Posted October 15, 2018 05:23:33 When you’re first starting out with software, the path to getting paid is often rocky.
That’s because the vast majority of software developers earn little or nothing, according to a study by the nonprofit Software Alliance.
And while many of those earning less earn enough to afford college, many more will end up on the streets, living off public assistance.
But for those with a degree in a subject, like software development, there’s a chance to earn a lot of money.
You just have to figure out how to build the software you want.
So how do you build a software career that pays, and how do the people you hire find them?
First, you need a good idea of what you want to do.
The first step is figuring out what kind of work you want for your career.
And that’s the first step.
“The first step of the process is to figure how many hours you want, how many projects you want and how many clients you want,” says Jason O. Hirsch, the co-founder of Hirsch Consulting, a San Francisco-based consulting firm that helps developers build software careers.
“That’s kind of the magic number.”
When you find the number, you can add that to your job description.
“Then you can make sure you’re not just writing software, but you’re doing other software development related stuff,” Hirsch says.
“So that way you can build a portfolio, and build a resume and build your skills.”
“You don’t need to have an actual career in the field, you just need to want to build a product,” says Mark R. Pinsky, an executive vice president at software industry research and consulting firm iDigital, who reviewed Hirsch’s report.
“And then you can actually go out and start a company.”
For example, if you’re looking to build an online dating app, you might want to focus on building a client database that lets users share photos of each other, or you could use the skills you learned as a software developer to design a database of real people you know.
The next step is hiring.
Software is a fast-moving industry, and hiring in general takes a lot longer than you might think.
“You’re looking at a couple of weeks, maybe a few months,” says Michael K. Nissen, a software development manager at eBiz, an online job board that connects software developers with other software engineers.
“Once you’ve got a great idea and a good fit, you’re going to be working a lot more than you’re used to.”
And because software development can take years to complete, it’s important to hire a qualified person who can do the job.
The key is to find someone who has experience in the software industry.
That includes building and testing applications, as well as building websites and apps.
“I’ve found that a lot software development companies are looking for developers who have experience in web development, mobile development and other types of programming,” says Paul G. Hsieh, who founded eBitz in 2011.
“They don’t really care about the software development part.”
“The biggest challenge for people who aren’t in the industry is finding an experienced programmer to help you learn the language,” says David J. Henn, a former senior software developer at Microsoft who now runs a software engineering consulting firm in Seattle.
“In other words, finding someone who can help you understand the software and to be able to write good software code.”
You can find someone with that experience, Hsie