Do you want to work from home and earn a healthy living as a freelance developer? There has never been a better time! Freelance Developers make $51 per hour, on average, in the US. The highest hourly ratings are earned by freelancers outside freelancing platforms such as Upwork or Fiverr—by means of their own websites.
But how do you create a freelance developer website that converts strangers to paying customers?
In this article, I’ll answer this question by example. Each of the top 19 websites shown here is carefully selected based on the respective freelancer’s estimated success.
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- Course “How to Become a Python Freelancer”,
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How to Create Your Own Freelance Developer Website in 5 Simple Steps
Creating a website as a freelance developer is relatively easy. Here are the five steps that you must complete:
- Domain+Hosting: Create your meaningful domain name—like i-help-you-solve-your-tech-problems.com—and a simple WordPress site using a website hosting service (just Google this to get it done). WordPress is still the best technology that can create beautiful websites in very little time.
- Niche+Customer Problem: Find the specific niche and customer problem you want to solve. Go niche. Go small. Don’t fear being too niched down–that doesn’t exist as a one-person freelancing business. Even a world-market of 2 clients a year will do if they pay you enough money. Don’t miss this step—it’s critical. Read more about finding your best niche here.
- Copywriting: Fill your simple one-page site with a description of how you solve your customer’s problem. Make your value proposition obvious from the start. You can find more business education in my Python freelancer course.
- Trust: Add trust elements to your website. What have you already accomplished in programming? Which websites and projects can they check out? What’s your StackOverflow bio? What’s your Github account? What did your previous employers say about you? Add pictures from you and make yourself human! Go deep into your past and find all valuable things you ever did that help you create trust for this specific customer problem you are targeting.
- Pay: Find a way to get paid. There are plugins to embed a PayPal button—but the best way is to ask for an email. Just embed an HTML button with a
mailtosource attribute. You should have a separate bank account to divide your personal finances with your business finances from the start.
That’s it. You’ll revisit everything from time to time and improve your web presence through feedback and iteration. There are more things to do but you’ll figure them out as they appear. Don’t overthink—just do it!
Freelance Developer Website Examples
Next, I’m going to go over the best website examples of freelance developers I found at various resources (e.g., here).
Where to Go From Here?
Enough theory. Let’s get some practice!
Coders get paid six figures and more because they can solve problems more effectively using machine intelligence and automation.
To become more successful in coding, solve more real problems for real people. That’s how you polish the skills you really need in practice. After all, what’s the use of learning theory that nobody ever needs?
You build high-value coding skills by working on practical coding projects!
Do you want to stop learning with toy projects and focus on practical code projects that earn you money and solve real problems for people?
🚀 If your answer is YES!, consider becoming a Python freelance developer! It’s the best way of approaching the task of improving your Python skills—even if you are a complete beginner.
If you just want to learn about the freelancing opportunity, feel free to watch my free webinar “How to Build Your High-Income Skill Python” and learn how I grew my coding business online and how you can, too—from the comfort of your own home.
While working as a researcher in distributed systems, Dr. Christian Mayer found his love for teaching computer science students.
To help students reach higher levels of Python success, he founded the programming education website Finxter.com. He’s author of the popular programming book Python One-Liners (NoStarch 2020), coauthor of the Coffee Break Python series of self-published books, computer science enthusiast, freelancer, and owner of one of the top 10 largest Python blogs worldwide.
His passions are writing, reading, and coding. But his greatest passion is to serve aspiring coders through Finxter and help them to boost their skills. You can join his free email academy here.