Become a Freelancer
Coding is a valuable skill and boasts a huge market even for freelancers. While you are trying to become a proficient coder, you can always offer your programming skills and services online. Nowadays, there are various platforms on the web where you could look for a client as a freelancer. Freelancing comes with a bunch of benefit and especially if you are a learner or a student and cannot devote all the time you have to working.
As a freelancer coder, you’ll not only enjoy flexible work schedules and the freedom of work place that leaves you with ample of time to polish your coding skills and become a more proficient programmer. Once you’ve built your reputation as freelance developer, you should be able to make a decent amount of money. But apart from money, you can also grow your experience as a developer and help you inculcate skills that would prove to be helpful once you start your professional journey as a developer. Hence, make sure you always ask for feedback and recommendation from each of your clients.
Freelancing is an amazing option you can choose to earn money while you are learning to code but it’s also a great way to grow your profile and skill base as a developer.
Teach What You Learn
Learning how to code is a long and extensive process. If you are done with the basics, you accelerate towards the advances and complex topics of the language or tool you are learning. At this stage, you can teach the basics to others around. You can teach either online or offline. If you have the skill of teaching, it is a great way to make some extra money. If you well versed wit the topic you are teaching and very passionate about teaching, you could start offering coaching sessions to beginners or people who are probably less experienced than you.
If you are planning to teach offline then your source of income would be the fees you take from students, however, if you choose the online mode, you can set up your own website, populate it with your tutorials and link it up to Google AdSense. You will slowly start earning money with your online tutorials. Online teaching will surely help you earn money along with polishing your own skills also, make sure you learn about Search Engine Optimisation, web design and also some important and useful marketing tactics.
Start Making Podcast
If you want to share your knowledge with others then the best alternative is to start a podcast. Podcasts are a great way to earn money while sharing your coding skills with everyone and especially if you are a little bit camera shy or if you don’t have the time to write a blog or edit a video.
Podcasts are slowly becoming popular as more and more people are listening to podcasts. The reason behind the popularity of podcasts is that people can listen to them and enjoy while they are working or before going to bed.
Most podcasts are completely free to listen to and hence making money from them is a bit difficult. Nonetheless, there are some platforms like Patreon where you could get paid for your podcast. On this platform, people can support your work by listening to exclusive content and you get a monthly amount.
Podcasts are great way of earning money, however, they are more like an extra opportunity to build your personal brand. If you are learning to code, podcasts are a great way to share the knowledge with others.
Start a Blog
We all know about blogs and how popular they are! As a developer who is learning or even if you have become proficient, you can always start a programming blog. You can start your own blog or become a contributor of a famous blog and keep publishing programming tutorials about what you are learning or just learned. The only key to become a successful blogger is to keep posting your content on a regular basis.
Blogging is a great way to make money as there are many ways to monetize a blog. While you are teaching coding skills online, you can also earn through affiliate links. However, there are some platforms like Medium through which you can earn as more and more readers start following and reading your content. If you’re passionate about your skill and have a knack of writing, it is highly preferable to start your own blog as it is a great way to share your knowledge with other people while earning a handsome amount.
Curate a Theme
There are a lot of bloggers or entrepreneurs who make and publish their own websites but because they don’t know anything about coding, they rely on readymade solutions like Wordpress. The lack of knowledge of coding makes it hard for them to change the theme of their website and hence they are dependent on themes that are already available on the marketplaces.
This is a great opportunity for coders and programmers like you to create your own themes and sell it on different platforms and marketplaces like Themeforest. You just have to build your own unique theme and then you can sell it to millions of people all over the world.
These themes are a great way for enhancing your skills as a programmer while earning lots of money once you become popular and your themes are greatly appreciated. Apart from earning a good amount of money and enhancing your skills, making these themes adorn your portfolio and help you grab a job as developer in your dream company.
As mentioned above, a lot of websites are made with the help of Wordpress and hence there is a high demand for strong Wordpress plugins that could improve a website.
If you are learning how to code and have some spare time, building a Wordpress plugin, building a theme, is a great way to make some easy money from home and also helps you to make a great portfolio.
It is pretty easy to get started with making a Wordpress plugin, just look at the limitations of existing tools and you would come up with a great idea for a Wordpress plugin. However, you can also take ideas from the web and other developers to make some Wordpress plugins.
When it comes to making money, you can easily earn through advertising or donations. However, the best way is to make your plugin available as minimum free version with an option to pay for extra features.
If you are a learner, nothing beats the power of coding contests to teach you the basic nuances and complexities of coding. The cherry on cake is that you can also earn decent amount of money if you perform well and grab a position. There are so many platforms like Topcoder, Codechef and other where you can enter competition on design, data science and development. Competitive coding can very exciting as well as challenging. Competitive coding is a collaborative sport and a very interesting community to jump into to primarily learn and ace your codding skills. If you manage to grab some prizes in these coding competitions, it’s great for your bank but it’s also amazing for your resume. If your resume is full of recognitions from various coding platforms, your chances of getting a job as a developer in your dream company is greatly increased. Coding contests are a great way to have fun, enhance your skills and earn some money too!