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.

Web Developer Bootcamp

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I’m excited to invite you to a first of its kind online coding bootcamp that I’m trialling this month, in partnership with Mentive. The bootcamp combines my Complete Web Developer Course with live online classes with mentorship from experienced web developers and additional exclusive hands-on projects.

The bootcamp lasts six weeks and is designed to be taken part-time, investing 8-10 hours a week. It will dramatically improve your learning and chances of success as a web developer, and is now offered at 25% off only to my students. There are limited places and classes starting next week, so sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Each week, you and your classmates will meet virtually with the same mentor for a 1 hour video session. You get to ask questions, discuss the course materials, and work on a series of coding challenges designed by Professor Armando Fox, an award-winning computer science instructor from UC Berkeley.

Whether you want to significantly enhance your learning experience or need that extra motivation to finish the course, I invite you to join our new bootcamp and enjoy:

  • An immersive 6 week live online bootcamp
  • Premium content, designed by UC Berkeley Prof. Armando Fox and me
  • Mentorship and guidance from expert web development mentors
  • Answers to all your questions, live videochats small group classes
  • Real life hands-on projects every week
  • Certificate of completion and a portfolio of real-life projects to showcase your work
  • Only $172 (normally $225) – a 25% off discounted price for students of my Udemy course
  • 100% risk free – love it or your money back

At only $172, this is the best price for any personalised coding program, and it is your cheapest ticket into the lucrative world of web development. If you are not absolutely happy with the experience, you will get a full refund within the first 2 weeks of the course.

There are classes in various time zones and start dates – click here to join the group that works for you and start building beautiful web applications!

Happy coding,

Rob

 

Success Story – Aaron Janke

It’s always nice to hear about students who have found a job with the aid of taking a course. Aaron stumbled across a link for The Complete Web Developer Course on Youtube and now works for the company Deep Space Robots.

aaron_jankeMy name is Aaron Janke, and I was one of your students in your Complete Web Developer Course back in mid 2015, and absolutely loved it. Coming from a background in anything but coding, I followed a link from a YouTube ad, and stumbled into your course – how glad I am that I did!
I fought through the material and, sure, it was crazy difficult at times. I never felt, however, that I wasn’t moving forward, wasn’t growing, and my confidence in web development slowly grew. After completing your course, I purchased several domains on ecowebhosting.co.uk that I could use to help me grow and continue learning more about developing, and I sure used them like crazy! Bootstrap landing pages, WordPress sites, MySQL and PHP projects – I couldn’t stop!
Fast-forward a few months to Christmas time last year, and I landed an interview with a startup web development company. He hired me on the spot based on the bootstrap project I built in your course, gave me a full time job, and has been crazy good to me since then. I now have financial freedom, I can work from anywhere (and I mean anywhere – I’ve learned that some places are more easier than others ) and I am now looking at the future in a new way.

I am constantly blown away by how much this industry has changed – and continues to change – me, and I keep coming back to that course I took last year as the foundation for it all. Without a doubt, there is NO way I would be here without your help. Because of this, I wanted to write and say thank you. You are amazing, and I wanted to encourage you and say that what you are doing is making a difference.

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.

Success Story – Francisco Quintana

There are lots of reasons why people decide to do a online coding course. Some do it just for fun or hobby, some are looking for a change in careers. Francisco decided to take the Complete Web Developer Course to enhance his own career!

francisco quintanaI took the web developer course because of my job in digital marketing. I work on the analytics team. And one of the skills a analytics professional should have is knowing how to program and how the web environment works. I had done the swift IOS 8 programming course and I found it enjoyable so I decided to do this course.
After taking the javascript and jQuery part of the course. I delved deeper into javascript. Your explanations helped me to create a script that helped solve a problem that people were having at the office with one of our daily duties. The problem was that the client’s analytics software couldn’t send the traffic source information to a CRM system. What I did was create a javascript code. That will create a cookie and in that cookie it will store the original traffic source of the user. After that it will send that cookie’s value to the CRM system. I managed to create a reusable piece of code that made our job easier the entire team can use.
Your course taught me about FTP and working with APIs. Our developer team got very busy and completed a task using FTP by the deadline. I mentioned to the project manager that I know how to use FTP. Within 2 hours I had updated the client’s site with the new code and took the workload off our dev team. They were very happy.
Finally our team as been trying to work with Google APIs for quite some time. Most people on the team are marketers not tech people. After taking your course and getting a basic understanding of how to work with APIs. I managed to build a client side web application using one of Google’s API. This web application helped automate a very tedious task of copy and pasting. Our old method we average 3 days to complete these tasks. With the web application now working we got it done in a matter of hours, because now the process is automated.
I work for a digital marketing agency called Jellyfish in the UK. And here are a couple examples of websites I made and I have a new one coming soon.
I am still no expert but I believe I have a solid base to build off.
Tips for future courses:
 
Keep up the challenges they really make a difference.
Making big projects like the BBC website or the secret diary are really good. Because your building something that you can use in the real world. I find when I build real world projects that I use I learn more.
I know your very busy but I would love to do a course on python from you. Or something related to data science, like SQL, R and of course using python data libraries
I will without a doubt be signing up for more courses from you, like the android course and maybe node.js course you have.
Thanks for everything and keep you the amazing work.

Thanks Francisco! Students will be pleased to know that The Complete Web Developer 2.0 course does now have a new section about Python and more coding challenges!

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.

Success Story – Oksana King

Although Oskana did have some coding experience, she subscribed to the Complete Web Developer Course and went through the video tutorials to not only to refresh her skills but find a new job with these skills.

OskanaIt was exactly a year ago when I got interested in web development. I had done a degree in teaching IT which included some programming but forgotten nearly everything after 8 years out of practice, and was teaching English in a language school in Oxford. Before leaving for France for 5 months, my partner, who is a developer, suggested signing up for a Complete Web Developer course on www.udemy.com and I thought ‘Hey why not, and it is discounted as well’. So began the long winter of 2014, with my boyfriend seasoneering in the Alps and me learning to code everyday after work. I guess because he was away I managed to get through a lot of the course and learnt more than in 5 years of being at university! By the end of the course I was determined to change jobs – with my thirst for knowledge I knew that web development would suit me as I would need to keep abreast of changes in this constantly evolving area.

I must say that getting a job with no experience whatsoever was not easy at all, and I was very sceptical of Rob’s claims that you can earn money while learning to code. I registered on various websites, sent a lot of applications for junior positions and internships (which paid half of what I was earning) to no avail, or just to get a reply that I didn’t have experience (unfortunately, a lot of Junior Dev positions require some sort of commercial experience). On the positive side, I did receive a lot of calls from recruitment agencies who were looking for experienced coders, and realising how many jobs there are made me persevere with applying and further developing my skills.

I finally managed to get an interview for a Junior Developer position in a small marketing agency and as they work in C# I thought I wouldn’t get the job -my knowledge of C# was non-existent.In the interview I was asked why I wanted to change jobs so drastically, if I had any experience, what kind of things I´ve been working on in my free time. Of course, I mentioned projects like Weather Predictor and Secret diary and explained how they work. I think the interviewers probably realised that I´d only gone back to programming recently, but I like to think that they saw how passionate and determined I was about web development.

Imagine my surprise when I got the job offer! I was ecstatic and a bit scared at the same time – teaching English and coding are so different and I only knew the basics of web development. I accepted the offer and I haven’t had any regrets despite longer hours and travel distances, lower salary, a few days less holiday and pushing myself way out of my comfort zone (which a lot of people are afraid to do, I guess). I now maintain existing websites and am currently building a store locator using GoogleAPI.

I really enjoy my job because it is very varied – I use HTML, CSS, Javascript, JQuery, SQL, C# and ASP.NET, and yes, I am being paid for learning to code! I am very grateful to my employer for putting their trust in me even though they knew I did not have any experience, and to Rob Percival for creating a course that gave me a solid foundation to build up from.

Well done Oksana! Not only did you complete the course but you have built on those skills by getting a job that lets you learn other web developments skills and more importantly, you enjoy it!

 

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.