Becoming a freelance Web Developer: fifteen-month skills review

I’m now over a year into my web dev skills review and upgrade process. In the last three months I’ve mostly been working for customers using my HTML, CSS, Javascript, SQL and WordPress skills.  Even so, I’ve taken time to change over from Atom to VS Code (because it’s faster) and revise some of my Linux Admin skills.

Skills that have improved since my last skills review are marked with an up arrow ↑. Scores are out of 5 with 1 being little knowledge, 2 being basic understanding, 3 being good general knowledge, 4 being solid professional level knowledge, and a score of 5 being subject expert knowledge.

  • HTML – 4
  • CSS – 4
  • CSS Flexbox and Grid layout – 3
  • Javascript – 4 ↑
  • Bootstrap – 4
  • jQuery – 4
  • Web technologies – 4
  • Linux – 3 ↑
  • UNIX – 4
  • Graphics tools (Inkscape & Pixlr) – 3
  • WordPress – 4 ↑
  • Site builder tools – 4
  • Algorithms & programming logic – 4
  • Programming – 4
  • Scripting – 3
  • Responsive design – 4
  • Working with APIs – 3
  • Solution research and bug fixing – 4
  • Testing/debugging – 4
  • Google Chrome developer tools – 4
  • Google analytics – 3 ↑
  • SEO – 3 ↑
  • UX/UI – 3
  • Web Design – 3
  • Oracle VirtualBox – 3
  • Low code app development – 3
  • Networking – 3
  • Software evaluation – 4
  • Git/GitHub – 3
  • C/C++ – 2
  • Python – 2
  • Ruby – 3
  • JAVA – 2
  • PHP – 2
  • phpMyAdmin – 3 ↑
  • SQL – 3 ↑
  • SASS – 4
  • VS Code editor – 3 ↑
  • ATOM editor – 3
  • Wireframing – 3
  • REST/JSON/AJAX – 3
  • Databases – 3 ↑
  • Audio file manipulation (Audacity) – 3
  • Desktop publishing (Scribus) – 3
  • Team working – 4
  • Agile working – 2
  • Reporting – 4
  • Copywriting – 4
  • Technical writing – 4
  • Board level and committee working – 4
  • Working as a full-time employee – 4
  • Contracting – 4
  • Freelancing – 4
  • Risk management – 4

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