9 Life-Changing Reasons You Should Learn to Code

Yes I am an Indian Women and with this skill I feel Free and Independent to Earn My Bread.

1. I Have Freedom to Make My Own Schedule

This is probably the most cited benefit of those who leave the traditional 9-5 cubicle job.

Because when you work for yourself, you have the ability to create your own schedule.

Sure, there are deadlines. There are meetings. But you always have some control over when, where and what time.

2. I Earn More, But Work Fewer Hours

I am still a relative newbie in the web development space with about two years of experience. So I am not yet charging premium rates. It increase 50% chance of getting high paid job.

Nonetheless, many developers with more experience can easily charge over $100 an hour for freelance or contract work. And, when it comes to hourly rates, the sky is the limit. (I’ve seen web-related consultants charging a lot more than $100 an hour. Of course – typically with 10+ years experience and a portfolio with high-profile testimonials to back it up.)

In any case, even for me the more tech skills and experience I acquire, the more I earn per hour.

And because of this, I am now able to work fewer hours a week, but still take home a comparable amount to what I would be at another job.

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3. I Can Say “No” to Job Offers

I recall not too long ago clawing for part-time jobs, projects, and assignments. Basically taking anything I could get – even if the compensation was less than ideal.

However, as I have become stronger with web development, this is no longer the case. Nowadays I can just say, “No, thanks” to uninteresting job offers without worry or hesitation, because I know there will be other opportunities that come my way.

4. People Come to ME Asking if I Can Work for THEM

Who would have thought that me, a girl from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, would have people around the world sending inquiries, asking if i’d like to join their team?

The truth is: I am far from the exception.

Having recruiters, HR people, companies, etc. reach out with work propositions happens all the time to developers and software engineers.

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In fact, I have seen spelled out on several more established people’s online resumes or LinkedIn accounts that they are “not seeking work at this time.”

Meaning that developers and software engineers are so bombarded with work requests that they end up specifying that they are not looking for any new opportunities. They ask not to be contacted. Seriously – in what other industry does this happen!?!

5. I Never Have to Deal with the Tedious Online Job Application Process

Coinciding with unasked job offers, I now get to avoid the dreaded online application process.

While I am all about networking, having a solid LinkedIn profile, and so forth – I dread the laborious online job application. You know, the ones that ask a ton of questions, involve uploading resumes and other documents, and can take a lengthy amount of time.

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Fortunately, with more skills and experience gained, the more this becomes a distant memory. Which I could not be happier about.

6. I Have Extra Time to Pursue Interests

Along with being able to work fewer hours a week comes the opportunity to spend more time on other things: like hobbies, passions or family time.

Personally, I love to write as well as travel.

With this free time, I have created a blog geared towards beginners learning how to code. (Fitting, right!?)

As it turns out, this site has brought me so much joy, not to mention other opportunities, like getting to meet new people and other work-related ones.

Nonetheless, if I didn’t have this spare time, I wouldn’t be able to work on the site. And if I didn’t have the site, I don’t know where I would be today. As dramatic as it sounds, I can’t imagine my life without that blog.

7. I Can (and Do) Work Remotely

When you work with technology, there are more opportunities to work online, or remotely. Meaning it doesn’t matter where you are – on vacation, at home or at Starbucks – as long as you’re doing your assignment.

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You may be wondering how the heck I took off for nearly three months to travel. But guess what? I was working the whole time!

8. It’s Easy for Me to Make Side Project Dreams into Reality

If you’re anything like me, you probably always have new amazing ideas that you’d like to act on – fast.

Knowing how to build a website or prototype a web app allows me to do just that, without hiring a developer. (Which also saves money.)

This alone – building side projects – was one of the core reasons I began dedicating more time to learning how to build custom web apps, not just making WordPress or eCommerce sites.

I’d guess that 98% of the sites we use day in and out could be classified as web apps. Most blogs, or news sites, and eCommerce sites are web apps. However, content management systems (or CMS) like WordPress or Magento (which does eCommerce) make it easy for even the novice to build a site on said platforms. (FYI: there are tons of CMS’s out there.)

However, as wonderful as these CMS’s are, they do come with limitations. More than just limitations, many come with bloat. (Basically, a ton of features and components that you may not even need.)

A simple web application that I have been trying to build recently is similar to an online quiz. Basically, anyone can visit the site and go through a quiz where at the end results would be given based on their responses.

In this instance, the entire quiz could be executed right in the browser with JavaScript alone. Meaning a person could not come back in the future and see results of their quiz — because nothing is being stored in a database.

Depending on which definition you consult, this scenario may or may not be classified as a web application.

Nonetheless, simply adding user accounts to this quiz example would definitely make it a web app.Because now, information and quiz results for each user will be stored on a database. Meaning, in the future, a user can come back to the site, login and retrieve previous results.

9. I Have a Sense of Self-Reliance and Empowerment

Overall, leveling up my tech skills has allowed me to obtain a greater sense of self-reliance. Like I can tame the wilds on the web all on my own.

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Furthermore, after building a website or application – even a simple one – there is always a feeling of accomplishment. Even reaching a pivotal point on a project or overcoming a problem that has been taking several days to solve can bring on that feeling of achievement.

It’s all pretty empowering.

Everyone has different reasons for wanting to learn how to build websites or applications. When I first decided to dedicate time to learning HTML, CSS, and other basics, it was primarily to earn more money. I saw all these web development jobs in high demand. I also noticed digital skills listed across all sorts of job descriptions. It made sense to get a hold on these desired skills.

However, as I’ve evolved, it’s become much more than earning extra money.

Today, my main motivation to keep gaining skills is not earning more. Instead, I am inspired by creating my own websites/applications, learning from new experiences, and helping others. Which is exactly what I get to do every day.

And I couldn’t be happier.

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