In the world of being a computer programmer or software developer, there is a huge opportunity for you to make money online. All you need is the knowledge of coding, programming, and developing software, plus a laptop to get started.
Below, I’m going to list out all the best opportunities for making money online as a computer programmer and software developer.
Also, if you are interested in learning more about becoming a computer programmer, check out the article: How To Become a Computer Programmer
Let’s get into it.
Freelance on Gig Platforms Like Upwork, TopTal, Fiverr, and Craigslist
To make the most money, I’d recommend you stick to platforms like UpWork or TopTal where the overall rate of compensation is higher than say a site like Fiverr.
Starting out on UpWork is also a really good option if you are a beginner programmer since Top Tal only accepts the top 30% of talent in the industry.
Fiverr is OK for doing small little gig programming jobs as well. But lately, it seems as if everyone is working for the cheapest price and it’s a race to the bottom for coders. I still think it’s worth checking out so you can see what is being offered. But, from the research I’ve done on Reddit, it’s getting harder and harder to really make any real money on Fiverr.
Craigslist is still a very powerful way to advertise your programming skills. Also, respond to various gigs that others will post for hiring programmers. Your mileage for finding good programming gigs will vary depending on the city you are in, etc. So, keep Craigslist as an option, but don’t depend 100% on it.
Develop WordPress or Shopify Themes and Plugins
There are a lot of businesses out there that use WordPress CMS for their marketing website and blog. For eCommerce businesses selling online, Shopify is a very popular solution for having an online store.
Since WordPress and Shopify allow for customized themes and plugins, this is a great opportunity for a software programmer.
There’s a huge demand to help businesses fully brand and develop a custom website.
To help these businesses, there are many software companies out there that just specialize in making WordPress and Shopify Themes, as well as Plugins.
Start Your Own Software Business
There are many ideas out there for starting a software business. These days most new software companies are 100% remote.
Usually, the best software companies are started by a successful freelancer who got busy and needed to expand to keep up with all the work. The work can be anything from building websites to building custom software.
Another way to get started is to have a vision for a software solution that will fix a problem for a business. You can then start working on the coding yourself and build a minimally viable product to show off to investors.
Then get some seed money to fund the growth for hiring additional programmers to help bring an entire software product to market.
Regardless of how you decide to build your software company, the main goal is to always be solving problems and providing valuable solutions to businesses.
This will keep the money rolling in and your business relevant in an ever-changing industry.
Get a Full Time Remote Programming Job With The Right Company
Freelancing or starting your own business is not for everyone. Luckily, in recent years, remote jobs have been getting more and more popular, especially for technology professionals.
There are a lot of good and bad tech jobs out there. A lot of what makes a job good from bad is the company you are working for.
When all else fails, you can also try Google Search and networking with friends and colleagues for upcoming opportunities.
In fact, in my experience, some of the best opportunities for work come from people you know or connections from your past.
Teach Others To Code and Program With an Online Video Course
If you hate the idea of coding software day in and day out for a company you might want to consider teaching programming to others.
You might not make much money in the beginning, but if you create a video course and sell it to enough people online, you can do quite well financially.
In order to be successful at selling an online course you need to be passionate about the subject you are teaching so students will keep watching and following your course, so keep that in mind before you get started. Otherwise, this option won’t be for you.
Some options for creating a software development/programming online course and teaching others include:
Udemy – To get started as an instructor all you have to do is plan your curriculum, start filming videos, and launch your course. Udemy also has an entire instructor support team to help you be successful on the platform.
Teachable – To get started on Teachable, it’s 100% free. There are over 100,000 instructors on the platform now so it’s pretty well established. There is also an award-winning support team to help you along the way. Like Udemy, you’ll create teaching videos to upload to the platform.
With either of these options to make a lot of money, you’ll need to build an audience of your own to advertise your course too. So, it will help if you promote your courses with a Blog or Youtube Channel, so keep that in mind!
Start Your Own Technology Blog
Do you enjoy writing content about technology, coding, software development, hardware, and general computing? If so, then starting a blog to share your thoughts and teach others what you know could be very profitable for you.
And on top of that, it takes a much lower sum of money to launch a blog vs. the large investments many software projects require.
For example, I started my blog for about 100 dollars and a 10 – 15 hour per week time commitment. After blogging for about a year I saw great results and I have many different options for monetizing my writing.
Overall, I’ve found the experience of blogging very rewarding. Mostly because you get to write your own articles and watch your readership grow over time.
Your readers will stay the most engaged with your content if you can spend some time researching what their biggest problems are, then present solutions in your articles for them.
Making an App for Mobile Devices Like iPhones and Droids
Back when the iPhone first launched in 2007 people first became connected with the idea of having apps on a mobile device and not just a personal computer.
Before the iPhone, we had smartphones such as the BlackBerry and the Palm which did feature what we thought were apps at the time, but it turns out those so-called apps were just utilities in my opinion.
Anyways, because of the success in sales the iPhone has had, Google followed with the Droid phone.
Both of these platforms have helped fuel a boom in building mobile apps, it really kicked off in 2010 and has been gearing up ever since.
If you are thinking about making an app for iPhone or Droid, you want to do a lot of research ahead of time and make sure there is a true need for it. Over the last 15 years since the iPhone first launched, it seems like there are a lot of apps and the market is extremely over-saturated.
So to put it bluntly, don’t just make another app that does nothing and try to make money, you really need to design something that solves a problem for people.
Building an app could be a very costly investment of time and money, it will hurt if you launch something and find out later on it’s a flop.
Fix Bug Bounties and Get Handsomely Rewarded
Many big tech companies offer rewards to programmers who can help them spot bugs and security issues in their code. Some companies pay out a few thousand dollars or more per bug that is reported to them.
But, you have to be careful how much time you spend doing this. Mostly because you will end up making a lot of submissions for bugs, then find out, someone before you has already reported it.
So because of the competition of others, there is no guarantee of getting paid for every single bug you discover.
Even with the competition, it’s hard to ignore the amount of money that is flowing into bug bounties.
Check out this article to learn more about how much money people are making in rewards from bug bounties.
To learn more about the basics of Bug Bounties and getting started, check out this thread I found recently over at Quora.
Some of the biggest companies out there are paying bug bounties. Such as Apple, Microsoft, Quora, and many many others. I recommend you do some research on Google to find out more.
Contribute to Technical Blogs as a Freelance Writer
Earlier we discussed making money with a Technology Blog. If you are not interested in starting your own site but still want to write articles about tech and coding, you can become a freelance writer and contribute articles to other tech blogs and publications.
Many established publications pay their writers decent money for articles that get published. Oftentimes a few hundred dollars or more per article.
To get started, you need to learn more about becoming a freelance writer. Recently I wrote an article about this exact topic, I recommend you check it out below.
Once you are an established freelance writer and have some writing samples in your portfolio, it will be easy for you to pitch various tech websites and get your articles published.
Before pitching to a website you might want to know what they pay first. Luckily for you, Contently has a database that shares the rates of what each site might pay, check it out here: Contently Publication Rates Database.
If you wish to just write tech articles and get paid by the word, you can certainly do that by working on various freelancing platforms like Upwork or Writers Access, or by just doing ghostwriting for a technology business, etc.
Start a Software Development YouTube Channel
YouTube is a great website for Technology Professionals who know programming, coding, and development. It’s the second largest search engine on the internet, right behind Google.
People seek out YouTube to learn about programming, scripting, web design, computer repair, and all kinds of how-to information relating to technology.
For both of these creators, their earlier videos were more technical than their recent videos. If you watch enough of their videos they do explain why that is and it mostly has to do with the way YouTube has evolved for their particular niche over the years.
Recently, I’ve also discovered Stefan MisChook, he mostly teaches ideas about programming, web design, and business. It’s a very well-put-together channel with tons of value added in.
For you to get your YouTube channel started, I recommend you first watch other YouTube creators in the tech industry.
You can also check out an article I published recently about how to become a YouTuber.
With enough time in front of the camera making videos, you’ll be ready to monetize your YouTube channel in no time!
In a world of so many choices and opportunities, always remember you have a new path to go down if the existing one is not working out for you.
The Tech Industry is no exception, there are always new paths opening up every single day.
I hope this article helps you decide the best path forward, as you pursue your dream of making money online as a computer programmer or software developer.