Real World Advice for Web Development Freelancers

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Real World Advice for Web Development Freelancers

As a web developer, you must be responsible for all aspects of running your freelance business, keeping in mind, that it is in fact a legal business. You must be able to take on all of the challenges and all of the foreseeable challenges associated with running a business as a freelance Web Developer. Below is some real world advice for web development freelancers who are planning to provide services in the real working world.

1.  Set up a legal business entity

As a freelancer, you must set up the legal structure of your business. Most freelances are considered independent contractors, who typically form a sole-proprietorship as their legal business entity. However, for more protection from liability risks, other forms of entities are set up, such as a C-Corp, an S Corp, or an LLC. Each has their own tax advantages and disadvantages that you will also be responsible for as a freelancer as well.

2.  Obtain Insurance

As a freelancer, you are exposed to various liability risks and need insurance to cover any losses or damages. If while performing your web development services, your client experiences a loss or damages while under your watch, you may be at risk of legal issues and having insurance will add an extra layer of protection for you.

3.  Identify your target market and market niche

As a web developer, you may discover that you prefer working with a certain type of client, such as hospitals, grocery stores, flower shops, auto repair shops, or better yet, with other independent contractors. You may find that it’s easier to work in the same industry (or niche) than it is to work within multiple niches. You may also find that this makes you a lot more productive by focusing on one industry.

4. Be known for solving the client’s problems

As a web developer, having a basic understanding of some similar or related areas that may require your services as well could prove to be very beneficial to you and to the client. You have been hired to solve your client’s problem, so being prepared in advance to either solve the problem directly or bring in someone who can will cause the client to have more confidence and faith in your abilities.

In fact, as a freelance web developer, you should avoid using words such as “I can’t” or “I’d don’t know.” Because even if you don’t know, but you know where to go to get assistance sill makes you look like a problem solver in the eyes of the client. Words such as “I’m not certain, but I can get back to you” sounds so much better than I don’t know or I can’t. (Otherwise they may begin to question your overall abilities in general.)

Additionally, contracts , which are different from proposals, can sometimes be built right to the proposal. When contracts are submitted in this way, it’s usually added to the proposal after it, the scope of work (and in most cases, the price) has been accepted by the client. It’s then added to the proposal and submitted for signature. Sometimes the proposal itself can simply be converted into a contract after the client has accepted it. In any case, the freelancer is responsible for developing and submitting all contracts, quotes, proposals to the client in a timely fashion.

These are just a few tips that should assist you as a web development freelancer as you grow and further develop your freelancing career.