Becoming a freelance Web Developer: twelve-month skills review

I’m now a year into my web dev skills review process. In the last three months I’ve been working for customers and on personal projects to stretch my skills further. While I’ve been working on occasional customer projects over the last year (and indeed many years prior to the start of this process), the last three months have seen a step-change in the range of projects I’ve been dealing with and the technical aspects of being a freelance web developer. 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 – 3 ↑
  • 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
  • SQL – 2
  • SASS – 4 ↑
  • 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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