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[Tut] Freelance Developers Specialize! But Where?

Freelance Developers Specialize! But Where?

As a freelance developer, many routes lead to success. But this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t decide which route to take and stick to it!

Quite contrarily, the worst is to be a jack-of-all-trades—a freelance developer who doesn’t have the guts to focus on one specialized skill set. Specialization is critical for your success as a freelance developer. Specialists earn more money, learn faster because they can build on knowledge they’ve already acquired, are more efficient because they don’t need to spend hours and hours learning about a new field for each gig they take, and enjoy a higher status as they’re perceived as “experts in their fields”.

In the following, you’re going to learn about the most popular niches in the freelance developing space.

Freelance Web Developer

The most popular freelance developer specialization is web developing. This makes sense because most freelancing gigs are brokered over the web. So, why not sell your skills creating websites and solving other types of problems in the web.

As a freelance web developer, you must discuss requirements with clients, propose website ideas, design web pages, fix broken databases, work with CMS, write HTML code, add JavaScript widgets, and collaborate with designers. You can focus on front-end, or back-end, or full-stack web development.

  • Front-end web development: Create websites but focus on user interfaces, usability, and design. You use front-end technologies such as JavaScript, HTML, CSS and Bootstrap.
  • Back-end web development: Create web application but focus on server-side logic—databases, scaling the application to hundreds of thousands of users, distributed systems.
  • Full-stack web development: Create web applications but be able to do both front-end and back-end web development. These highly skilled professionals are sought by many small companies that cannot afford to hire multiple web developers. Also, it helps you understand the big picture of a web application which is a vital skill for leaders and higher management.

Freelance Full Stack Developer

“A full stack web developer is a person who can develop both client and server software. In addition to mastering HTML and CSS, he/she also knows how to: Program a browser (like using JavaScript, jQuery, Angular, or Vue) Program a server (like using PHP, ASP, Python, or Node)” (source)

Freelance Frontend Developer

“A front-end web developer is responsible for implementing visual elements that users see and interact with in a web application. They are usually supported by back-end web developers, who are responsible for server-side application logic and integration of the work front-end developers do.” (source)

Freelance Backend Developer

“Back-end developers work hand-in-hand with front-end developers by providing the outward facing web application elements server-side logic. In other words, back-end developers create the logic to make the web app function properly, and they accomplish this through the use of server-side scripting languages like Ruby or.” (source)

Freelance Qt Developer

“Qt (pronounced “cute”) is a free and open-source widget toolkit for creating graphical user interfaces as well as cross-platform applications that run on various software and hardware platforms such as Linux, Windows, macOS, Android or embedded systems with little or no change in the underlying codebase while still being a native application with native capabilities and speed (source).”

As a freelance Qt developer, you create application that use Qt as a GUI framework. Qt is a widely distributed framework that is used for many Linux systems, Adobe, Google Earth, Photoshop, and many popular applications. Because of the wide distribution of the Qt framework—and the high barrier to entry—freelancing as a Qt developer can be very profitable. However, the learning curve is quite steep as well and you must be willing to read many books and spend hundreds of hours learning this exciting framework.

Freelance Quant Developer

Quants are finance geeks that use quantitative analysis to gain insight into financial data. Quants have a thorough statistical education because they must understand the statistical significance of their insights. The financial niche pays above average and you can work for large financial firms that crunch numbers to come to predictions regarding undervalued stocks or financial instruments.

The potential to work as a freelancer is relatively limited because most large financial institutions rely on quant employees. However, more and more financial startups (FinTechs) hire quant developers to create trading bots and automize financial analysis. Those startups often prefer to hire freelance quant developers.

Should you become a freelance quant developer? In my opinion, this is a financially very attractive opportunity paying much more than six-figures—but only if you’re very interested in finance and you have a knack for maths, data science, and statistics.

Freelance Software Developer

A freelance software developer is a person who professionally creates software through computer programming by selling his services to companies, organizations, or individuals in an independent contractor relationship. There are a multitude of programming languages and frameworks designed to create software—so, the niche description is still very broad and general. You must choose your specific niche in more detail. However, the term “freelance software developer” is mostly used for larger-scale software projects where the freelancer is hired on a per-project basis.

Freelance Java Developer

“Java is a class-based, object-oriented programming language that is designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible. It is a general-purpose programming language intended to let application developers write once, run anywhere (WORA), meaning that compiled Java code can run on all platforms that support Java without the need for recompilation.” (source)

Freelance Developer Embedded

“An embedded system is a computer system—a combination of a computer processor, computer memory, and input/output peripheral devices—that has a dedicated function within a larger mechanical or electrical system. It is embedded as part of a complete device often including electrical or electronic hardware and mechanical parts. Because an embedded system typically controls physical operations of the machine that it is embedded within, it often has real-time computing constraints. Embedded systems control many devices in common use today. Ninety-eight percent of all microprocessors manufactured are used in embedded systems.” (source)

Freelance eLearning Developer

“A Learning Engineer is someone who draws from evidence-based information about human development — including learning — and seeks to apply these results at scale, within contexts, to create affordable, reliable, data-rich learning environments.” (source)

Freelance Email Developer

“The Email Developer is responsible for design and execution of responsive design and development of email promotions ensuring that projects are completed.” (source)

Freelance eCommerce Developer

“The eCommerce developers are normally web developers with additional skills for the tools and platforms commonly used in eCommerce businesses. The main skills of an eCommerce developer should include: HTML, CSS, XML. JavaScript, Node.” (source)

Freelance ETL Developer

“An ETL Developer is an IT specialist who designs data storage systems for companies, and works to fill that system with the data that needs to be stored. ETL Developers generally work as part of a team. They are sometimes employed by a single company.” (source)

Freelance React Developer

“In a nutshell, a React developer designs and implements user-facing features for websites and applications using React.js. They are known as front-end developers, a sub-group of developers that manage everything that users see on their web browsers or applications.” (source)

Freelance Developer WordPress

“WordPress Developers are responsible for both back-end and front-end development, including creating WordPress themes and plugins. They have different programming skills such as namely PHP, HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.” (source)

Freelance Tableau Developer

“A Tableau developer creates computer system and data visualization solutions to improve business processes. This job involves tasks such as creating Tableau dashboard reports, working with developers, creating business intelligence reports and visualizations, and attending feedback sessions to improve systems.” (source)

Freelance Tally Developer

A Tally Developer uses a comprehensive development suite to develop, and deploy solutions for Tally. “Tally is a windows-based Enterprise Resource Planning software. The software handles Accounting, Inventory Management, Order Management, Tax Management, Payroll, Banking and many such requirements of the business. It supports all day-to-day processes from recording invoices to generating various MIS reports.” (source)

Freelance Zoho Developer

As a Zoho Developer, you create apps on the Zoho Developer platform that “is a free cloud platform for developers to create ready-to-deploy cloud applications on top of the Zoho platform. Unlike conventional cloud platforms, the Zoho Developer Console lets you quickly build enterprise level applications through drag and drop tools.” (source)

Freelance Unity Developer

“A unity developer creates apps for the unity platform. “Unity is a cross-platform game engine developed by Unity Technologies, first announced and released in June 2005 at Apple Inc.’s Worldwide Developers Conference as a Mac OS X-exclusive game engine. As of 2018, the engine had been extended to support more than 25 platforms.” (source)

Freelance UI Developer

A UI developer creates user interfaces to interact with the user of a given application. “Marketable programming skills for UI developers include HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, JSON, jQuery, Java, Ruby on Rails, and SQL database development. UI devs will also benefit from learning Photoshop, Flash, Flex and Illustrator from the Adobe Creative Suite.” (source)

Freelance Unreal Developer

An Unreal Developer creates apps for the Unreal engine. “Unreal Engine is the world’s most open and advanced real-time 3D creation platform for photoreal visuals and immersive experiences.” (source)

Freelance Umbraco Developer

An Umraco Developer works with the Umbraco platform, maintains it, and extends it with new features. “Umbraco is an open-source content management system (CMS) platform for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets. It is written in C# and deployed on Microsoft based infrastructure. Since version 4.5, the whole system has been available under an MIT License.” (source)

Freelance Flutter Developer

A Flutter Developer creates apps for the Flutter platform. “Flutter is Google’s UI toolkit for building beautiful, natively compiled applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single codebase.” (source)

Freelance Filemaker Developer

“The primary qualifications for a FileMaker developer include experience with FileMaker database solutions, knowledge of database administration, and skills in related programming languages such as SQL, Java, and Perl.” (source)

Freelance Firmware Developer

“Firmware engineers develop the software that manages electronic devices. These positions require proficiency in programming languages and applications, as well as good communications skills.” (source)

Freelance Flask Developer

A Flask Developer is a programmer who develops apps in Python’s Flask framework. “Flask is a micro web framework written in Python. It is classified as a microframework because it does not require particular tools or libraries. It has no database abstraction layer, form validation, or any other components where pre-existing third-party libraries provide common functions. However, Flask supports extensions that can add application features as if they were implemented in Flask itself. Extensions exist for object-relational mappers, form validation, upload handling, various open authentication technologies and several common framework related tools.” (source)

Freelance Django Developer

A Django developer creates, maintains, and improves apps written in Python’s Django framework. “Django is a high-level Python Web framework that encourages rapid development and clean, pragmatic design. Built by experienced developers, it takes care of much of the hassle of Web development, so you can focus on writing your app without needing to reinvent the wheel. It’s free and open source.” (source)

Freelance Game Developer

“Game developers are people like you with math, computer, or creative arts skills. They spend their time programming and developing games. This includes programming console, computer, and mobile video games. They are persistent, they are a little bit lucky, and they manage to get hired to do develop video games.” (source)

Freelance Go Developer

A Go Developer is a programmer who uses the Golang programming language to create, maintain, and improve Go applictions. “Go is a really flexible language, able to solve a lot of problems. You can use it for system and network programming, big data, machine learning, audio and video editing, and more.” (source)

Freelance GIS Developer

“The job of a geographic information systems developer is to design and execute applications used to support GIS data; “GIS” refers simply to applications and software which collect data from specific locations. The applications developed by those in this position are also used to edit and analyze data and create maps.” (source)

Freelance Hubspot Developer

A Hubspot developer is involved in managing access to the HubAPI. “This domain is owned by Hubspot. The company provides a range of online marketing and sales technology and services. The main purpose of cookies set by this host is: Targeting/Advertising.” (source)

Freelance HTML Developer

“HTML developers are responsible for the complete end-to-end coding of websites. They provide technical support to website users, direct HTML projects, code sites, develop web-based applications, and perform testing on Web sites and their background code.” (source)

Freelance LabVIEW Developer

A Labview developer has passed the LabVIEW exam. “The Certified LabVIEW Developer (CLD) exam verifies the user’s ability to design and develop functional programs while minimizing development time and ensuring maintainability through proper documentation and style. Certified Developers can provide technical leadership to less experienced engineers, helping ensure their team is following best practices and becoming more competent and efficient LabVIEW programmers.” (source)

Freelance VR Developer

A VR developer specializes in virtual reality. In particular, the VR developer is involved in “development of VR and AR applications (UE4, Unity, C++, C#), development and implementation of prototypes and new functions, agile development planning, and running tests and code reviews.” (source)

Freelance VBA Developer

“A VBA Developer works with the Excel application and adapts it to the specific needs of a challenge or requirements to automate repetitive tasks and accelerate the workflow of a business. This is done using the Visual Basic for Applications and Macros – hence the term VBA developer.” (source)

Freelance UI Developer

“A UI developer’s role is to translate creative software design concepts and ideas into reality using front end technology. They understand the user interface design solution both in its practical intent and creative vision, and convert it into engineered softwares.” (source)

Freelance Blockchain Developer

“A developer responsible for developing and optimizing blockchain protocols, crafting the architecture of blockchain systems, developing smart contracts and web apps using blockchain technology are commonly called blockchain developers.” (source)

Freelance .Net Developer

“A .NET Software Developer is a software developer who specialises in building software for Microsoft’s Windows platform. They work with programming languages compatible with Microsoft’s .NET framework, including VB.NET, C# (C sharp) and F# (F sharp).” (source)

Freelance Mobile Developer

“Mobile developers are a type of software developer. They specialise in mobile technology such as building apps for Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone platforms. For this reason job titles for this type of role also include Android developer and iOS developer.” (source)

Freelance Magento Developer

“Magento developers are in charge of developing, maintaining, and improving their clients’ eCommerce websites. … Magento developers are in charge of developing, maintaining, and improving their clients’ eCommerce websites. Their responsibility is huge, as most of the time, Magento websites generate a lot of revenue.” (source)

Freelance iOS Developer

“An iOS developer is responsible for developing applications for mobile devices powered by Apple’s iOS operating system. Ideally, a good iOS developer is proficient with one of the two programming languages for this platform: Objective-C or Swift.” (source)

Freelance IONIC Developer

An IONIC developer creates apps for the IONIC platform. “Ionic provides tools and services for developing hybrid mobile, desktop, and Progressive Web Apps based on modern web development technologies and practices, using Web technologies like CSS, HTML5, and Sass. In particular, mobile apps can be built with these Web technologies and then distributed through native app stores to be installed on devices by utilizing Cordova or Capacitor.” (source)

Freelance Odoo Developer

An Odoo developer is involved in Odoo development. “Odoo is a suite of business management software tools including CRM, e-commerce, billing, accounting, manufacturing, warehouse, project management, and inventory management to name a few.” (source)

Freelance Outsystems Developer

An Outsystems Developer creates and ships scalable, responsive software developed with OutSystems. The rapidly developed apps integrate well with existing systems and possess high scalability.

Freelance App Developer

“An app developer is a computer software engineer whose primary responsibilities include creating, testing and programming apps for computers, mobile phones, and tablets. These developers typically work in teams, and think of ideas and concepts either for the general public, or for a specific customer need.” (source)

Freelance Android Developer

An Android developer creates mobile applications for the Android operating system. “You can make a very competitive income, and build a very satisfying career as an Android developer. Android is still the most used mobile operating system in the world, and the demand for skilled Android developers remains very high.” (source)

Freelance Angular Developer

An Angular developer is involved in the following activities: “Designing and developing user interfaces using AngularJS best practices. Adapting interface for modern internet applications using the latest front-end technologies. Writing JavaScript, CSS, and HTML. … Ensuring high performance of applications and providing support.” (source)

Freelance Database Developer

“Database developers ensure that database management systems (DBMS) can handle massive quantities of data. Also called database programmers, developers usually work as part of a software development team. … Modifying and editing databases. Designing and developing new databases.” (source)

Freelance Drupal Developer

“A Drupal developer is someone who writes a lot of PHP and other server side languages. They write custom modules, automated tests, consume web services, automate deployment etc. They may also be know as “backend Drupal developers”. They may also get involved in some of the more advanced side of the theme layer as well.” (source)

Freelance Delphi Developer

A Delphi developer creates code in the Delphi programming language. “Delphi is a high-level programming language distributed by Embarcadero Technologies as part of RAD Studio, an IDE for professional developers. It is primarily used to build applications for Windows systems but can be used to build applications for a variety of operating systems.” (source)

Freelance Oracle Developer

“An Oracle developer is responsible for creating or maintaining the database components of an application that uses the Oracle technology stack. Oracle developers either develop new applications or convert existing applications to run in an Oracle Database environment.” (source)

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Where to Go From Here?

Enough theory, let’s get some practice!

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Practice projects is how you sharpen your saw in coding!

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