads.
  • Discuss ownership of the app. Likely, the employer would own it. But can you publicly showcase what you worked on?
  • Establish relationships. Hustling for your next gig can be exhausting — when you have a close network, you’ll have relationships with people who can refer you, point you toward new leads, and support you along the way.
  • Keep updated with trends.

Data Science

Freelancing in data science requires you to have field knowledge — for example, freelancing for education companies means you have some idea of education datasets, and know learning details. Or, you have a set of skills to call out; for example you’re great at data visualization or great at making sense of poor datasets. Finding your niche is important to be a successful freelancer. In many cases where employers are hiring contract data analysts or data scientists, they’re looking for you to tell them what they need.

Tips for Freelance Data Analysts and Data Scientists

  • Find a specialty.
  • Have a blog or portfolio website that demonstrates your communication skills.
  • Focus on how you take data and turn it into an action item.

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