Note: This article is aimed at people who are unfamiliar with web development, as opposed to the other articles on my website which tend to be written for a more technical audience.
Many times I’ve heard or seen someone asking about ideas for ways that they can make a little extra money from home. The majority of these requests are from women that are stay-at-home mothers. That’s worth noting only because the responses therefore tend to gravitate towards Mary Kay, Athena, Silpada, etc., and which are essentially sales jobs with small commissions. I’m not knocking those jobs. Lot’s of people have personalities that are perfect for that type of job, and they have no problem making the commitment necessary to make it worth their while. But I would wager that there are just as many people for whom those types of jobs just don’t appeal to. Considering that, I am always tempted to answer with “try your hand at web development.” The inevitable response to that has been “but, I don’t know how to program!” That is a valid concern, but it’s also not an entirely accurate one. (more…)