How to Make Money with your Coding and Programming Skills?

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Are you a programmer trying to make money online? Here are 5 different ways to make money as a developer.


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If you’re a programming geek and not making any money online, you are missing out BIG. Anyone that’s familiar with languages such as C++, HTML, JavaScript, Python, .NET, Java, and PHP, can get paid to code online.

What’s the best way to make money coding? How soon can you earn income with your programming skills?

Here's the thing; programming is one of the most worthwhile skills today as it offers unlimited opportunities for creative ideas that can earn you extra money. Consequently, by embracing some of these ideas, you can become your own boss.

In this article, I will show you the best ways to make money from programming. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced developer, you will find helpful tips to increase your income with your coding skills.

1. Freelancing

Freelancing is one of the most popular ways to earn extra income, and one of the most flexible.

If you're good enough at something (coding, photoshop, or editing) then you can easily showcase your services. It's directly proportional to how much effort you put into it. There are many platforms to take orders from other people, for example: TopTal, Upwork, Fiverr, etc.

Freelance work can be frustrating in some cases. However, with the right online freelancer platform, attitude and marketing skills, you can find steady jobs that pay the bills.

The great thing about freelance work is that you can create your own work schedule and  you have the freedom to work from anywhere. 

As you take on more jobs and earn fantabulous reviews on freelancing platforms, you'll be able to raise your income levels…aka charge top dollar.

Cons:

  • There's no gaurantee of work flow.
  • You might get scammed.
  • No work means no money.
  • Procrastination
  • Sometimes, you have to work your ass off for only a few bucks.

Pros:

  • You don't have to wake up early.
  • You can create your own schedule.
  • You can work as much as you want.
  • If you've kids that you don't want to leave at care centers, with freelancing you don't have to.
  • Can take a break from work.
  • Can do it as a part-time job.

2. Create a Plugin or Theme For WordPress

Around 35% of web pages are powered by WordPress. If you create useful WordPress plugins and themes, you can make some money.

If you are a website designer or developer, you can totally make money from plugin and theme development. Obviously, nobody runs a successful WordPress website/blog with lame themes or just one plugin, hence the endless need for a 3rd party theme/ plugin developers.

Currently, the market for WordPress themes and plugins has reached a saturation level, but an outstanding product will absolutely help you gain attention. You should spend more time investing in top popular themes and products, then figure out where you can do better than them before creating an up-to-date one. 

Please remember, all you need to do is understand your target audience and satisfy their needs with your new offer.

The process for this s quite complicated, but nothing is impossible! Many freelance entrepreneurs or agencies have made millions of dollars by creating such amazing themes or plugins for WordPress sites. So if you are confident in your technical skills, take this idea into consideration and start earning with WordPress now! 

Cons:

  • To create a plugin that will get the layout website easier you need to know how to build sites yourself and not only.

Pros:

  • You can create plugins with no restrictions and it will bring you more money.
  • Passive Income.

3. Start Your Own Programming Blog

Even if you only have 6 months of education in coding, that's six months more knowledge than someone who hasn't started yet. In fact, there are great opportunities for programmers in the field of blogging.

If you’re a programmer, you can always make money through a blog in the programming niche. 

The advantage of this method is that you not only make money but also make a name for yourself in the programming community.

Marketing yourself as a programmer and having a strong online presence is extremely important and it will open the doors for a lot of opportunities in your career that you wouldn’t have otherwise.

Thousands of students and part-time seekers make $1000~$1500 per month from blogging only for writing codes/programmes.

Blogging is nothing but creating your own website (free or paid) where you can write your codes or programmes which you think is beneficial to the world. 

With a programming blog, you will be teaching others about programming while improving as a programmer yourself. All that while making money at the same time. 

There are many ways to monetize a blog as a programmer:

  • Advertisements: The first method is to simply put ads on your blog.
  • Being an Affiliate: You can try to set up your own affiliate system by selling other people’s products.
  • Selling your own products: Selling your own services & courses is a way to expand to make more money.

Cons:

  • Blogging will not make you rich overnight.
  • Blogging is not a tool for generating sales.
  • Your blog will not create enough traffic to your site if it's not consistent.

Pros:

  • Blogging improves your visibility in search engines.
  • Blogging improves your brand identity.
  • You can market your products and services using your blog.

4. Start a Tech YouTube Channel

First, it's just one of the most visited websites around the world. Second, you can definitely make some money from a YouTube channel by growing your subscriber base.

Starting a YouTube channel on various tech topics like Programming jobs, Learning a specific Programming skill like Algorithms, Interview Preparation, and others is one of the most common and easiest ways to earn money online as a Programmer.

Your content will not be monetized right from day one. You need to work on your channel and increase your subscribers and watch time. When you hit the goal of 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of watch time, then you can apply from your channel to be monetized. YouTube will review your application and monetize it within 2 months. It may take you 1 month to reach the minimum goal.

Create videos showing people tips on coding, and be consistent. The more subscribers you have, the more views you'll get… and the more you will earn.

Find a YouTube partner program that will allow you to earn a percentage of the money generated from ads that run alongside your videos.

Cons:

  • Lack of content ideas.
  • High Competition.
  • You may not see the benefits immediately.

Pros:

  • Free to use.
  • Gives you the Opportunity to earn money through your videos.
  • An easy way to share information.

5. Write and Sell An Ebook

Ebooks are one of our favorite digital downloads. You can use them as a lead magnet, include them in an online course, or sell them for passive income.

If you're a pro in a particular programming language and you know how to put words together to make a teachable curriculum, then it's probably time you put an ebook up for sale.

Selling information products is a great way to make some money on the side, and ebooks are one of the most popular info products on the market.

You can also make a few bucks selling ebooks with coding tips. After writing your ebook, publish and sell it on social media, your website, or Amazon.

Publishing an ebook is easy, and you can take advantage of free publishing platforms such as Kindle Publishing…aka Amazon.

The global ebook market is expected to reach nearly $18 billion in annual revenue by 2025.

Cons:

  • All costs for creating and promoting the book are on you
  • You don't have a support team.

Pros:

  • There is a large community of authors who are also self-publishing ebooks, and they are happy to help with questions you may have.
  • Self-publishing ebooks is cheaper than ever, and better yet, the demand for ebooks is on the rise.
  • You can still make it big as an indie author.

That’s a wrap!

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