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This is more a post aimed at curiosity, but I know people who perform web design and freelance themselves making a living for work. But do people make a living programming but not for a company but freelancing? If so what sort of area's are most popular to specialise in?
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I think web development is probably the most freelance friendly area of programming closely followed by mobile apps for iPhone and then Android. You can get contracts through agencies, social networks or websites dedicated to freelance work and projects.

Another option is to write applications for yourself and then sell them on App Store, Play, Windows Store etc. Some people make great money this way. You can even outsource some of the programming as long as you have a good idea for an app that will sell.
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Originally Posted by poroboszcz View Post

Another option is to write applications for yourself and then sell them on App Store, Play, Windows Store etc. Some people make great money this way. You can even outsource some of the programming as long as you have a good idea for an app that will sell.

It should be pointed out that the vast majority of mobile app developers don't make a profit. app development isn't the golden goose many make it out to be.
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Any decent app will sell, especially the free ones with in-app purchases biggrin.gif

So to go on topic, basically the freelance market for "non-web developers/designers" is that small ? i was interested in this also...
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Any decent app will sell, especially the free ones with in-app purchases biggrin.gif
Not really. There's usually dozens (at least) of any concept already in the app store, some of which will be free. So you're already releasing your product to compete with free apps. Then you have the issue that existing apps have more exposure (word of mouth, etc) and higher download figures which also pushes their ranking up. So you have to search more to find your app compared to popular established ones. Then there's the issue of advertising, games studios (etc) will throw a lot of money behind having their app appear in the Google's recommended slot - which most freelance devs just couldn't afford to do (and that's discounting TV / magazine ads which also happens).

It's very rare for a freelance developer to make any substantial return on mobile apps. And that's even without taking the development time / cost into account. So I really wouldn't recommend mobile app development as a career opportunity. It's an already massively saturated market which you'll have to compete with both the studios who can afford to promote their apps while being undercut by other freelance devs who give their stuff away for free. Thus you're far better off building apps as a hobby and hoping one of them goes viral than depending on it as your income.
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You could call it freelance work but you could make a living off just being a sole consultant within a particular industry if you make a name for yourself.
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