How to become a self-taught web developer in 2019 part 2

Like anybody you have gave yourself to be good as at a skill or professional now you want to be rewarded now you ask me how do i make money as a web developer in Africa , Nigeria or anywhere in the world.

I told you the benefit of being a web developer but you are not going to enjoy these benefit unless you are hired, but no one is go to hire anybody without any experience and you cannot get experience without anyone hiring you, so now you are struck in the proverbial chicken and egg situation and you are starting to get frustrated so this is how you actually start making money as a web developer.

Here are some strategies for getting paid:

1. Set up a portfolio as soon as possible

In this case, your website will be your portfolio. Here’s your chance to show off your expanding web development skills.

Creative Bloq offers these tips for setting up a killer website portfolio:

  • Make sure your site is original. Don’t copy anyone else’s.
  • Ensure there is space on the homepage telling people how to get hold of you. Include a variety of ways of contacting you.
  • Include something personal. You should probably have a headshot photograph as well.
  • For Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), include fresh, original content. Your Google ranking will be higher as well. You may want to think about starting a blog.
  • Include any examples of work you have done. Your website is essentially your portfolio for earning money from a web development career.
  • Think about the kind of niche or industry you want to service. Ensure your language is appropriate for these industries – e.g. language usage can be funkier for creative-type industries, and more formal for banks or financial services.

The Hard Refresh states that a portfolio is an opportunity to include the following:

  • Who you are
  • What kind of work you do
  • How you carry out your work
  • Who you want to work with
  • Where you want to go next

4. Show, don’t tell

Sign up for GitHub, where you can host and review code, manage projects, and build software alongside millions of other developers. Add your existing code to share with prospective employers or start new projects to keep yourself relevant. GitHub accounts are free, and it’s the best place to swap ideas and code with other programmers online. You can also blog or guest blog on GitHub. Just think – guest content writer can be another achievement added to your portfolio!

To earn money from web development, you need to convince people that you are a credible developer who will get the work done. GitHub gives you another opportunity, besides your portfolio, to show what you can do.

1. Don’t work for free

Of course you’re keen to get some work under your belt and perhaps you’ve been offered exposure or a byline. Don’t do it! There are a number of problems when it comes to working for free. For example, you may not get honest feedback when it comes to your work. People are likely to feel bad about criticising work they received as a favour. But worse, freebies are not always valued.

Says multi-million dollar business owner Ramit Sethi on Business Insider, who is also the author of the book, Your Move: The Underdog’s Guide to Building Your Business, ‘Understand that people value what they pay for. You’re not doing them a disservice by charging them.’

3. Networking

Ever seen the movie Six Degrees of Separation? Basically, you want to mine your contacts – and then your contacts’ contacts. Grab coffees, connect on LinkedIn and set up meetings. Start with family and friends, but then expand outwards, like the ripples created by a stone thrown into a still pond. Something is likely to develop, whether it’s a new business contact or even a job interview.

The thing is, people like doing business with people they know or have heard about. Use this to your advantage. Have a business card ready and don’t be afraid of the soft sales talk.

You can start handing out business cards as soon as you start studying. Remember, networking takes some time to gain traction.

5. Submit your CV

Try to submit your resume for any web developer job you see online don’t feel inferior just because you don’t have a degree you are even at more of an advantage because since you have spent more time building your portfolio you have way more experience than those who went to school and have a degree because the spent more of there time studying to pass exams than actually learn the skills required for this professional.

6. Freelance

There are lot of job for web developer.

Just imagine as of june 2018 55.1% of the world population use the internet,

And 26.7% of the population in Africa uses the internet, so the opportunity for web developer are very large and in Nigeria for example the number of web developer are very small, so making money as a web developer is relatively easy if you’re good at what you do.

Places you can find as web developer are:

  • fiverr.com
  • upwork.com
  • Most importantly hustle clients from your social circle and social media accounts.

The bottom line is that you can start earning money from web development almost immediately. You don’t need to wait until you have finished studying. Employ these strategies right from the beginning and you’ll be gratified by how quickly your bank balance grows.

If you need me to make a course on any of the languages to learn or want a step by step method on getting paid as web developer please leave a comment, and bye for now.

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