The Successful Web Developer
It comes as no surprise that a lot of people want to become a web developer these days. They often ask the question: “how do I become a web developer?” Well, I think that should be changed to, “how do I become a successful web developer?”
You see, anyone can actually become a web developer given that there is a wealth of information that you can tap into with the use of your fingertips. But, there are only a handful of people who have the principles, the knowledge, the skills, and the determination to become a really successful one.
In this article, I will talk about some steps to help you become one.
1. Ask Yourself if This is Your ‘Calling’
Are you excited to create websites? Do you see yourself as a web developer your whole life? Would being a developer be the best career option for me, for my family, and friends?
These are questions that a typical would-be developer should ask themselves. Look, web development is a tedious process. Sure, you might get easy projects from time to time, but if you’re going to create one for a more professional application, then that would require lots of time and dedication.
Ask yourself if this is really what you want to do because it is very important to settle this early on.
2. What’s Your Reason?
The next question you should ask yourself is what your “whys” are. For me, I personally want to become a developer because I want to create websites and I want to earn a lot of money doing the thing that I really love the most.
3. What Interests You More?
There are two sides to web development: the front-end and the back-end. The former is all about the visual aspects of the website and creating code that will make things happen. The latter is more concerned about the processes “behind the scenes” like making server requests, SEO, etc. Ask yourself which one you would like to do the most.
4. Create a Plan of Action
Learning the different programming languages that are required for web development can be an arduous process. That is why you have to create an action plan before you get started.
You have to answer how much time are you willing to set aside per day in order to learn the things that are required? Also, set a plan on what you want to learn first, second, and so on.
5. Give Your Entire Focus
Look, learning more about web development is hard. Therefore, you have to give your undivided attention to learn everything that you need to become a good developer. Can you do that?
6. Do You Have the Discipline?
What is the difference between discipline and motivation? Motivation is fleeting. You might be highly motivated before you start the journey, but as you go along, you will find that your motivation starts to wane.
Discipline, on the other hand, is the willingness to act on something despite the circumstances. In other words, you stay on course no matter what comes your way (even if your motivation starts to decrease).
Once you’ve learned some of the most important programming languages that are needed in web development, start to practice them.
I recommend that you go to different web development communities and partake in some open-source projects to start with.
8. Create Your Portfolio
For you to get clients, you need to have something to show for. That is why you will create a portfolio website that showcases the things that you can do. Make it great while also maintaining the most important web design principles as well.
9. Always Learn Something New
10. Price Your Services Right
Look at the different freelance platforms and find a nice average price to start. Once you gain more knowledge and experience, you can set your prices higher than your initial asking price.