So, you decided you want to freelance as a web developer. Maybe as your main thing or even just a side gig. And, what you might be finding is the languages and frameworks you were told to learn to get hired at a company (Node.js, Python, etc)…
Don’t seem to have near as many freelance projects as you might’ve thought.
We’re using two of the largest (volume-wise) freelancing platforms, Upwork and Freelancer.com, to figure this out. All these numbers are as of this writing. Feel free to check them on your own to verify and see if it’s changed.
This is an unfiltered search. Compare that to PHP which returns 6,039 projects:
For PHP, it’s 3,719 jobs:
Compare that to a language like Python, which is “all the rage” in the tech company and start-up space… it returns about half as many unfiltered projects, 3,052:
And, 1,915 projects if we filter for Python jobs with a budget over $1k:
- PHP Jobs: 461
- Python: 290
- Node.js: 54
Of course, the granddaddy of them all is not a language, it’s WordPress
10,330 Freelance WordPress Jobs on Upwork
That’s right. A piece of software will get you more steady freelance work than the languages used to write it. That’s why I always tell freelance developers… love it, hate it, it doesn’t really matter. If you want to get work, learn WordPress.
And no. It’s not a bunch of “cheapskate” jobs. There’s 6,194 WordPress jobs on Upwork with a budget over $1k:
What About Other Languages?
Here’s the numbers on Upwork for some other languages and frameworks:
- React.js: 2,776
- jQuery: 1,795
- Golang: 124
- C++: 770
- Ruby: 649
- Java: 2,640
- C#: 1,317
- Swift: 1,203
- Kotlin: 415
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