Interesting question, @dhm4me, and I wonder if the biggest challenge isn’t the “simple” act of navigating the minefield that both sides of the Bubble landscape (freelancers and the folks who hire them) have become.
Take, for example, the new project marketplace that was just posted this past week. The site’s owner “forgot” to make it clear that freelancers had to pay a monthly subscription fee in order to submit proposals for projects. Then, someone popped into the forum to say the projects on the site were fake and the site was a complete scam, and the whole thing was punted into oblivion as fast as it had appeared. Fun, eh?
I’ve made this comment before, but I feel bad for anyone who is trying to navigate the Bubble landscape these days for the purpose of finding work or having work done for them. If you are a freelancer, the projects look pretty awful (to me, at least), with the majority of them being scams, completely uninteresting because they have been done to death, or you are taking over someone else’s dumpster fire of a Bubble project and trying to make sense of a convoluted mess of data types, elements, workflows, and conditions that should just be taken out into the middle of nowhere and left for dead.
If you are looking to hire a freelancer, well, may god have mercy on your soul. Everyone is a self-proclaimed Bubble expert these days, and if you post a project, you will be inundated with replies from folks who don’t know a custom state or a backend workflow from a fork or a rake, and you will most certainly be pounced upon by the representatives of the almost half-a-dozen or so platforms who all have the best Bubble developers in the whole wide world ready at a moment’s notice to blink your project into existence!
If you’ll forgive/overlook the rant-like nature of my reply, I do speak from experience here. I have dipped my toe into the Bubble freelance waters a number of times, and I have always removed said toe from said waters, dried the toe off, apologized to it profusely for having dipped it into such foulness, and said never again. I’m sure the experience is different for other freelancers, but I wonder if there is anyone out there who’s got their Bubble freelance freak flag flying full time (ah alliteration) and is truly loving it. Oh, and I’m not talking about coaching, either. Hell, that stuff is fun, and that’s why I do a lot of it via the forum for free. I mean making a living grinding it out as a Bubble freelancer doing project work. I just don’t see how that could be an enjoyable experience these days.
Anyway, this reply isn’t at all what you asked for, but it is certainly the biggest challenge I see… so, well, there you go.