I would say that this path to becoming a web developer has been tough for me. Not, because I’m unable. Maybe because my age, my kids, and my geographic location. But, I got an offer letter which I accepted earlier this month. I wanted to tell you about the path it took me. My first real stab at ‘really’ learning web development started here:
I learned so much. I was able to apply what I learned, really think it had the biggest impact it had for me. However; after some of the way through there was one lesson in particular which I had to reverse a string without the reverse method. I couldn’t see it. I refused to goto the solution video. I spent 2 days on that and gave up for about 8 months. I retook it again and smashed through it. I don’t know what was different but it didn’t take me that long to do everything.
So. my $45,000 offer. Why so low? Why am I excited about it? Well, it’s been almost two years for me to get here. Could I have gotten a better job, somewhere else with more pay? Yes, I’m sure I can. However; I work remote 2 days a week, and travel to work in the office 3 days a week. Travel? Yes. Do you remember I said my geographic location. I work Monday, and Tuesday from home. Wednesday, I goto work at 2:30am and I am in the office by 8am to start my day. I than get a hotel for 2 nights and drive home Friday after work. CRAZY RIGHT? It’s because of my location that I got a “lower paying” but it’s really not that bad. It’s about in the range for the area for a frontend developer.
Sure. So this was actually through a designer. We started talking, and he gave me a project. Lesson here is make friends with designers! They, also freelance. You want THEM to remember you for projects.
Hey, thanks for sharing. I have a few questions for you if you don’t mind!
Are you saying you developed that giftcashing app from scratch? Where did you win the bid from and how much were you paid for it? Finally, how long after you began your whole programming journey did you have the skills necessary to complete it?
So it’s been almost a year: Do you feel as though you’ve grown with this job? And I don’t mean within the job necessarily; I also mean with your skills, other languages you’ve learned, things like that (though, please include any professional growth too)? Or have you gotten another one, maybe with a larger salary like you hoped to get? Any other amazing app sales win?