Turning code to cash — How to make money as a Web Developer and live to tell the tale.

Kurt
Kurt
Dec 20, 2015 · 5 min read

Nothing is simple.

Always under promise and over deliver. You can’t see the future and the if you say “Sure” and throw in a fee that covers your lunch you will regret it.


Know your skill set — and let your client know it.

Never take on work you’re not 100% sure you can finish. If they push make it clear you will “TRY” with no promises, if you can only do 80% TELL YOUR CLIENT.


Be clear about what they are buying

If you’re are physically coding it, state it. If it is a custom implementation of a CRM state that. Never give a customer a WordPress site with a template you bought online and try to pass it off as your work, or let them think it is.


Learn to use the best tool for the job.

Frameworks are your friend and as keen as you are to code an e-commerce site you need to face the fact that you know nothing about it. Know when you’re out of your depth and use the best tool at your disposal.


To your client you’re more than just a developer.

Whether they admit it or not if you’re dealing with a client you are their internet stock broker. What ever advice you give them regarding digital software, social networks email or what phone to use will be taken seriously.


SIGN OFF YOUR JOBS

Make it clear from the beginning what your fee entails and sign the work off once the specifications are met. You can give them the option of a monthly “Care Package” with 5 hours of development / debugging per month or an hourly rate. Otherwise you will be inundated with requests to change wording or move things “5px to the left”.


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I learnt to program using tutorials on the internet, so to pay tribute I write about programming on the internet.

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