4 Non-Programming Skills You Need To Be A Successful Freelance Web Developer

To be a successful freelance web developer, you’re going to need a handful of skills.

I’ve made 30k$ from freelancing in my free time in the last year while keeping my day job. I’m giving you the list of skills you need to do the same because I was amazed to see that it is not the most skillful developers that get a lot of clients, but the ones who understand client needs and can communicate efficiently.

I hope this will get you inspired and get you your first client.

#1 Sales — Get in contact with local businesses

You need to contact local businesses and see if they need work done.

No developer does this, and that is perfect for you. If you can contact 2–3 businesses per day, you will have an unfair advantage over the competition. Pro tip: Record a Loom video with suggestions for improvements.

#2 Marketing — Say what you do, and say it often

Be willing to let people know that you offer services. Recommendations will follow.

Many of my clients came because I chatted for 5 minutes with a friend of theirs, told them I do software for clients, and generally, the response is, “If I hear anyone needing services, I will recommend you.”

Pro tip: Be consistent with social media. You want to have visibility.

#3 Empathy — Clients don’t want websites; they want more business

A lot of times, clients won’t know what they need precisely. The better you understand their business, the better you can inform them on what is possible and most impactful for their situation.

#4 Communication — What you’ll do and how long it will take

Setting expectations is the cornerstone of a good business relationship.

Clients will love working with you when they are informed and especially if they are informed about obstacles. Set clear timeframes for your projects, have regular check-ins and update clients on progress, next steps, and possible barriers.

Finally, I want to congratulate you for getting to this point, and feel free to reach out to me with any questions!

This post was created with Typeshare




Hi, I’m Ovi Stoica! I help people build quality software and I write about technology, startups and marketing for developers.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

27 Part Journey to Starting a Side Hustle — Day One


Get Paid Every Time You Speak - Really!

A Typical Day in the Life of a Social Media Manager

Becoming A Freelancer Should Be The Start Of Something Bigger

The 5 Steps You Need To Create and Start a Side Hustle

Why I Choose Freelancing to be my Full Time Job

Soft-pitching your writing services

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Ovidiu Stoica

Ovidiu Stoica

Hi, I’m Ovi Stoica! I help people build quality software and I write about technology, startups and marketing for developers.

More from Medium

Art chronicle. Week 2.

Week 1: Women Who Code Mentorship Program 4.0

Here’s how I reset my learning curve.

Hello World — My Live Documented Journey of Becoming a Successful Mobile App/Game Dev (EP: 1)