Author: Tatiana Rivers- Tati Rivs Social Media Marketing
Learn The Language Of Code To Improve Your Freelance Career
So much of our world now depends on code. It is the new universal language. Business and society is now being built around this language. It is obvious then, that understanding some basic coding, can have big advantages for your career.
Freelancers especially can benefit from understanding some code. Freelancers mostly work in the virtual world in areas that are highly dependent on technology, such as web and app development and graphic design. Furthermore, with the rise of VR and AI, there are new career paths and niches being formed everyday that all require code. A perfect place for a freelancer to break out.
As a freelancer, you need to be on the cutting-edge of technology to stand out against larger established agencies and get steady business. With an understanding of coding, you can set yourself apart and get better clients that are demanding these new skills.
Fortunately, learning some code, is not very difficult. There are many places where you can learn the basics online. Here is a list of resources where you could teach yourself beginners coding online and for free!
The name of this place does it justice. The Code Academy is a well-known first stop for those looking to begin their coding education. The code academy’s missions is to build the education the world needs - the first truly net native education.
Their mission is to inspire people to become programmers by making code accessible, affordable and fun. With over 200 topics, anything you've been thinking about learning, you can find here. Bento has created a free full stack web development curriculum by top engineers.
One of the original free online coding resources, Khan Academy's mission: You can learn anything. For free. For everyone. Forever. Khan Academy is a great place to get started with coding. With easy-to-follow course sections and step-by-step video tutorials, you will learn the basics in no time.
Codewars offers a fun way to learn coding. With a martial-arts theme, the program is based on challenges called “kata.” Complete them to earn honor and progress to higher ranks. We love this idea!
General Assembly is a free online learning platform. This course is entirely project-based. You build a “project” with each walkthrough.They are one of the very few options that have a course on how to build a Tumblr theme from scratch.
SoloLearn is a social platform where anyone can learn to code. What makes it a bit different is that it's 100% mobile-based. With SoloLearn you get bite-sized lessons and achievements to unlock and interactive quizzes, it's fun to learn and free!
One of the most popular online course sites out there. Coursera offers free classes run by university professors. Coursera is not exclusive to coding but there are many coding courses to be found.
Another popular online education site is Udemy. Udemy offers great video courses on computer programming. Most of the in-depth courses come with a cost, but there are also plenty of free courses which are well suited for beginners.
Udacity is another great source for beginning your coding education. You can pay for their guided courses, which include a personal coach to help you develop your skills and lead you in the right direction, or browse their courseware materials pro bono.
True to it’s name, FreeCodeCamp is just that. It teaches coding first through an established curriculum (approx. 800 hours total), then by giving you hands-on experience working on projects for nonprofits. We like the set up of practical results that you can use on a resume right away.
It is no surprise that Google has developed it’s own coding courses. If you want to learn code, Google's University Consortium offers free courses on:
- mobile/android development
- web development
- programming languages
Note: The materials tend to be catered for more intermediate to advanced users, although there is some content for beginners too.
MIT offers free course content available for you to browse through at your leisure. MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content.
There you have it! We hope this list can help your freelance career! For more tips check out some of out other posts: