A Peek into a Week in the Diary of a Freelance Web Developer
Are you considering engaging a web developer to build your new website?
Have you ever wanted a peek into the diary of a freelance web developer to see what it is he does all day?
There’s a lot more to the job of a web developer than you might think.
So, to lift the mystery here is a template I use for my weekly diary:
- I start my week by making a plan for the whole week. This usually includes any networking events or workshops I want to attend that week. I also have a meeting with the rest of the team to catch up on ongoing projects and plan for new projects. It is essential that we are all aware of what is going on and that our work is in sync.
- Security is one of my top priorities, and therefore, website security checks for my monthly support package clients are next on my list. I check that all plug-ins, themes and security settings are up to date.
- I communicate with my clients through every stage of the project. So, client catch-ups happen every Monday and Thursday. I reply to any outstanding queries from the weekend or give the client a quick projection of the project state at the end of the week. I do this by e-mail or via slack.
- Following the catch-ups, I make any amendments to my weekly plan if required.
- The rest of the available time on that day I spend with “typing weird formulas that miraculously create my clients’ website”.
- I finish every day with an hour or two of R&D work. You can never learn enough in this fast-moving industry. I want to be at the top of my game all the time to deliver state-of-the-art products to my clients.
- I start my day with website maintenance for my monthly support package clients. This includes WordPress, software and content updates. Alongside the website security checks, regular updates are the key to keeping my clients’ websites safe from hackers and malicious spambots.
- The rest of the day is again spent on client work and finishes with my R&D sessions.
- Wednesday is the start of my mid-week power phase: I focus on getting design and coding work finished. Catch up with my team to sync progress and discuss any issues that need resolving.
- And, of course, I finish the day with some R&D.
- On Thursdays, I start by answering any queries and updating my clients on their projects and catch up with my team in the process.
- Next, I continue with mostly uninterrupted client work.
- How do I finish my day? R&D, naturally.
- On Friday mornings, I review and log my expenses and check if there are any outstanding client invoices.
- Then, I go into my end-of-week power phase: I complete projects that are at the final stage, test the staging sites and do any snagging before the site is going live. This doesn’t happen just on Fridays of course, but at any day when a project nears completion.
- I go to the pub.
- Everybody needs a day off – right? This is mine (unless I have to complete urgent deadlines).
- I usually spend a couple of hours on Sunday morning with reviewing the previous week and make notes for my plan on Monday.
- I do some networking events research to see which ones I will attend in the following week.
And, that is my typical week. Mystery solved!
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