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What’s it like to work as a freelance web developer with online-acquired tasks?

Answer by A Quora admin: Tom Maddocks,

I’m glad you asked! It can be exciting, boring, frustrating, challenging, slow, fast, costly, lonely, varied.

Exciting – when you get offered your first piece of work it’s a great feeling. You feel like you’ve finally been given a chance and want to make the best impression possible.

Boring – sometimes the work you get can be very uninspiring. Unfortunately, if you’ve offered your services you need to push through and get it done. At the end of the day you’re getting paid for it.

Frustrating – I guarantee you’ll get frustrated from time to time, whether it’s with clients or a project you’re having trouble with. It can be tough at times dealing with less than technical clients.

Challenging – accepting projects you may not be 100% familiar with and working through it with clients to offer the best solution; it’s times like these you find you’re actually capable of coming up with the answers. It’s times like these you learn to live again…. (Sorry, ignore the last sentence)

Slow – it’s more than likely there will be times when you bid on projects and don’t win, as these sites get more and more popular competition will only increase so be prepared to miss out on jobs most of the time.

Fast – on the other hand there are times when lots of jobs can come in at once. That’s when you’ll have to really prove yourself and juggle a number of jobs at once.

Costly – bit of a swipe at the fees on some of these sites. In all respect they are putting you in front of the buyers, but losing an hour or two in fees can be annoying.

Lonely – working on your own can be quite boring at times. You’ll find your best friend is yourself and won’t think twice about talking to yourself throughout the day. Your partner might find it strange and you might chew their ear off when they get in from work! I’m not sure if there’s a positive in here.

Varied – every project you work on is different so you’ll get to experiment with lots of different things and you just might find certain projects that get you really excited.

Overall I’d say it’s pretty good freelancing on these sites, especially if you’re trying to make a living. On the other hand I’d say it’d be a great way to get started for less experienced developers trying to build up a portfolio.

What’s it like to work as a freelance web developer with online-acquired tasks?

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