First Year As A Freelance Front-End Developer in Manchester

Recap of my first full time year as a freelancer πŸ₯³πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ’».


Image Large Studio 2018
Image Large Studio 2019, now with a laptop stand, grey wall and a selection of plants

I've been carrying out freelance work on and off for several years, but always alongside full time employment.

2018 was my first year as a full time freelancer. Thanks so much to everyone who helped me along the way and your support!

This post is more of a 'recap' list that I can refer back to over time. If there's anything you'd like me to expand on, let me know. Throughout the year I wrote posts at various milestones, if you'd like to read those, here they are:

First week

First month

First six months


Workshops, working with various agencies, gaining new clients and friends, writing articles, supporting the community with UpFrontConf, McrFRED and the Manchester Tech Slack Group.

Launched my 🎬 first screencast series and achieved a bunch of personal goals.



Case Studies

Read the full Case Studies here


Community Work

Organised and ran UpFrontConf, along side fellow co-founders Dan Donald, Jack Sheppard and the McrDig team.


Continued to run McrFRED. Special thanks to the speakers and to everyone that came along. Let me know what topics you'd like to see this year!

Shout out to Alex Clapperton for doing a tremendous job at helping me out this year. Cheers Alex!


One of my personal favourite highlights, was creating my first πŸŽ₯ online screencast series.

Development Environment Machine Setup

🎬 Find out more here 🎬


Mega thanks, to everyone that has already downloaded it, sent me kind comments, and donated money so I can get some better equipment this year and keep it going.


Other Thoughts

Email Productivity

Filtering and organising emails was one of the quickest and most noticeable improvement on my productivity this year. I wrote more about this in my first month post. If you haven't done this yet, I'd recommend giving it a go!

Personal and Work Goals

🎹 Learned to play 'Misty' on the piano.

β˜•οΈ Enjoyed nice coffee, thanks Pact Coffee!.

πŸ‹πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Switched going to the gym for working out at home.

πŸš— Less commuting / time stuck in traffic driving.

πŸšΆπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Walking: Ambleside, Marple, Scotland, Wales.

πŸ“· Moved all my photos off Flickr πŸ‘‹πŸ».

😎 Added a 'dark mode' to my site.

πŸ‘Ύ Gaming: Halo, Forza 4.

πŸ’†πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Added slides regarding Mental Health to all workshops I gave and received positive feedback every time.

πŸ’¨ Getting rid of material items.

🍻 Less alcohol.

πŸ₯• Lots more Vegetarian / Vegan food.

πŸ’†πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Meditation course / Headspace.

πŸ‘«πŸ‘­ Had a top day out with Harry Roberts and met Bryan James, the awesome person who created this:

πŸƒπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Marple 10k - 08/09/2018.

β›° #y3p - 19/05/2018.

🌳 Bonsai Trees.

πŸ’Έ Got my first payment, thanks @smashingmag.


🍏 It seems Apple got my message, thank you!

πŸ¦‰ Most Popular Tweet - 34.4K impressions

🎢 My Spotify 2018. Minutes Listened: 42,046, Top Artist: Mogwai.


That's a wrap, here's to 2019. It's going to be a big one! πŸ‘ΆπŸ»

If there's anything I can help you with. Please, get in touch.

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