November 19th, 2013, 04:14 PM
What Do I Need To Know To Start Working For Clients?
Now I'm looking ahead and I'm wondering which should be my next step.
Note that my goal is to get my hands dirty and start working for clients as soon as possible. My target is actually to start working on smaller projects on sites like oDesk and Elance (or work found on forums such is this one) after only 6 months or so (maybe do some projects for free first). I heard this should be doable (Though I won't be disappointed if it takes me a bit longer).
Don't get me wrong, I'm not in web development because I heard there's quick money to be made. I am well aware that 6 months of learning is only the beginning. And I'm ready to learn all the stuff that makes a good web dev anyway. What concerns me is the order in which to learn.
So, to sum up:
What should I learn to be qualified enough to tackle some real life projects from clients as soon as possible?
Design is not so my thing.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
November 19th, 2013, 06:38 PM
I guess PHP is one of the more main-stream language, but I know several people on this forum recommend Python, as it can be simpler to use/learn. I don't have any experience with Python, so can't say much more about that.
One way I try to learn new things, is to look at the questions people post at this forum and then think how I would approach - and maybe solve - the issue.
November 25th, 2013, 10:58 AM
More than the client does. That's the only correct answer. You either have to know something they don't know, or be willing to do something they don't want to do themselves. That's the only real way to make money.
As for your actual experience:
If you believe that you can design websites which are beautiful, functional, and easy to use, you may be able to stick to an entirely front-end role, making user interfaces and doing design work.
If you are not a very creative or successful designer, you should learn a popular back-end language like PHP, JSP, or Python. I would recommend against learning a particular CMS, that's just limiting yourself for no reason.
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