Learning to code has been the hottest career trend of 2016. Coding bootcamps and vocational schools are popping up all around the country at an unprecedented rate. One of the most attractive things about learning to code is that it offers quick monetary rewards. Within a few months, you can learn to code well enough to land a well-paying job, or start your own freelance coding business. For many people, that’s enough of a reason to sign up for a coding bootcamp or vocational school ASAP. However, for some people, the few months between starting to learn to code and actually making money still represents a significant obstacle. But what if you could actually make money while learning to code? What would stop you then? Earning money by learning to code. It’s hard to imagine a better deal than that.
Make Money While Learning to Code
Here at FVI, we believe that the best way to learn a new skill is to practice, practice, practice. Coding is a perfect example of this. Watching someone teaching you to code is helpful, but you’ll never develop the real skill for yourself if you don’t practice it with your own hands. In our classes here at FVI, we work with lots of hands-on examples, but there is really no substitute for real-world experience working with clients.
What better way to take your coding skills to the next level than by taking on real, actual coding jobs? Obviously you’re not going to want to jump right in to some kind of high-level, full-time position at a large corporation. What you can do, on the other hand, is to take on small freelance jobs, through websites like upwork.com, freelancer.com, and guru.com.
How to Make Money While Learning to Code by Practicing With Small Jobs on Freelance Sites
After you learn the basics of HTML, CSS, and WordPress, you can start taking on small ($10-$50) web development tasks that people are requesting through freelancer websites like the ones listed above. Yes, there is a lot of competition from other freelancers on those websites, but you’ll have a couple of major advantages.
- You’re there to learn, not to make as much money as possible as quickly as possible. This will allow you to take more time in choosing jobs that are easy enough for you to feel confident about. It will also allow you to make very low bids for your first few jobs, making you competitive even with coders from lower-cost-of-living countries like India and Romania. Lastly, you’ll be able to take your time with each job, so that you can Google things, ask questions on StackOverflow (and in class), and make sure you get the job done right.
- You’re in the United States and you speak English (and/or Spanish). If you’re bidding on jobs on a freelance coder site, and you’re writing your bids in native, professional English/Spanish, you’ve got a leg up. If you’re actually able to call your clients on the phone, and you live in the same time-zone, you’re golden.
Benefits of Monetizing Your Coding Practice
There are so many benefits that come from monetizing your coding practice through freelance websites, it’s shocking that more people don’t even try to do so. Here are just a few of the ways your learning process benefits when you make money while learning to code:
- The experience you gain by completing your first few freelance jobs will give you the confidence to take on more and more complex jobs as you move forward. This progression will not only make you more and more money over time, but it will also greatly accelerate your learning process.
- If you’re honest about your learning process in your profile and your bids, and you take the time to do a good job for each client, you’ll actually build up positive ratings and reviews over time, which will help you get even better (higher paying) jobs as you go along.
- Seeing real actual money coming in from your coding practice will give you some extremely powerful motivation to continue your learning progress.
Take Your Time
Disclaimer: this method won’t work if you’re trying to learn through an intensive coding bootcamp. On an accelerated learning schedule, you won’t have time to even try to monetize your work as you’re learning. You’ll need to be able to take your time in the learning process (which scientists actually say is better for retention, since it takes time for your brain to rewire itself, and to build upon the concepts that you’re learning).
With our 9-month evenings-only class schedule, you’ll have lots of time during the day to actually work on projects that monetize your coding practice. If you aren’t already working a full-time job, we’re recommend trying it out during your free time. Every project you work on will make you a better coder, and you’ll get even more out of your time here at FVI.
You can find many more great tips for monetizing your coding practice in this eBook: How to Earn $10,000 While Learning To Code
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