A review of Freemote as a web development bootcamp

Hi, I’m Brian, a former senior software engineer and now software engineering mentor at Pathrise. I have worked with hundreds of software engineers and web developers to help them land their dream job. Check out my review of Freemote.

What does Freemote do?

Freemote is a new bootcamp that helps people learn the skills necessary to launch a web development career, especially as a freelance e-commerce developer. The program is completely remote and self-paced, boasting an 85% placement rate.   The flagship course includes 250+ lessons, 30+ hours of recorded videos, checklists, templates, and cheatsheets. Students also get access to a Facebook community for support, plus a masterclass on freelancing. While the program is self-guided, students get video code reviews with video feedback on all projects. The course is self-paced, so students decide when to start and finish. However, most students can finish in about 7 weeks working 20+ hours per week. Grads retain lifetime access to the material.

The curriculum teaches students the web development skills they need to succeed as e-commerce developers. The first week of the course covers HTML, CSS, and other front-end web development fundamentals. Next, students learn about the Shopify platform for e-commerce and how to develop for Shopify as a freelancer. Week 5 and 6 cover JavaScript as students master back-end development. The final week of the course covers advanced Shopify development skills students can use to launch their freelancing careers. While the course features a masterclass on freelancing skills and a supportive community, no formal job support is included.

Who are Freemote for?

People with no experience in web development but who are looking to move into this career path could benefit from Freemote. The self-paced program is especially helpful for busy professionals seeking a flexible program that they can review whenever they like. People who want to become e-commerce developers, especially those interested in freelancing, may also be a good fit.

What do Freemote cost? How much work is involved?

The flagship bootcamp costs $1,649. Students can also choose to make 4 monthly payments of $497. Unlike many other tech bootcamps, Freemote does not have any formal admissions process. The program is absolutely open to anyone of any skill level.

Ratings and reviews

Although Freemote is still a relatively new bootcamp, so far the reception has been positive. The program holds a perfect 5 star rating on Course Report, where grads praised the practical curriculum and flexible pace. One student described the program as a “freelancing course and nothing less, without the fluff.” The student felt the course was a good fit for beginners, raving “it is almost uncanny how well the instructors can intuit what will be perceived as challenging to inexperienced programmers.” Although another student warned that the program could be “challenging”, they were impressed by the affordable price, helpful community, and well-designed curriculum. One grad agreed that “the curriculum is streamlined yet thorough.” He also appreciated the “knowledgeable and articulate” instructors who he found to be supportive as his cohort completed quizzes and projects. The low tuition was also a big hit with most grads.

The program holds a perfect 5 star rating on Swithup based on just 1 review. The grad described his instructors as “top-of-the-line” with experience working for top companies like Uber. He was also impressed with the cohort’s outcomes, commenting “the community is super inspiring as you see other people landing freelance jobs.” Recently, grads have posted positive reviews on Reddit, where the new program has stirred up a buzz. One student commented, “what I like about this bootcamp is how practical it is.” The student warned “This bootcamp does NOT teach you to be a full stack developer,” but instead focuses on “a more niche type of development”, giving grads the tools they need to launch a career and learn as they go.

In addition to positive testimonials on Youtube, Freemote has been praised on blogs like the High Income Source and The Affiliate Doctor. Overall, most grads seem satisfied with the practical curriculum that prepares students to become freelancers. However, the course could be challenging at times, and does not cover full stack development or the job search in its entirety.

Alternatives to Freemote

If you decide not to enroll in Freemote, there are a number of other bootcamps and courses that can help aspiring web developers learn the skills needed to launch their careers.

  • Another self-paced coding bootcamp with a web development track, CodeX Academy includes career assistance and 1-on-1 mentorship opportunities. Learn more about CodeX Academy in our review.
  • Students seeking a self-paced program can also check out Springboard. This online educational resource helps people launch a career in a wide variety of tech fields, including software development. Students in their career tracks build over 14 portfolio projects with weekly mentorship meetings. If graduates don’t land a tech job within 6 months, they get a full refund. Read more about Springboard in our review.
  • The remote tech bootcamp Thinkful offers courses in web development, with a largely self-paced curriculum full of hands-on projects.
  • People who want to launch a freelance software career without learning to code can also check out Bubble no-code bootcamps. Their program teaches people to make products without coding. Learn more about how to use Bubble as a freelancer in our review.
  • Aspiring designers and web developers and designers can check out Bloc, which offers self-paced courses in those topics.
  • The popular bootcamp General Assembly teaches full-time, part-time, and 1-day courses on a variety of topics including web development. Their program features a hands-on curriculum, 19,000+ hiring partners, and a 91.4% job placement. Read more about General Assembly in our review.
  • Similarly, BrainStation offers courses in full-stack web development and many other tech topics. Their program features project-based learning, 1-on-1 support, and hiring partners including Facebook, Google, and more.
  • The full-time software program Flatiron School features a hands-on curriculum, career coaching, and a job placement rate above 86%. Students can learn online or in-person, with both full-time and part-time options available.
  • Another intensive full-time tech bootcamp, Kenzie Academy teaches in-person and online courses in 2 tracks full-stack software engineering & UX design and front-end engineering. They offer an income share agreement (ISA) so students don’t pay until they land a tech job with a salary of at least $40,000. Read more about Kenzie Academy in our review.
  • The well-known bootcamp Lambda School offers a 9-month program where students can learn the fundamentals of web dev and data science while deferring payment through an ISA.
  • Similarly, Holberton School and Byte Academy are tech bootcamps with courses in web dev, software engineering, and data science that offer ISA options.
  • Codecademy is one of the most popular coding programs online. They offer free courses on many different programming languages, with membership options ranging from $20 to $40. Learn more about Codecademy in our review.
  • People who want an affordable self-paced course with mentoring can look into Udacity. They offer free intro courses, as well as paid “nanodegree” programs for a more intense experience with greater support. Nanodegree students meet 1-on-1 with both a technical mentor and a career coach as they build projects. Read more about Udacity in our review.
  • Students seeking university courses can check out edX. Their massive online learning platform hosts courses from top universities like Harvard and MIT as well as big tech companies like Microsoft. Learn more about edX in our review.

How does Freemote compare to Pathrise?

Freemote is a new bootcamp for people interested in learning the web development skills needed to launch a freelancing career. While an interest in web development is suggested, most Freemote students join the program with no web dev experience. Pathrise job-seekers should already have some background in their chosen field to prepare for the technical curriculum.

While Freemote teaches students key skills they need to succeed as freelancers, no formal job support is included. As a full service organization, Pathrise assists with all phases of the job search including portfolio and resume optimization, cold emailing and reverse recruiting, technical and behavioral interviewing, and salary negotiation. All Pathrise sessions are recorded for fellows in our program to review afterward.

Our program is flexible, with both group sessions and 1-on-1 mentoring meetings tailored to our program fellow’s schedules and needs. Pathrise offers an income share agreement (ISA) so fellows pay nothing until they land a tech job.

Pathrise is a career accelerator that optimizes the job search through 1-on-1 mentoring. If you want to work with our mentors to ace your interviews and land a great tech job faster, join Pathrise.

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Brian Wong

Brian Wong is an experienced senior software engineer and has worked at top bay area startups and organizations. In his free time, Brian works with Pathrise SWE fellows to help them land their dream job and learn insider tips on how to ace technical interviews.

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