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How to Get Freelance Software Development Jobs

Use these tips to set yourself apart from the competition and get a job as a freelance software developer.
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Freelance software development jobs are competitive, requiring you to use different approaches to find and apply for them. You're competing in a global market, where some software developers are willing and able to accept a much lower pay for work than you. Don't feel discouraged, but know the realty of the situation so that you can choose the right job search strategies.

Freelance Jobs Websites

The easiest way to find software development jobs is to search freelance jobs websites. Most of the major job boards include a category for software development that you should bookmark and check every day. Some websites that list software development jobs include:

  • Softdevjobs (
  • IFreelance (
  • GoFreelance (
  • Flexjobs (
  • Indeed (
  • Freelance BBS (

Apply for the jobs the same way you would a traditional job, putting your best foot forward. Your resume should be free of spelling and grammatical errors, and so should your cover letter. You'll also be more competitive if you can include a link to your online portfolio for employers to view. Don't procrastinate with submitting an application when you find jobs, because your competitors may get jobs for being among the first qualified job candidates to apply.

Bidding Sites

Approach bidding sites with caution. A bidding site is where an employer lists projects for the members of the community to submit a proposal. The proposal is a description on why you're the best candidate for the job, how long it will take you to complete it, and how much you want to get paid for it. You might also include milestones in the projects, and deadlines for those as well. Here are some bidding sites to check for jobs:

  • Guru (
  • Elance (
  • Programmingbids (
  • Rent A Coder (

Bidding on projects is a strategy that you can use to find freelance software development jobs, but you should be aware of the dangers. The primary one is that the pay is lower than what you would get from a freelance job. Members often underbid one another, and other developers may bid extremely low because their cost of living is many times lower than yours. It also takes a lot of time to find bids, and write, review and submit proposals. You have to submit many proposals to get hired for one, and you don't make money on proposals. That time could be better spent on contacting companies and making a pitch to them about hiring you as a freelancer.

Contact Large Corporations

Make and establish contacts at large corporations, and ask for work. It's easier said than done, but there are ways to accomplish this:

  • Use social media to engage in conversations with those who outsource work
  • Attend a local seminar or lecture put on by the corporation and network with employers
  • Send a letter of introduction and a business card and ask for a telephone meeting

Don't expect them to give you work the first time you ask, but you'll be top of mind if you stay in contact, when there's a need for your skills.

Use all of these approaches to finding freelance software development jobs, but make applying for freelance jobs your highest priority.

Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business. You can learn more about her here.

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