7 Easy Ways To Make Side Money As A Developer
SEP 27, 2017 23:18 PM
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7 Easy Ways To Make Side Money As A Developer

 
by Drew Hendricks
 
Software development has incredibly broad application. Our increasingly interconnected and globalizing world and economy mean that software developers will be greatly in demand going forward. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 17 percent growth over the 2014-2024 period - a rate which is rated much faster than average.
 
The same page from the BLS gives a very nice estimate for the average compensation of a software developer, placing it at around a $100,000 median. Furthermore, there is no shortage of entry level jobs and a bachelor’s degree is considered the typical degree requirement, meaning that the software development jobs are currently thriving and a part of a robust, growing market. So, what can you do if you’re killing it at your job already and want to make more side money as a developer?
 
Be a Tutor On Studypool
 
Studypool is a developing micro tutoring marketplace that stands at the intersection between education and application. If you’re someone with an extensive knowledge and familiarity with a number of coding languages and you love to practice and sharpen your skills in your free time, then you can’t go wrong with Studypool’s on-demand model. 
 
When you’re on the platform, you’ll be able to engage in real-time with a number of students with common implementation problems, bugfixes, or who simply don’t know how to get started with code. You can regularly make $20 or $30 an hour if you’re dedicated.
 
Create and Design Websites For Your Friends
 
If you’re a programmer you’ve probably had the experience of being treated as “the tech guy” that everyone comes to with their computer issues. You can turn that into a massive opportunity if you market yourself as someone who can create online personas. Web development relies on knowledge of languages like HTML, CSS, Javascript, and PHP, all of which you probably are relatively familiar with. A few estimates place the average cost for one website at around $300 to $1000, based on the initial requirements.
 
Insert Yourself into Lucrative ERP or CRM Positions
 
Targeting ERP/CRM platforms oriented towards businesses such as SalesForce, ASP -DotNetStorefront, Epicor, and NetSuite and really putting time into becoming an expert in those arenas will allow you to uncover a number of lucrative opportunities. One user recommends to start small and build a reputation on the site so that you can eventually reap gains of up to $80 to $250 an hour from individuals that come to consult you with specific design or interface related problems.
 
Become a Substitute Teacher
 
If you really love development and coding and also have a passion for passing your knowledge onto others, taking up a position as a substitute teacher in your free time can earn you a few extra bucks. The degree requirements are probably different for each district, but they should be lower for substitute teachers in comparison to tenured part-time or full-time teachers. Per day pay rates vary by state, but it’s an easy way to generate some money if you don’t have anything more productive to do with your time.
 
Create A Simple Commercial Product
 
You’ve probably had that conversation with some of your friends before, you know, the one about how simple super popular apps like Tinder, Instagram, or games like Farmville are to code. If you’ve had the thought that you can actually implement a product or app like the ones that are commercially available, why not actually try it out as a hobby? The worst thing that can happen is that your product flops and even then, you still get the experience. But there’s the off chance that your product hits it big and you make a small fortune off of it, and that’s often the logic and inspiration behind some billion dollar ideas like Kevin Systrom’s Instagram.
 
Freelance
 
The demand for software development jobs is great, and there are tons of people with great ideas that don’t have the skills to implement those ideas. These people end up posting their work to online freelancing marketplaces like UpWork with a clear objective, requirement, and deadline - typical jobs are paid hourly and change in pricing based on difficulty. If you’re someone that doesn’t like to search too deeply to find work, then freelancing may be a great way for you to continuously practice your talents for development.
 
Moonlighting
 
Moonlighting refers to the practice of taking on multiple jobs, some of which may require working night hours. Granted that this does not exactly qualify as side money, it still represents a reasonable possibility for you to make a significant bonus to your overall salary. Some estimates place an additional late night development gig to be worth $20,000 or $30,000. Hey, if you’re looking to make more money in at a job that already pays a decent amount, there’s nothing stopping you from simply taking on more formal work.
 
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