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  1. #1
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    What Do I Need To Know To Start Working For Clients?

    Hi guys.

    Two months ago I decided to start learning web development and make it my career. I started with no prior experience and I'm spending 7-8 hours per day playing with code. And it's going well so far. I spent the first month getting comfortable with HTML & CSS and the second familiarizing with JavaScript (will probably spend another one getting more comfortable).

    Now I'm looking ahead and I'm wondering which should be my next step.

    Note that my goal is to get my hands dirty and start working for clients as soon as possible. My target is actually to start working on smaller projects on sites like oDesk and Elance (or work found on forums such is this one) after only 6 months or so (maybe do some projects for free first). I heard this should be doable (Though I won't be disappointed if it takes me a bit longer).

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not in web development because I heard there's quick money to be made. I am well aware that 6 months of learning is only the beginning. And I'm ready to learn all the stuff that makes a good web dev anyway. What concerns me is the order in which to learn.

    So, to sum up:

    What should I learn to be qualified enough to tackle some real life projects from clients as soon as possible?

    I've heard many people recommand to continue with a server side language after HTML & CSS and JavaScript. I have also been advised to pick a content management system. What do you guys recommand (having in mind the bold question above)?

    Design is not so my thing.

    Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

  2. #2
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    Start by focusing on developing your ability in one specific area of programming. For example, master the HTML design and begin by building websites or something of the like. If you try and learn everything all at once you will need a much longer period of time in order to get to where you want to go. You can hire other freelancers to fill in the gaps of a website you don't yet know how to do. As you gain clients and learn more “on the job” so to speak, you will be able to provide additional services that will make you more valuable in the market place. Don't allow not knowing to hold you back because there are other people who do know you can hire to help.


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