Freelancers are constantly re-assessing their business practices. Every decision that freelancers make—from client acquisition strategies to billing cadence to hourly rate—is a function of our best guess of what the rest of the market looks like. With the stakes so high (we are running our own businesses, after all), we're more apt to settle in to a status quo that may be leaving dollars on the table, rather than experimenting with new solutions that might win us more business. Sound familiar?
We set out to stop that cycle by asking your colleagues the questions you're too polite to ask.
Like, does spending 3+ hours per week on client acquisition really pay off? Or, how much do freelancers actually stand to make on a long-term engagement?
Other annual surveys gave us excellent insight into either freelancer-specific OR developer-specific data, but without a focus group of specifically freelance developers, these reports left our questions unanswered.
So, we surveyed freelance developers across every demographic we could reach to identify trends among highest earners, so freelancers can make data-backed decisions when it comes to growing their practice.
- Team Gun.io
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