I figure I might as well put 10% of my income towards coding, since it’s an investment that will give me a higher income in the long run. (I may even put 15% or 20% in the upcoming months, since at the moment, I’ve been saving up for a couple of out of state trips)
I don’t necessarily have to spend it all in one place, but what are good things that I can use my money on to become a better coder and to be more attractive to employers?
Well, $800 is more than enough.
You need a website that is done by you. Google on personal branding.
Certainly you will need a portfolio and FCC is so good at providing that.
I would say it’s not about money here, but more importanly about time. How much time can you invest in yourself? A friendly advice: never rush.
It is important to not let go of opportunities but it is much more important to discover a wider variaty of opportunities.
Forget all my thoughts above.
If you want a job, invest in yourself until you think you can hire you if you were hiring 1000 random people.
Make a good personal brand(website, social media, networks and such). Try to be more standing.
Most importantly keep working on your skills and think of making a good portfolio.
Bonus point: this one is tricky, if you land an interview… you better be fully prepared to impress people and tackle situations.
If I was you, I would use that money on a domain name, a hosting, a certification(maybe) and lots of books.