Success Story – Jeff Hosler

Starting with small humble projects Jeff Hosler tell how he made his first $1000. He now has a regular income from repeat clients.

jeffhoslerMy name is Jeff Hosler, I have taken several of your courses. The complete iOS 8 Developer Course, Complete iOS 9 Developer Course, and finally the Complete Web Developer course. I had some programming experience from college, but I never actually put anything together. I was hopping between iOS 9 and web developing until I finally decided to stick with web developing.

Your courses are amazing. I never once felt lost, confused, or intimidated. Everything was explained so that anyone could understand what is going on. Rob is very active in the community he created, and there are also other students who will help you as well. Upon completing your course, I made my own website and decided to try out some freelancing sites from advice which I received from your book “How to make $10,000 while learning to code”.

It was very slow, and very hard to find work. Let me be the first to say it is not easy, you are competing with a bunch of other freelancers for even the simplest of jobs. My only advice is to make an appealing website that shows you are a web developer, and to just stick with it. Because I couldn’t find any work, I decided to create my own projects in JS / PHP; and showcased them on my website. I made many things like File Uploading/Sharing, a stat page for a game, and a page that used YouTube API to showcase a channel.

I decided to use two websites to find freelancing work. Freelancer.com and Upwork. I made a lot of bids on both sites, and told myself I would stick with whichever one gave me the first job. The first month I really didn’t get any work, despite me bidding $5 or lower. My website was made with bootstrap, and I guess it didn’t stand out much. I changed my website to what it is today, and I immediately noticed that I started getting responses and interviews. I got my first little job at Upwork, and kept using it since.

Once I put a few personal projects on my website I started getting a bunch of little jobs over the course of 6 months. The first few months I was making between $20-$50 a month. Finally I landed a long term freelancing gig that I have been working for for 5 months now. And Finally made  my first $1000 in November.

Since last month, I have landed two more clients, and I couldn’t be happier. I know that I would not be where I am today without taking Rob’s classes. Thank you for these courses, and thank you include in your courses, and all that you do. I am really excited to continue learning to become a better web developer.

I have 3 big clients right now, that use me for day to day work. The first one is Taxheaven, I got hired by them from word of mouth. I knew a guy who is a Full Stack Developer, and he put in a good word for me. My other two big clients I found on Upwork. I personally believe I landed the job by being completely honest about my work and experience. They both posted jobs stating they were looking for a Junior Level Web Developer. I applied, started that I have only been working for a few months, very willing to learn and accecpt new ideas, gave them some sample projects I worked on, and gave them a low bid based on my experience. Taxheaven pays me $20 a hour, the other two pay me $15 and $10 a hour. Which may seem low to a lot of people, but I believe that at the level I am at right now, the price is fair. That is the last bit of advice I can give, bid low, and give the client a honest description of your experience, and what they can expect from you.

iOS App Round Up

Here’s a few published apps from students of The Complete iOS Developer Course. It’s great to see some refreshing ideas, where they are a further expansion of apps from the course or totally new ones based on simple ideas! Getting a an app published is a great achievement!

 

Entre

entreEverybody has played higher or lower in some form or another, if you haven’t you would have at least an idea of what it is! This is a visually stunning game where two cards are dealt to a each player and you have to guess whether the 3rd card to be dealt is going to be higher or lower the the dealt cards. And to make things a little bit more interesting there’s an element of gambling involved! It’s not real money though, just virtual money which you can’t cast in.

You can get Entre at the Apple Store or this link.

 

Parky My Car

parkymycarHave you ever parked your car somewhere but forgotten precisely where it is? Parky My Car will help provide your car parking location as a reminder.  You have options to take a note or capture landmark beside your car location. Letting you choose your map appearance with a Remind after feature. And you can manage manage your car’s locations through parking history. Providing you with google maps or apple map routes to your car.

Get Parky My Car from here.

 

Pop Quiz – Letter

popquizAn educational app for young children who are learning letters of the alphabet. This app lets them practice learning their letters in an original way. Bubbles are dropped randomly on the screen and the goal of the game is to find and pop the letters before they disappear. Rise up in levels and the balls will fall faster and disappear quicker. Excellent for kids ages 4-10 but equally entertaining for adults.

You can get Pop Quiz Letters from the App Store.

 

 

Fiona The Fish

fionathefishJoin Fiona on an underwater adventure as she collects coins and avoids the deadly shark! Collect coins to unlock extra fun games to play. Collect diamonds to help Fiona swim faster and have access to even more treasure.  There’s whack-a-mole, tic tac toe, hangman, snakes and ladders, snap and more extra games ready to be unlocked. And best of all – there are no in app purchases!

Get Fiona The Fish from the App Store here.

 

Been Wondering

beewonderingA simple scroll tapping game and a Flappy Bird Clone were you control a bee and avoid on coming attacks from enemy bees. A simple screen tapping game which is fun and exciting!

You can check out Been Wondering from the App Store here.

iOS Apps Roundup

We’ve seen quite a few iOS apps submitted in the last few weeks from students of the iOS Developer Course. It’s a shame we can’t feature them all. Check out a few of the apps we’ve managed to feature!

Daddy Alphabet

An easy and fdaddyalphabetun way to introduce alphabets to your toddler associating a letter of the alphabet with the sound of a parents voice in their own time. Parents can record 5 seconds of audio for an alphabet letter. Your child can then tap, swipe, and drag through the alphabet letters. It makes a lot of fun for the kids when they can view the alphabets, followed by an image of the word beginning with that alphabet and listen to the audio recorded by their parents.

Get Daddy Alphabet from the App Store.

 

Badger Bug

badgerbugDo you have a tendency to put boring or difficult things off? Taxes, repairs, calls to plumbers, veterinarians or distant family? The Badger Bug application will bug you to accomplish today what you were deferring until tomorrow! Enter or dictate the task you are constantly putting off, then press START.  It will send to your phone, or your Apple Watch repeated reminders to get it done!  The Friendly Badger has three different levels of intensity, and a lot of encouraging words for you. You can suspend the Badger if you are too busy or unable to complete the task due to physical or mental circumstances. Once you get back, just resume, and the Badger will report for duty.   Get Badger Bug here.

 

Meet Score

meetscoreDesigned for Gymnast coaches MeetScore is a gymnastics meet tracker, which allows you to score both male and female gymnastics competitions. It provides options to post results to social media, email or text results to friends and family. MeetScore is iCloud enabled to ensure your data is backed up.

You can find out for about Meet Score and get it from the App Store with this link.

 

 

MemeTheVote

memethevoteWith the US elections on the horizon MemeTheVote is the easiest way to make the highest quality memes with your original ideas just in time for the election season. You can use your camera, Photo Library, or Yahoo search to find images.  You can share to email, messaging apps, and any social network that your phone recognizes (including Facebook, Instagram, twitter, even Slack!)  Copy your meme directly to Instagram and share from there.

Get MemeTheVote from here.

 

Electro Blast

ekectroblastA simple swipe game you experience the journey of an electron moving in a circuit.  Jump between three wires and stay away from the obstacles heading towards you collecting batteries where you can!

Have a look the game trailer on Facebook.

Get Electro Blast here.

 

 

To Do Next

todonextTo Do Next is a no-frills to do list app that keeps you on top of your most urgent tasks. Countdown to due date is now live & conveniently shown along with each item. Tap on item to reveal specifics. Add new item by clicking on + icon. Swipe left to edit an existing item, delete an item or cross it off by marking it done.

List is sorted by the most urgent (nearest due date) on top or you can choose to sort by name first then due date. Check our To Do Next!

Sales and marketing executive.
3rd degree black belt in Taekwon-Do.
Lives at the gym.
Enjoys burgers and cake.
Likes fast cars and lie-ins.

iOS9 App Roundup

Here’s another round up of some apps published by students of the iOS 9 Developer Course. If you have published an app let us know by email, Facebook or Twitter!

 

Pho Shizzle

phoshizzleFor those who don’t know, Pho is a Vietnamese noodle dish. The app is designed as a one stop app which will display all venues which serves Pho near the user and provides the reviews from online sites like Yelp, Zomato and Google. So you have all the reviews at your finger tips and can decide where to eat! A must have app for all Pho lovers. You can get the app here.

 

 

 

DEA Check

DEA CheckAimed to make life easier for pharmacy technicians in North America, the purpose of this app is to check that the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) number provided by a doctor is legitimate for prescriptions and not forgeries. Looks very easy to use! This app can be purchased from the App Store.

 

 

 

Bar Routlette

bar routletteIf you want to go out for a few drinks but are not sure where then this is the ideal app! Bar Roulette will choose a highly rated bar from ratings from sites like Uber, Yelp and Foursquare and present you with a destination. The author of the app claims that the app will work anywhere in the world where Uber, Yelp and Foursquare are available. So this app would be great to use in a new town or city. Check out Bar Roulette from the App Store.

 

 

Plan D – Daily planning. Reinvented

plannerA daily planner which outlines your daily routines. You can quickly enter your jobs for the day and receive a reminder for when it is due.

You can get Daily Planner Reinvented from here.

 

 

 

 

Simple BP

simple BPIf you take your blood pressure on a regular basis then this is a very useful app. Simple BP will allow you to track your systolic and diastolic measurements readings from over time. It not only logs the results but can present the results in graph format so you can have a glance of the historic results.

Get simple BP from the App Store here.

Sales and marketing executive.
3rd degree black belt in Taekwon-Do.
Lives at the gym.
Enjoys burgers and cake.
Likes fast cars and lie-ins.

iOS App Roundup

Here’s another roundup of apps created using Xcode7 and Swift 2 with a bit of guidance from The Complete iOS9 Developer Course. It’s really great to see lots of apps submitted this month. The only down side is that I can only cover a small number of them. All apps here are available on the Apple App Store.

T Zee Bird

tzeebird

Could this be the new Flappy bird? It’s a top down game where you have a birds eye view (no pun intended)  and you only have two directions where you move your bird either left or right to avoid formations of birds which comes from the other direction.

A very simple game which is enjoyable and addictive but best of all it’s FREE and available from the App Store.

 

 

Leaflets

leaflets

Leaflets is a very interesting social networking app with an interesting concept! You can post articles based on categories or interests like food or gaming. The interface is really clean and well designed. It’s going to be interesting to see how this app evolves as the user base increases.

Definitely worth taking a look.

 

 

Letter Grab

lettergrab

There’s quite a lot of word games available but what sets Letter Grab is a little different. The author describes it as “playing hangman… on an air hockey table… where letters avoid you, and often get in the way”.

So the app not only exercises the brain but tests your patience as well. You can have a look at Letter Grab from the App Store.

 

 

iCountHabits

iCountHabits

Do you want to keep track of the number of times you drink a glass of water a day? Or the number of pages you intend to read in a book? Maybe you intend to exercise daily and intend to perform a number of pushups or situps? If so this app is for you!

The app allows you to setup your habits and set a number for that habit where you can record the number of times you have engaged in that activity. Quite a useful app to track your goals or habits. Check it out here!

 

FMC

fmc

FMC or Find My Car is an app which allows the user to store certain locations which you can recall later. The intention is if you have to park your car in a place you’re not familiar with, you can use the app to save the location and navigate back there later on.

So quite useful if you in unfamiliar territory. FMC is available from the App Store.

 

 

 

If you have published an app you would like to share. Contact Rob by Twitter, Facebook or email.

Sales and marketing executive.
3rd degree black belt in Taekwon-Do.
Lives at the gym.
Enjoys burgers and cake.
Likes fast cars and lie-ins.