Going Freelance

In December of last year, I decided to leave my job of 11 years to concentrate full time on freelance work, and to try and build up a software company of my own – Nighthawk Software.

8 months in, and it’s been a lot more challenging than I thought, but at the same time a lot more rewarding than anticipated.

One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced has been trying to define exactly what it is I do.

I’ve always concentrated on backend web development work – creating the software behind the scenes that powers¬†web applications such as CRMs, email systems, project management suites etc. Personally, I’d call this “Web Development”.

But when people here this, they automatically want you to design them a new website for their small business. While I often work as a full stack developer, and I’m proficient with CSS, HTML and Javascript, I suck at design.

While I’d call this type of work “Web Design”, in order to¬†distinguish the two, the terms seem to be used interchangeably within the industry, particularly amongst clients.

That’s been my biggest challenge so far – explaining what I do to clients, and specifically, what I don’t do.


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