We can all agree that the internet isn’t going anywhere. Surely not in our lifetimes.
If you can offer a valuable internet-based skill then you’ll have an opportunity to make a high-level income.
One of the most popular online skills to obtain over the last 20+ years has been web design and development.
Not only is the skill very much in demand today, the profit margins can be absolutely huge which means a great chance for you to produce an income with your new skill.
Business owners usually have no idea how to operate on the internet. Especially an intricate art like web design and development.
They’ll be willing to pay you to satisfy that need for their company.
Great, so you’re thinking about getting into web development. Well, not all of them are created equal.
There are front-end developers and back-end developers.
The front-end people handle everything that you see on a website. They make it look good and feel good. Their job is to make it look good enough to keep you on that web page.
The back-end developers are the people who take care of everything that you can’t see when you visit the site. Things like programming.
They’re making everything function well to provide a top notch user experience.
The distinction between the two is extremely important because the skills required are completely different.
The golden ticket is being able to do both. True, you can find work by offering one or the other but when you can do it all you make yourself so much more valuable.
These people are called “full stack” developers.
A potential client would love to have one person in charge of the whole job instead of having to hire multiple people. It makes things so much easier for them from a communication standpoint.
The ones that possess both of these skills are among the most valuable entrepreneurs that you’ll find doing business online.
Everyone thinks web design and development is terrifying and difficult. It can be if you don’t find the right person to learn it from.
What I’ve done is scoured a site called Udemy. It’s a platform that you can visit to learn almost anything. I’ve sifted through many web development courses and compiled a list of the top 6.
Udemy offers so many different courses that as a beginner you can be very overwhelmed since you don’t know what you’re looking for.
Hopefully I can guide you in choosing one that works best for you.
Brad Hussey, Ultimate Web Designer & Developer Course
The reviews that this course has gotten on Udemy pretty much speaks for the quality of it. That’s why it’s in the heralded top seller section on the site.
The reviews alone will tell you all you need to know here. People have flat out seen results and they see them quickly.
Brad encourages every student to learn by doing. Even if you don’t know it all quite yet he wants you to jump in and do it. Even learn through some mistakes if you have to.
But don’t expect to be sitting around too long before you’re working on your first site. It’s not all theory and philosophical teachings here.
He’ll guide you through 23 unique projects to build up your skill set. Some of the tools you can expect to work with are CSS3 and HTML5.
Once you push through those guided projects you’ll be off to tackle your own project that you build alone. That’s exactly how you establish that level of confidence you need to do it on a client’s project.
I think the cost of the course is also what helps it stand out over some other courses offered on Udemy.
Some of these trainings that we’ll cover are for beginners, like Brad’s course above. This isn’t one of those.
Java has been in use for quite a while now and yet it’s still one of the most used systems in today’s day and age.
You’re likely to find someone that’s been dealing with Java for years and they’re still perplexed by it at times. In this course you’ll learn that most times it’s due to developers not truly understanding how the system operates.
The in-depth nature of this training will allow you to comprehend the applications and how to debug Java issues much better.
Stephen Grider, The Complete Developer’s Guide to MongoDB
In order to take this course you should already have a solid foundation in web development. This course is similar to the last in that it’s not for the beginner.
Specifically an understand of full stack and nodes. If both of those boxes are checked then you’ll have trouble finding a better program on Udemy.
The main purpose of this course is to learn everything there is to know about MongoDB. It’s got to be the most used database solution system at this time.
IMO one of the best features of the course is all of this testing that is done. You’ll have to pass several tests on modules throughout the training so you can gauge how well you’re retaining what you’re learning.
Many other programs fail to help you track that. You don’t want to get to the end only to realize you forget everything.
I think it’s important to point out how much Stephen assists the students that go through the program. That’s a HUGE plus IMO.
Modern React with Redux
This is another training that’s led by Stephen Grider. Above we talked about his course that’s built for the developers that have a prior background. Modern React with Redux is the exact opposite as it is made for beginners.
React is more of a future play as the technological advancements continue to happen.
There’s two different paths that you can go down with this one. One if you’re an absolute noob and another if you have a small background but you’re wanting to grow.
But you do have access to both. So if you want to refresh what you know then just start on the path with a lower difficulty.
Maybe you’ve never even heard of Redux and that’s okay. It’s should also be seen as an opportunity to get ahead of the game.
Redux operates alongside React and that means you’ll be able to scale apps quicker. That means more income for you.
Rob Percival, The Complete Node.js Developer
Similar to the first one we cover, this is all about getting your feet wet and learning by doing.
Node.js is the main focus of this course and you’ll be educated on every aspect of it. It’s used by many to build network programs like servers.
If you can add this to your tool belt as a full stacker then you’ll be set for quite a while.
If you go check out reviews on this course you’ll find a theme, the teachers are incredible. And you get two for one.
Andrew Mead is an established professional in web development and has been in the game for years. He also has plenty of experience teaching other people how to do the same thing.
He really does have an impeccable reputation in the community.
And then you add Rob Percival to the mix and you’ve got a top notch duo of teachers that have your best interest in mind.
Ask almost anyone that’s gone through this course and they’ll tell you that these guys make the time to answer any question or concern you will have.
IMO that’s one of the most important features that any online course can provide to it’s students.
Colt Steele, Web Developer Boot Camp
This is the best option of any of the courses that I’ve listed. Colt Steele is a fantastic teacher and the massive amount of content in here is incredible.
Yes he has the knowledge but he also does a great job of relaying that information to his students. That can probably be credited to his professional teaching background in web development.
Why wouldn’t you want to learn from this guy?
It’s one of the few courses that you’ll find that can be tailored for a noobie or an advanced student looking to refine or refresh their skill.
I think all of that in addition to the “learning by doing” aspect of this course makes it stand out above the rest. You’ll be jumping in head first on projects from the get go.
He has teaching assistants available constantly to answer any questions that you have. Whether it’s a beginner question or you’re doing work for someone and you need help solving a problem
How I Make 6 Figures Online
I’ve never been the kind of person that’s had a huge interest in learning how to code. I do think it’s fascinating but it’s not what I’d want to do forever.
I do local lead generation because it allows me to work on my own projects and properties as opposed to getting paid to work on someone else’s.
When you’re doing work for someone else they can just decide to stop paying you monthly or they just stop when the project is complete.
In local lead gen I build digital assets and send my leads to business owners for compensation.
This is just one of the properties that I currently send leads from. It’ll make me $650 this month and it’s been doing so since the time I built it.
There’s quite a bit of web design involved in the business but it’s not as technical as some of the things you’ll learn in the courses I listed above.
And yet it’s much easier to scale a business in local lead gen even with a less difficult skill to learn.
Take a peek at the coaching program here if this is something you’d like to take a closer look at.