How to Make Money as a Programmer

If you’re a programmer, to remain relevant you need to keep learning and that requires lots of Internet data which is money 💰.

So, how can I meet up with the requirements when I have the basic skill but no money to pay for data bills, light bills and of course pay for tutorials.

Don’t worry I will get you started in this post and I will show you how to get started.

The process of Code learning is something that takes a very long time to actualize. While plenty of people have a natural flair for it and can build functioning apps or websites within a few weeks, there’s a lot of elbow grease required for others.

No matter how much of programming genius you are, however, everyone starts off earning the same amount of money; zero.

The truth is,  you can’t start off making huge money immediately. Sure, it may not be the $100k+ salary that senior web developers rake in, but it’s a start. And every penny counts! Yes,  it really counts.

I can remember doing my first job as a beginner in programming for $28 (N10k). Then it was super amazing for me,  but $28 every month? That won’t pay my bills.

So, How can I earn more from programming? That became a subject matter for me. In my next post, I will show you how I made $705 in 3 days doing a simple project.

But in this post, I will keep. It simple for beginners and intermediate programmers who want to step their finances.

Here are five ways to earn cash while learning to code.

Make Apps

Most people seriously over-estimate the skill level required to build an app. In fact, these days you don’t actually need any programming skills thanks to certain software. But that’s certainly not the route for budding programmers to go down.

If you’ve been learning Swift or Objective-C in the other way round Java you’ll be able to create basic iOS or Android apps within a few hours.

If you have a useful, marketable idea for an app, you can easily make money by building it yourself for free, launching it on the App Store or Play Store and selling it to the public.

All with just a day’s worth of work. If you think you have a flair for app development and the million-dollar app ideas just keep coming, check out PhoneGap, Appcelerator or Apache Cordova.

These automatic coding apps can help you make apps in minutes rather than hours – but that doesn’t mean you can skip on your coding studies.

Work for Locals

Start-ups and big businesses naturally require professional-level programming. But small local businesses often just need the most basic apps and websites.

Generally speaking, they also don’t have huge budgets to hire web or app developers. In other words, they want a solution that is as simple and cheap as possible.

You are that solution! If you can prove that your skills match their needs (and trust us, in most cases, they will), local business owners will be more than happy to hire you.

Unfortunately, you shouldn’t expect to be rolling in cash – but it’s a great way to land your first job, gain experience with real-life projects rather than just building things for yourself, and you may even get a second or third job out of it.

Ask around your neighbourhood or advertise your services locally and of course, social media handle and see what happens.

Run Tutorials

For every coder out there who knows their stuff, there are probably ten or more brand new coders who want to learn.

Imagine me teaching HTML to over 50 persons then in a live session on campus. Though I didn’t bill them.

But let’s say you bill them $3 (N1,000) each, that’s a whopping $140/month. You can build on it and scale-up.

Where do most of them start learning? Online, using whatever free tutorials they can find. Record your screen while you work on some easy to follow projects, add some comments or a voiceover and hey presto, you’ve got a set of tutorials.

You can as well set up your own website, populate it with those tutorials and some more good quality content, link it up to Google AdSense and your bank account will slowly but surely begin to fill up.

For this, you’ll also need to know about Search Engine Optimisation, content creation, web design and a little bit of marketing. But hey, that’s all part and parcel of being a well-rounded programmer/developer/general tech guru. Believe it or not, it can actually be pretty fun too.

Freelance (Wisely)

The number one way to make money while your code is by doing freelance work on the side. However, this is easier said than done.

Clients expect industry level code and you may find it difficult to source jobs at your skill level that are actually worth the money.

However, if you want to build a career as a freelancer or a consultant, it’s never too early to get in the game.

Set up a profile on sites like Upwork or Freelancer, join relevant Linkedin Groups, and start bidding for jobs.

Be very careful not to mislead potential clients about your level of expertise, and don’t take on too many jobs at once – no matter how tempting the money may be.

Always make sure to ask for feedback and recommendations at the end of every successful job; it’s the only way to grow your profile, your ratings and your client base.

Enter Coding Contests

Yes, coding contests are a thing and they offer cash prizes. The biggest and most popular is Topcoder, with over 1 million members.

There are three competition areas; design, data science and development.

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