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ratholos731

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Hello, everyone, firstly, I am honored and humbled that MJ DeMarco allowed me into this space with you all and for that I am thankful. I have read the Millionaire Fastlane and Unscripted(Audible version only but have the text copy), but I read it passively and did not internalize everything that he spoke about so I am rereading it. My name is Joseph Dominguez, and I am 23 years old living Los Angeles, CA. I am about 45 pounds overweight(I am 5'10''), and I have much work to do. I am studying web development and specifically, I want to specialize in ecommerce development(supplying the shovels in a Gold Rush so to speak, in my case, Shopify development). Look forward to working with you all.
 

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TheKingOfMadrid

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supplying the shovels in a Gold Rush so to speak, in my case, Shopify development
Have you done the work to make sure this is still the case? I don't know that much about the field but in terms of app development people tell me that much like all stores now (ios/play) there are the top 10% that make the lionshare of the profit and everyone else makes peanuts because of the sheer amount of duplicate and free apps on the platform now.

From my understanding its a volume game and you need thousands of apps.

I know that the shopify-dev page says the 'earning-potential' is 275K a year but what's the potential you can earn that?

And also - how long will it take to get the skills to do it?
 

ratholos731

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Have you done the work to make sure this is still the case? I don't know that much about the field but in terms of app development people tell me that much like all stores now (ios/play) there are the top 10% that make the lionshare of the profit and everyone else makes peanuts because of the sheer amount of duplicate and free apps on the platform now.

From my understanding its a volume game and you need thousands of apps.

I know that the shopify-dev page says the 'earning-potential' is 275K a year but what's the potential you can earn that?

And also - how long will it take to get the skills to do it?
Well, my ultimate goal is to be a freelance developer focusing on anything ecommerce: things such as WordPress, Magento, WooCommerce, other things like that and I am still fairly new at it, and I do lyft to make money right now, so what I am also doing is focusing on learning the skills to land me a web developer entry level position because regardless, if I become a successful freelance developer or not, I have to work to make money but lyft offers no earning potential in terms of increasing my value, so my entire focus is on web development specifically(HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, SQL), but on the side to get experience I was going to practice more on Shopify, and I know, most developers dont make that 275k/year and if they do they have much experience in development, I do not. Honestly, I think about 6 months to learn, but I don't think by any means profitable because I also have to learn outreaching, marketing, connecting to the right groups, so I am still in the early stages. I just want experience in freelancing(i.e., handling objects, making mistakes, if it is a good business venture or not). Well I know ever since the beginning of COVID, a lot of businesses that did not have an active online presence have to start if they want to survive, so that is what I based it off of. Any suggestions you may have for me, I am open to, maybe you know something I do not. Also, I do not have everything figured out, so this might change as I actually get some exposure to what I am doing. I am still learning. Thank you for your time.
 

TheKingOfMadrid

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My suggestion is to begin working on upwork as soon as you feel confident enough to. Basic projects, fixing stupid CSS problems or redefining basic problems - even testing (i.e API testing, Automation).

Don't learn to code for a skill, learn to code to solve problems. A lot of basic stuff people could do - but they don't have time - you do so you can make money.

The sooner you start earning the quicker you will begin building up confidence in your own abilities and begin building the portfolio you absolutely need.

I've lost track of the amount of snowflakes that apply for front end positions with no experience and no portfolio but a "hard working attitude" - this isn't school anymore you either save me time or you make me money - ideally both.

Also begin conceptualizing the world in problems - what problems with the lyft app could be improved? how could you put yourself in the middle?

Don't be a dork and read about coding for months on end doing nothing, get experience, learn the ropes, feel the pressure to deliver and you'll learn at an exponential rate.

In reality you'll struggle to learn a lot in 6 months, but make sure you get the basics down.

Literally right now - go to upwork, find a basic development/design job with a good description and learn how to do that because you can gurantee if that one person has that problem then many others do.

Also - don't get down or low on self belief, a lot of people will say "don't be a coder it's over saturated" - it's mostly over-saturated with low skill - low value people that call themselves a developer.

Also - pro tip here but - learn to sell, this alone combined with coding skills will make you irreplaceable to start ups.
 

ratholos731

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Apr 26, 2021
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My suggestion is to begin working on upwork as soon as you feel confident enough to. Basic projects, fixing stupid CSS problems or redefining basic problems - even testing (i.e API testing, Automation).

Don't learn to code for a skill, learn to code to solve problems. A lot of basic stuff people could do - but they don't have time - you do so you can make money.

The sooner you start earning the quicker you will begin building up confidence in your own abilities and begin building the portfolio you absolutely need.

I've lost track of the amount of snowflakes that apply for front end positions with no experience and no portfolio but a "hard working attitude" - this isn't school anymore you either save me time or you make me money - ideally both.

Also begin conceptualizing the world in problems - what problems with the lyft app could be improved? how could you put yourself in the middle?

Don't be a dork and read about coding for months on end doing nothing, get experience, learn the ropes, feel the pressure to deliver and you'll learn at an exponential rate.

In reality you'll struggle to learn a lot in 6 months, but make sure you get the basics down.

Literally right now - go to upwork, find a basic development/design job with a good description and learn how to do that because you can gurantee if that one person has that problem then many others do.

Also - don't get down or low on self belief, a lot of people will say "don't be a coder it's over saturated" - it's mostly over-saturated with low skill - low value people that call themselves a developer.

Also - pro tip here but - learn to sell, this alone combined with coding skills will make you irreplaceable to start ups.
I appreciate your feedback and will do, that was more or less my plan, but I did not know it as thorough as you have just listed out thank you, really, for spending your time guiding me. I never thought about it like that, "Conceptualizing the world in problems, that mindset is extremely helpful
 

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