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June 18, 2020

The Contractor Lifestyle: Web Developers

Contracts for remote developers offer a lot—the ability to jump onto exciting projects, the ability for a career refresher, and the ability to work abroad or fit an alternative lifestyle. They also work the client who is looking for the best developer they can find.
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As remote freelancers become more normative in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, some things are remaining constant—such as clients looking for skilled freelance web developers on a contract basis.

A friend who lives in San Francisco and works in Fintech recruiting (financial technology), but has also dabbled in hiring iOS developers and bug fixers for clients says that, “…fatigue on long contracts might set in when the contractor feels as though communication with their higher-ups is lacking, or feels as though the amount of work initially agreed upon has become daunting.”

He also mentioned that contractors looking for a quick paycheck, but not a total investment in the organization is possible, and their LinkedIn profiles or resumes might reflect someone who is a stand-out candidate but gets fatigued easily once they signed their W2 forms. He advises that a major benefit of hiring a freelancer is that their portfolio is their incentive to doing good work. In other words, having another project to put on their portfolio with KPIs reached only makes their freelancer lifestyle more competitive for their next client bidding.

Scaling up

Hiring a freelancer is also majorly beneficial when it comes to e-commerce sites that need constant improvements as they grow exponentially. Consumer-driven businesses, in general, will need constant improvements, and hiring a good web developer, whether its back or front end, will ensure that as revenue grows from sales, there is peace in knowing that gaps in the website or potential bugs will be fixable and not detract from the goal of the business—making profits.  

One issue that does come up frequently in terms of the hiring and contractual process with freelance web developers is when something crashes, or there is a serious need for a web developer after their contract expires. This might create ambiguity on both the client and developer side of things as to whether the intended project was actually finite or not.

Getting onto an exciting team

Some contracts may be cut and dry, with little excitement throughout the life of the project. However, when freelance web developers are part of exciting teams that are pushing the envelope for testing new Apps, fixing bugs for well-known companies like Uber and Lyft, and are becoming noticed in the web developer “scene” for their new portfolio updates of working with an exciting organization in San Francisco—these experiences can be career-changing. They can also help a contractor who is enjoying the quality of life in a new city. If a contractor is hired in one city, and is noticed in their portfolio for the work they have done for company X, they might have an easier time finding another remote position in the same city, for a similar company that is having the same issues and needs to hire a developer.

There are many blogs on the remote freelance web developer who travels often and is constantly going to new and beautiful places, but just as rewarding as traveling can be, being part of an exciting project also matches, or perhaps tops this reward.  

It also places web development as a totally new industry, in at least the past five to ten years, where the possibility of living a sustainable lifestyle and having sustainable income when many doubt they can make a living off of it.

When contractors who work on exciting projects leave that role and have to move onto the next, they always take that bit of wisdom and lesson learned the hard way and become a better professional for their next contract. Their portfolio also increases in value for that next role. This presents opportunities for the lucky client who gets to hire on such an individual, but also opportunity costs, in terms of innovation, for the client who didn’t hire this individual on a full-time basis, or simply wasn’t able to given budgetary concerns.  

Cheaper Living Costs

Still, the nature of freelancers, say, in the web development scene, is really like an ecosystem of developers bidding for contract work. A good contract, while perhaps not easy to save on while living in a costly U.S. city such as New York or Los Angeles, can go much further in smaller cities or even abroad in Southeast Asian hotspots like Indonesia or Thailand. Web developers who sign onto a year or perhaps two-year contract, although having to take the risk of potentially getting sick in another country, can live very comfortably abroad, making the contract really work for their budget and savings account.

A Satisfied Client

Finally, it goes without saying that a satisfied client with a new, impressive interface, and perhaps a very successful company to come, is another aspect of the importance of hiring a good web developer. Great companies, and even Apps like Uber, and Lyft, and the once-popular Temple Run, all hired freelance web developers to get their product and/or service up and running. 

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Michael Robbins
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Michael is a writer that helps organizations align their mission and values to a wide audience.

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RecruitersJune 18, 2020
The Contractor Lifestyle: Web Developers
Contracts for remote developers offer a lot—the ability to jump onto exciting projects, the ability for a career refresher, and the ability to work abroad or fit an alternative lifestyle. They also work the client who is looking for the best developer they can find.

As remote freelancers become more normative in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, some things are remaining constant—such as clients looking for skilled freelance web developers on a contract basis.

A friend who lives in San Francisco and works in Fintech recruiting (financial technology), but has also dabbled in hiring iOS developers and bug fixers for clients says that, “…fatigue on long contracts might set in when the contractor feels as though communication with their higher-ups is lacking, or feels as though the amount of work initially agreed upon has become daunting.”

He also mentioned that contractors looking for a quick paycheck, but not a total investment in the organization is possible, and their LinkedIn profiles or resumes might reflect someone who is a stand-out candidate but gets fatigued easily once they signed their W2 forms. He advises that a major benefit of hiring a freelancer is that their portfolio is their incentive to doing good work. In other words, having another project to put on their portfolio with KPIs reached only makes their freelancer lifestyle more competitive for their next client bidding.

Scaling up

Hiring a freelancer is also majorly beneficial when it comes to e-commerce sites that need constant improvements as they grow exponentially. Consumer-driven businesses, in general, will need constant improvements, and hiring a good web developer, whether its back or front end, will ensure that as revenue grows from sales, there is peace in knowing that gaps in the website or potential bugs will be fixable and not detract from the goal of the business—making profits.  

One issue that does come up frequently in terms of the hiring and contractual process with freelance web developers is when something crashes, or there is a serious need for a web developer after their contract expires. This might create ambiguity on both the client and developer side of things as to whether the intended project was actually finite or not.

Getting onto an exciting team

Some contracts may be cut and dry, with little excitement throughout the life of the project. However, when freelance web developers are part of exciting teams that are pushing the envelope for testing new Apps, fixing bugs for well-known companies like Uber and Lyft, and are becoming noticed in the web developer “scene” for their new portfolio updates of working with an exciting organization in San Francisco—these experiences can be career-changing. They can also help a contractor who is enjoying the quality of life in a new city. If a contractor is hired in one city, and is noticed in their portfolio for the work they have done for company X, they might have an easier time finding another remote position in the same city, for a similar company that is having the same issues and needs to hire a developer.

There are many blogs on the remote freelance web developer who travels often and is constantly going to new and beautiful places, but just as rewarding as traveling can be, being part of an exciting project also matches, or perhaps tops this reward.  

It also places web development as a totally new industry, in at least the past five to ten years, where the possibility of living a sustainable lifestyle and having sustainable income when many doubt they can make a living off of it.

When contractors who work on exciting projects leave that role and have to move onto the next, they always take that bit of wisdom and lesson learned the hard way and become a better professional for their next contract. Their portfolio also increases in value for that next role. This presents opportunities for the lucky client who gets to hire on such an individual, but also opportunity costs, in terms of innovation, for the client who didn’t hire this individual on a full-time basis, or simply wasn’t able to given budgetary concerns.  

Cheaper Living Costs

Still, the nature of freelancers, say, in the web development scene, is really like an ecosystem of developers bidding for contract work. A good contract, while perhaps not easy to save on while living in a costly U.S. city such as New York or Los Angeles, can go much further in smaller cities or even abroad in Southeast Asian hotspots like Indonesia or Thailand. Web developers who sign onto a year or perhaps two-year contract, although having to take the risk of potentially getting sick in another country, can live very comfortably abroad, making the contract really work for their budget and savings account.

A Satisfied Client

Finally, it goes without saying that a satisfied client with a new, impressive interface, and perhaps a very successful company to come, is another aspect of the importance of hiring a good web developer. Great companies, and even Apps like Uber, and Lyft, and the once-popular Temple Run, all hired freelance web developers to get their product and/or service up and running. 

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Michael Robbins -Writer
Michael is a writer that helps organizations align their mission and values to a wide audience.

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