Hello dear readers,
How do you do?
Today, on the Gist With Noble, our guest is a tech bro who makes millions from the comfort of his home. He is going to give us an insight on how his journey has been and a few tips on how to be a tech bro/sis, so let’s dive in!
Can we meet you?
Tech Bro: I’m a frontend web developer, I currently work at a Startup based in Portugal.
Interesting, how did you become a web developer?
Tech Bro: Well, funny story actually. When I finished secondary school, I used to read a lot and I always had so many websites that I used to read/download from. So, I equally wanted to build a website where people could get every book they ever wanted to read. So before I got admitted into the university, my dad sent me off to learn desktop publishing (that’s Microsoft word, excel, etc.). While I was there, I saw people learning web development, and I got hooked. When I entered the university, in 200L, we took a computer science course, and that really got my interest running. The rest from there is history ?
That’s great, so for you, it’s really about passion and not money?
Tech Bro: it started as a passion, but now, to be honest, it’s mostly about money.
How much money are we talking about here?
Tech Bro: I currently do 2 jobs, but that’s temporary. My major role pays the equivalent of 1.3Million NGN per month.
Ha mad sooooo!!!
Please sir, where dem dey learn this web development thing?
Tech Bro: There are many places online really.
Enlighten us oooo
Tech Bro: So to learn programming for free, your top resource would be freecodecamp.org. You can also check w3schools.com for a gentler (but not so modern) approach. Paid websites include udemy.com, (really cheap. Just search for web development and you’ll get great options). Also udacity, coursera, etc. I highly recommend Udemy tho.
Hmmmm, so how long does it take to be a professional web developer?
Tech Bro: Well, everyone’s journey is different. It took me 2 years to get my first serious role. I was a student and I was exploring different options. People have gotten jobs 6 months after they started learning so there’s really no particular time frame.
Amazing, what do you think helped you get better? Did you have a mentor? Or was it just learning and learning from those websites?
Tech Bro: I didn’t have a mentor (at least not initially) and that was one of my problems. I mostly just learned from many different places. Also, it used to be a lot harder, nowadays there’s a lot of communities and new resources spring up everyday.
So what would you recommend for someone that wants to go into tech?
Tech Bro: Well, my advice would be to first do research into all the available fields and opportunities. Read people’s stories online, and most importantly, carve out a path for yourself. roadmap.sh has some great roadmaps that can be used for reference.
You mentioned available fields and opportunities, can you shed more light?
Tech Bro: For Software Development, we have:
– web development
– mobile development
– UI design
– Data science
– copywriting (most common)
– Technical writing (you will have to be able to do technical research)
– UX writing
And then there is digital marketing but the ones that don’t involve coding are;
– UI design
– Digital marketing
So me seff like this I’m a tech sis *happy dance* lol.
Now tell us, how does it feel like making millions from the comfort of your home???
Tech Bro: ???. Well, there’s no better feeling really.
If there was anything you would have done differently, what would it be?
Tech Bro: I would have joined a community very early on. That’s one thing that could’ve really accelerated my career. But besides that, I have no regrets, I’ve been pretty lucky.
Hmmm great! This has been really inspiring but please can you be a bit clear with the money aspect. Like how much salary did you start with few years back and how did it go from there because I know this million didn’t come overnight.
Tech Bro: I got my first gig for 20k (NGN) in 2017. But my first full time job was for a client in Maldives in 2018, the pay was 500$ monthly (around 150k at the time) and it was a contract gig that turned into a job. Before that, I’d gotten 40k/month contract jobs, i even once went to lagos for 3 weeks to work on a gig that paid 30k ?.
After that remote role, I got a full time role in Lagos, almost 2 years after the first one I mentioned, December 2019, the pay was 200k and it came with accomodation. It was pretty sweet for me at the time.
Guess what? 4 months after that, in March 2020, I moved to working for a bank (contract position), pay was 400k. My mind was blown, I was the king of my world but only a few months after that, I got a role with a company in the US that paid the equivalent of 900k NGN monthly. I was there for a year.
I recently got a new job with a Portugese startup that pays the equivalent of 1.3 million naira monthly.
So in summary, I’d say my growth was pretty slow for my first 2 professional years but then took a leap from there.
Madddd oooooo!!! Omooo, tech is the new Oil and Gas. My head aff burst ????, I don’t know how to continue from here, talk about growth!!!!
Hmmmmm, my dear readers, hustle ooooo!!
Till I come your way next time..
Lots of love,