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Working As a Freelance Web Developer

September 7th, 2018

Freelancing is a great way to become self-employed in a short amount of time and very easily. A web developer will find this method to be their best bet to branch out on their own.

The income from freelancing can often be greater than working for someone else. There are some points to keep in mind though before you explore this option.

The income you receive from freelancing is far from being a regular income, it is very unsteady and many times you will find that you get checks sent to you at all times throughout the month. Sometimes you do not receive an income from certain clients for whom you have performed services or payment is late in arriving to you.

It is always a good idea to have a back up plan so that you do have some income to fall back on from savings or from other sources that provide multiple streams of income.

Difficult clients can make for a frustrating day. Often you may run across this in your line of work, and on some occasions you may get a very good client who is easy going and doesn’t complain. Dealing with difficult clients can be a source of frustration and stress especially if they want constant revisions or expect the product in an unreasonable time frame.

Keeping clients happy is part of the process of doing business and if you have experience in this area from previous working relationships you can use it to your advantage.

Some of the benefits of being a self-employed web developer are the fact that you can charge your won prices, you can select the clientele to work with, and you can schedule your own work times. However, you must still consider the points above.

Besides freelancing, network marketing is a great source for multiple streams of income. You are already experienced in business and marketing techniques so this income source would fit right into what you are doing as a freelance web developer. Consider this option as well.

Basic Steps Involved in Teaching Yourself to Become a Web Developer

September 5th, 2018

If you’re a young person finishing high school, you had good grades, you’re sharp, you love computers, and you have financial backing…you might just be headed off to college to master the art of higher learning. However…let’s say you’re not. Let’s say that the college opportunity door opened, then closed, and you’re still standing where you were without having gone through it. SURE, you can go to college now, but do you want to?

Let’s say instead that there were a way to earn very good money in the real world, but without having to spend the next 3 or 4 years of your time (to say nothing of your money) learning a trade that may or may not pay off for you. Let’s say that you could simply apply yourself to being your own teacher, and still come out on top. That is precisely what is possible in our day and age, and precisely what you’ll need to do to make yourself a Web developer without going to college.

Okay, it’s time to talk details. Let’s start with basic computer skills. If you’re not computer literate at this point, then you’re not necessarily in the wrong place (i.e., wanting to become a Web developer), but it might just be that you’re here at the wrong time. First, become computer literate. There are other classes that are built for that. Go do that, then come back here. However, if you are computer literate, take the first step toward becoming a Web developer…and this will involve a trip to Borders, or Barnes & Noble, or whatever bookstore is close by.

#1 – Buy yourself a coffee, then go look at the Computer Programming section of the bookstore. When I first took this step, it was recommended to me that I buy Sam’s Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 days. I bought it. It’s a great book, but nobody told me that page one of that book is still like Greek to a true beginner. Thus, first pick up the newest teach yourself ASP.NET for true beginners and you’ll be off on the right track. Then find Sam’s Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 Days, or some such “instructor’s manual”.

#2 – Now, organize your schedule. You’ll be needing the next few months to BEGIN to teach yourself this trade. Decide on a truly reasonable schedule that you can live with over a relatively long period of time. It’s much better to study for one to two hours daily than for 12 hours straight on the weekend. Find the time…then sit down in front of your computer, open the first book to page one, and begin to read.

#3 – Be a kind teacher. The really cool teachers that we remember from school were the ones that were kind, but at the same time, could really teach us something. Be that way with yourself. When you’ve been studying for a few days and you shut your book, drop your head into your hands, and say, “I’ll NEVER get this!”, then be kind to yourself. Recognize that nobody got it in the first couple of days, weeks, or even months. It takes time, but you have to keep moving forward. When you get worn down, depressed, or just feel like giving up, take a break! Go make a coffee, take a nap, or whatever relaxes you. Then come back and before opening the book again, stop and ask yourself this one, simple question: What do I know right now about this subject that I did not know when I started? Chances are very, very good that you will answer that question with quite a few things that you’ve learned. Thus, you ARE INDEED learning.

#4 – Find a way to enjoy what you are learning. When we actually enjoy something, we will keep doing it. Thus, when teaching yourself to become a Web developer, don’t forget to isolate what it is that you enjoy most about the tasks that the books/manuals give you, and then capitalize on those! Share them with your family and/or friends. Live it up. Enjoy yourself.

#5 – Once you have worked hard for months at this “project”, chances are that you’ll be wanting to start to earn money at it.

Stay tuned for the following article about how to take your training to the next level…and actually earn some money!

The Benefits That PHP Certification Can Give Web Developers

September 5th, 2018

PHP is a server side scripting language that allows you to create some of the most beautifully dynamic and interactive websites out there, and if you can use it, you can go straight to the top when it comes to getting web design work. However, getting your foot in the door isn’t simply a matter of knowing how to do the work; not only do you need to know PHP inside and out, you are going to need to prove to potential clients and employers that you have the knowledge as well! The truth of the matter is that when you are looking to get hired for web design work, you are not always dealing with people who will recognize your experience or your knowledge; this is where having PHP certification can help.

In the first place, what does PHP certification consist of? In many cases, when you are looking at getting certified, you are going to need to know both PHP and SQL (primarily MySQL – which is a standard for accessing database systems). These are the two subjects that you need to be aware of and that you need to be comfortable with, and you will find that these two subjects give you the foundation of a good web development expertise. When you are looking to prove to the people in charge that you are capable of doing the work that they want, PHP certification will show that you are proficient in both of these topics.

If you are looking to get started with PHP certification, you will find that the major provider of recognized PHP certification is going to be Zend. Zend certification will test your knowledge of PHP, and even better, it is going to test you with regard to real world job functions. For the positions where certification in PHP is required, Zend certification is going to be the one that allows you to stand out and to strut your stuff. It is important to remember that having the certification itself will allow you to get your foot in the door. The Zend certification for PHP is a little pricey (around $125 at the last look), but it is important to remember that you should see this as an investment in your future employability. Just think how much more salary you can get out of your present or future employer.

When you are thinking about getting PHP certified, remember that you are likely going to need to be competent with both PHP and SQL (MySQL). Also remember that the exam is practical, and that some preparation is essential. Taking the exams unprepared will be a problem for anyone, even if they are very comfortable with these topics, and this is where training materials and practice exams can come in. Consider what your options are and what you can do to get the results that you are after.

Achieving a PHP certificate can be something that makes a huge difference to the way that you are moving forward and the shape that your career in PHP development takes. If you want to get ahead and get yourself PHP certified, then make sure you check out the resources at this PHP certification info site before you rush into it. This site will let you explore some of the other benefits of PHP certification and give you some of the resources you’ll need also.