Here’s the time allocation for freelance developers:
- 20% Become a Business Genius: Read business books and complete business courses.
- 20% Master Your Niche: Read programming books and specialize.
- 30% Increase Demand for Your Services: Apply for gigs and generate leads into your business. Learn more here.
- 30% Do Work For Clients: Always overdeliver to feed into the previous step.
By reading business books, you’ll become more and more efficient in building your business and your business will transform over time to the better. By reading programming books, you’ll be able to solve problems for clients much faster. Expert coders can complete gigs faster and produce better quality. These two learning habits will ensure that you maximize the leverage of your time and it’s the best investment you can make.
Now you have the skills—but to earn higher hourly rates, you need to increase demand for your services. As a rule of thumb: double the demand for your services will double your hourly rate. How can you increase demand? Build a loyal client base of business owners who know, like, and trust you. You accomplish this by always giving them more value than they pay for. The most crude way to get clients is to apply for gigs on Upwork and Fiverr. Do it if necessary!
Finally, you need to do the work. But most of the time you should invest in the previous steps to sharpen your saw and build a sustainable business. Doing the work will be easier and more profitable as a result!
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 that has taught exponential skills to millions of coders worldwide. He’s the author of the best-selling programming books Python One-Liners (NoStarch 2020), The Art of Clean Code (NoStarch 2022), and The Book of Dash (NoStarch 2022). Chris also coauthored the Coffee Break Python series of self-published books. He’s a 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.