What do you mean by “high traffic” and what do you mean by “web app”? Give me some examples.
Modern computers are really fast. If you have something you can cache, then ability to have millions of connections a second is no big thing. If it’s something that isn’t cached, then just throwing more computation at it normally works fine. There are a million and one things that can be tuned and tweaked on a “slow” web application before you even think about changing the language the codebase is written in.
Perceived speed of web applications depends far more on things like network speed. So you use servers physically close to the user. You use load balancers. If it’s using a dB, you fix slow queries. You cache pages. You serve static assets from a CDN. Etc etc. If it’s still slow, and that’s definitely the framework, you just use more servers or more CPUs. You try to do more stuff concurrently if possible. Node doesn’t magically make anything faster. The way it works is useful, performance-wise, for a very small category of applications. It’s useful development-wise for a larger set of applications, because it’s in some respects easier and quicker to build those applications using Node than some other languages. So something like a chat app, for example, possibly benefits from using Node, but there are other technologies that also work just as well.
Are you a beginner? Because if so, this is almost 100% likely to be a non-issue. And regarding working freelance: most small clients aren’t Amazon, aren’t Google, it’s just not that important. There are areas where speed is very important (financial trading, for example, or online gambling), but if that is a massive issue, then they tend to hire people to build very fast custom parts of their products and applications, and that’s not going to be Node, it’s going to be C or Rust or Assembly or whatever. They don’t normally rewrite their entire system, because unless it’s very small that’s pointless, they just take one small part, like say payment processing, and get someone to write a program or programs that deal solely with that.
Edit: I’ve derailed this slightly, but I want to know what you think speed means – it’s really common for people to want to work with the “fastest” language or web framework or whatever and I understand why, sort of, but it’s not exactly super logical from a general “building some webapps”