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How To Teach Yourself Code (ft. Quincy Larson)

Thousands of people have become web developers by using FreeCodeCamp. It is a website where you can learn code through their focused, interactive courses and tutorials. And the good thing about this is that it’s free. You can also earn certifications by the end of each course.

Quincy Larson, the creator of FreeCodeCamp shared some tips on how teach yourself code.

  1. Code everyday

It will be easy for you to understand code if you do it every single day. You start with the basics, try it, experience errors and try to solve it. If you do this every day, it will become a habit and coding will be easier for you. Just keep going. But if it's really hard for you to build this habit then you can try to motivate yourself by thinking that you can actually do something big,  make something you believe in. Or try the Promodoro technique which can help you to free from distraction so you can focus more on what you are doing. Promodoro technique is where you get rid of all distractions and set a timer for 25min. The goal is to just do 25min of interrupted work. Many people find that after one 25min set, they’re in the mood to do another set after a short break.

  1. Hangout with other people who code

Hangout with someone who can code, someone with whom you can share your coding experiences with. If you don’t know someone try going meetups. You can usually find meetups on Facebook groups like Free Code Camp –  Los Angeles or on meetup.com

  1. The tools don't really matter

It doesn't matter what type of tools you're going to use especially if you're just going to start coding. Instead of worrying about what tools you should use, just focus on coding. Ignore those people who tell you what tool you should use and what you shouldn't. Focusing on coding and building software is much better.  

With regards to choosing what language to start with, JavaScript is the first best thing you should learn because it is the only coding language where there are not enough Javascript developers to fill all the open positions.

  1. Don't worry what to build, focus on how to built it

It is great if you have something in mind that you want to code, but the downside of this is that you will be more focused on what you are building and not on how you are going to build. You can also use sites like FreeCodeCamp that provide sets of actual projects So you can focus on how to build something and now what to build.

  1. Contribute to Open Source

Open Source are computer software which can be download and worked on by anyone who is interested in enhancing the software. There is usually a community of developers that control what is accepted into the published versions. This is actually a good to start on getting experiences. FreeCodeCam is open source and allows any users to contribute to it. It’s not as complicated as it seems, some tickets are simple typo fixes.

You can watch the whole video by clicking the link below to get more tips from Quincy Larson and learn how FreeCodeCamp work.

4 High-End Careers (NO DEGREE REQUIRED)

1. UX/UI DESIGNERS

Google is a good example to differentiate the two. As you can see on the photo below, Google's appearance is simple that you can easily determine how you will use and navigate it. That's what UI Designers or User Interface Designers do. They are concerned on how the platform should look like and how should it work. While UX Designers or User Experience Designers they are concerned on how and what the platform users will experience. If you search something on Google and you start navigating the website then you are experiencing what UI Designers did. To sum it up, UI Designers are concerned on the appearance, brand and design of the platform while UX Designers are concerned on how the platform should function and what users should experience while navigating.

UI Designers

UX Designers

Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1 (UX Designer)
Average US rate: $71,918 per year
Work-Life Balance Rating: 4.1 (UI Designer)
Average US rate: $64,157 per year

2. Ad Operations Manager

Try to open any website and examine how it looks like. Most likely it has one or two advertisements place on the slider, above the header, on it's two sides and even on the bottom page. That's what Ad Operators do. They manage those ads to earn revenues. According to AdMonsters.com, Ad Operations refers to process and systems that support the sale and delivery of online advertising. More specifically this is the workflow processes and software systems that are used to sell, input, serve, target and report on the performance of online ads. They are the brain of the digital marketing. Ad Operators learn and solve problems involving advertisements and apply technologies to make money.

You can actually try this right now. Build a website, put contents and try to build a community who can view and navigate it. Then try selling your own products or someone else. And if you already built a bigger community, try to introduce it on small and big companies to invest for an advertisement on your website.

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Average US rate: $61,074 per year

3. WordPress Designer

A wordpress designer uses editing softwares like Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator to make a certain graphic design. Unlike Web Developer, WordPress Designer are more on the creative design. But these two works together. Whatever a designer did for the website, a developer is the one who encode this to make it work. If you're that type of person who are into creativity then try this. Most likely you should have a strong knowledge about color scheme, typography and design.

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Average US rate: $48K per year. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission.

4. Social Media Manager / Specialist

This career is the first non-software language skill that is in demand. Both small and large companies are hiring social media manager for their different accounts. Social Media Manager are the ones who are assigned to handle social media accounts and create contents like copy and artworks and blog for the company.They make sure that their social media accounts are reaching the target audience of their product and company for them to earn revenue. In order to be successful in this career, you have to know how to plan and set goals for the social media accounts because you don't want to waste your time and effort doing something for nothing. You also have to know how to build brand awareness.

You shouldn't be worried about learning all of these, you can learn it from watching YouTube videos, attending bootcamps, seminars, convention and internships.

Work-Life Balance Rating: 3.8
Average US rate: $47K per year

Even though these careers don't required degrees, of course you still need to do a lot of research to learn it. Attending different bootcamps, seminar and interships would really help you gain more knowledge and experience. Also, watching YouTube videos from professionals will be very helpful.

***Work Life Balance Rating are based on at least 60,000 company reviews shared by employees per calendar year. (Acc. to Glassdoor.com)
***Average US Rates are based on payscale.com

Watch it here to lean more about these high-end careers.

How I made $25,000 from a Webinar ft. SuccessInsider

Who would have thought that conducting a webinar will let you earn $25,000? A webinar is a short term for Web-based seminar wherein a presentor is having a live video where he can discuss a specific topic to the viewer. Both presentor and viewer can share opinions, documents and apps through online. Tim Han a youtuber from SuccessInsider recently conduct a webinar training in UK entitled 5 secrets to make 2017 your best year ever yet.

Tim Han also shared some tips on how he manage a successful webinar and earn $25,000 from it.

1. Good traffic source

Having a YouTube Channel and Facebook page help him to gather a lot of traffic that he used to promote his webinar. The good thing about using these two platforms is that you don't have to pay for advertisements to promote your event. And also, you can see how many of your viewers will be interested and you can keep them updated about your upcoming webinar.

2. Objective Handle

Make your objective clear to your audience before and during your webinar. With that you are giving them assurance that what they're going to pay and time is going to be worth it.

3. Make the presentation

As much as possible keep your presentation clean by putting 1 or 2 sentences per slide to prevent the audience from being bored. You can also add images to keep them interested on what you are discussing. A good presentation is a representation of yourself.

4. Practice

Make sure that you know every detail about your topic, presentation, audience and your main goal for the webinar by practicing. By doing it there is a assurance that your webinar is chronologically arrange.

5. Engage with your audience

You have to know who are your audience in order for you to know how you handle them on your discussion. With knowing your audience it will be easy for you to engage them by asking different questions that are relevant to what you are discussing. In order to engage them you should apply different tones and maintain a good posture. Apply different tones if you're discussing different points and if you have something to emphasize that you want the audience to remember. While having a good posture is a body language telling the audience that you are ready and energetic for the whole webinar.

After discussing and sharing the main point of your webinar, you can easily introduce services like one on one coaching, upcoming webinars, promotion of your Youtube Channel
and Facebook group.

If you want to know more on how Tim from SuccessInsider earned $25,000 from a webinar, just click the video below.

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