Freelance (front-end) web developers: How do you spend most of your (productive, creative) time? (Excluding hunting for work and dealing with clients!)

Freelance (front-end) web developers: How do you spend most of your (productive, creative) time? (Excluding hunting for work and dealing with clients!)
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Hey all!

How do those of you with regular, actual, paying freelance web-dev jobs spend most of your productive, creative time?

Or, what does your average assignment involve?

Productive and creative means not browsing /r/programmerhumor, playing with the new version of Firefox (although I hear it’s good), or going down a YouTube rabbit hole about space and Genghis Khan after starting with a simple video on JS arrays. And not about finding work, or negotiating with clients, or working out what the client actually wants. I mean the work that converts a specification into an end product (and hopefully a payday) - coding, primarily.

  • HTML/CSS from scratch
  • JavaScript website interactivity (“simple” code)
  • JavaScript webapps (“complex” code)
  • Digital design (Photoshop, SVGs, …)
  • WordPress theme development
  • WordPress installation and configuration
  • Registering domain names and hosting packages i.e. getting something on the web
  • Backend architecture and development (complex APIs)
  • SEO…

Right now I’m deciding whether to learn the more complex parts of JavaScript and ES6 (closures are fun!..), or instead focus on WP themes/PHP and digital design, or backend (e.g. node.js). I’m sure I’m not the only one in this boat :slight_smile:

(For those observant ones, yes I did post this on the FB group yesterday - although I’m curious to see how the responses here differ. Call it A-B testing :stuck_out_tongue:)