How to Work as a Freelance Web Developer

Being a freelance web developer has numerous advantages, including industry growth and high income potential. In this article, we’ll tell you what you need to know in order to become a freelance web developer.

Legal considerations

Freelancers work for themselves. Therefore, before entering into any agreements, you should obtain an Australian Business Number (ABN).

While freelancers may work for a company, they only cover specific tasks. These tasks are specified in a Contractor Agreement. This allows the purpose of the contractor’s role to become more clear. However, unlike an employee, a freelancer is considered external to the company.

Learn skills

It can be difficult to identify what coding language to learn first. JavaScript is useful to learn as it makes the web page more interactive. It’s also used by the majority of sites online. It can be used for both client side and server side scripts that integrate into HTML well. This is possible by using a cross platform runtime like Node.js. You should also note that JavaScript is used for mainly front end projects. This skill is useful as you can offer your skills as a front end and back end web developer.

Python is useful as it has powerful statistical and numerical packages that help with data analysis. Further, Java is another language that is useful in different types of programming like:

  • Web development
  • Embedded programming

Build your Brand

Building your brand goes hand in hand with increasing your work experience. Further, focus on one specific skill set by working on projects around it.

Marketing is an integral part of running a successful business. To get started, think about:

  • The type of customer you want to attract
  • How will your target market view the costs benefit analysis when choosing your product?
  • The competitive advantage that you want to maintain or achieve
  • The methods you want to use to advertise your services. e.g it can be in the form of paid ads, email campaigns and content marketing. 


Ultimately, as a freelance web developer you need to meet certain legal requirements like acquiring an ABN and paying tax. There are a number of challenges through the process of starting your own freelance business like learning to code and adding work experience. Further, if you’re unsure about your legal rights as a contractor, it may be wise to consult a business lawyer.

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