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casparvitch wrote

Programming is a skill, like frying an egg, sewing or trimming hedges.

Note that as a first year student it is unlikely you can make efficient money out of this skill yet. That's not to say you shouldn't try, just that a large fraction of your time will be spent on learning.

You could:

  • Find someone who will employ you (part-time) for your skills:

    • I would recommend this route, as the structure is likely to help you learn.
  • Develop a user (customer) base:

    • Write something a lot of people will use and are willing to pay for, or use ads.

ThatJay wrote (edited )

I am a self employed programmer who was self taught mainly and is currently 2nd year uni. there are many things, mainly professional things, that I did not learn by myself.

for example, I am an extremely cheap dev for the business I'm contracting for. however, at the time of writing I did not know about automated testing and definitely did things that later on just kinda shot me in the foot.

so because of lacking of automated testing, say I change the backend database software to be from a tree of JSON files which get corrupted every now and then to a much more stable MariaDB server with protection against race condition (and therefore no more file corruptions). now, orders start undercharging and overcharging people because I reimplemented some math incorrectly. automated tests would've caught this, meaning bugs caught and fixed (generally) stay fixed.

i have become much more professional in my practices as I've learned more things. the business knew I lacked knowledge, but they also knew I was really cheap compared to other options.


casparvitch wrote

Also have a look at internships.

And then there's always the hustle approach:

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Learn WordPress, Build some practise Websites for madeup businesses and then google for lawyers, doctors, therapists, Financial advisors etc. In your City. Look for those who have a terrible Website. Then create a modern looking mockup for them, and send it in an email with "i am a Web designer and i can do this Website for you....." Got like 6 Projects with this Method, all around 500 € for one Website. Your designs have to be good and convincing though.

For more duckduckgo make money with programming


md5crypto wrote

Yes, you just have to look at the market and obtain the skills that hiring managers care about.


panda_roux wrote

Full remote tech jobs are becoming more and more prevalent. Don't give up hope get.


arsgoetia OP wrote

I'm just not looking for one because I feel like it makes more sense to do so once I finish uni. Plus I think i'd be kinda depressing lol. I'd like to know my coworkers through more than just a slack server


panda_roux wrote

Good on you for having your priorities straight. It's definitely not for everyone. Best of luck to you.


ThatJay wrote

you'll need a job. get hired or be self employed.

however, to be self employed, you'll need to be more than just a first year software engineering student. you'll need to be professional in the way you organise and test things, doing the "boring stuff" as well as the actual coding. you'll need documents for specification, communication with stakeholders, automated testing, testing reports, etc.