While you may love your regular full time day job, you might be feeling trapped, or as if something is holding you back. Somewhere in the back of your head you’re thinking that you are meant for something more exciting and satisfying.
The truth of the matter is that you can have a more rewarding life if you work for yourself. You can control your own future. Decide when and where to work. Pick the projects you want to work on. And if you’re a programmer, or just like coding as a hobby, you can make money online coding, and work toward a more fulfilling lifestyle.
Start by Freelancing
There are quite a few sites you can check into online:
There are many more. Just do a search on Google.
On Freelancer.com you can search for opportunities that focus on what you know you can do well. You do a search for what you’re interested on working on, then apply for it. The pay rates vary depending on size and complexity of the job, among other factors.
As you complete jobs and get good feedback (positive testimonials) you’ll build a solid online reputation, which can lead to more, and better opportunities coming to you.
Freelancing affords you a flexible work schedule. You can work the hours you’re most comfortable, day or night. After you become well known as a go to coder, your income can rise dramatically. You get to do work that interests you. When you develop good relationships with clients, that can lead to additional work.
Build Your Own Website
Another option is to build your own website. Doing so would be a way to showcase your skills and abilities to prospective clients. You can use the website to brand yourself. Write a weekly blog discussing programming issues, and offer quantifiable solutions. Or tell stories of things you’ve encountered in the world of coding and what you did to overcome the obstacles.
Relating personal experiences will help you develop a connection with potential clients, and make you seem “approachable”. You’ll be developing a sense of trust, which is something you can’t buy.
You can create a document where you provide some coding tips, or how-to perform a particular task. Then offer it free to those who join your mailing list. This is another way to establish a reputation, build trust, and get contact info of potential clients that you know already have an interest in what you’re doing.
Another advantage of building your own website is that you can sell (advertisements) links or banners on your site. You can get a domain name relatively cheap (Godaddy.com, https://domains.google/, https://www.hostwinds.com/). Then get your domain hosted (bluehost.com, Hostgator.com, fatcow.com). There are many other hosting sites.
Some sites, like bluehost and hostgator, are one stop shops. You can get your domain, and have them host it for you. There are many options out there, so do your research. Look for the deal that works best for you.
Games and Apps
If you’re into gaming, you can create gaming programs. There are a number of platforms you can work on, including Android, Xbox, ios. Who knows, you might create the next blockbuster game!
Do you have an idea for a super useful app that can make people’s lives so much easier in some way? Build an app and sell it to super busy. If it catches on, you’ll be set.
Or you can create a plugin for WordPress. If you’re strong with web programming, a WordPress plugin can be marketed to about 25% of the world’s websites! That’s quite a market. If you are unfamiliar with WordPress, you should change that as soon as possible. Take a look at https://wordpress.org/. After you finish there, you can go to ttps://wploop.com/.
WP Loop provides a treasure trove of how-to articles, themes, plugins and tools – all related to WordPress. There are so many sites online that cover WordPress, and everything associated with it. Just Do a Google search for “everything wordpress” without the quotation marks.
If you have no experience selling online, or you’d like to learn more about how to go about it, go here.
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