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Learning to code takes time and you got to have a natural flair for it. You have to understand why you want to start programming, and the type of programming language suits you best. Here are ways to make money as a coder in campus.

Developing codes for sale. Most coders in campus focus too much on developing software and submitting flawless projects that they don’t think about commercialising their products.  Most students don’t consider their projects worthy enough to start making them some money as early as in campus. They are too skeptical about entrepreneurship. Exploit the untapped market in the school. Completing coding projects for other students in campus, this is no doubt one of the easiest ways to make money in campus as a coder. Not all students are always as good as you or understand a particular project as well as you might. Therefore, they are really in need for some help completing their projects. You can as well assist at a fee.

Software installation and maintenance for other students. Not all students undertaking a certain course in campus are always computer literate. Some don’t even know the basics. Therefore, when it comes to matters to do with software installation or maintenance, it poses a great challenge to them. In addition to that, most students don’t understand many things about software apart from IT students, so as a coder you have advantage here. You can become the bank of software in campus, where if anyone needs a cracked software then you are the ‘plug’.You can also offer maintenance services for a couple of bucks. Most times softwares crushes especially because of the huge projects students have to undertake, so if you specialise in repair and maintenance, you can make some money.

Graphic designing for logos, posters and newsletters.  As a coder, graphic design shouldn’t be a hard thing to learn. It’s an easy skill that you can learn through online tutorials and step by step guides on YouTube. You can make some money off this skill by designing logos for startups in campus, creating posters for events and elections and finally creating newsletters for club’s magazines.

Creating utility service applications. The demand for utility service softwares is good among students and youth since they simplify tasks. You can identify and create a utility service application.


Freelancing online.  This is the most common way to make money as a coder. You can freelance online and employ your coding skills to create softwares or codes for other students.The following sites can help you with this journey: Upwork, Studypool and Freelancer. They are a perfect side hustle option for campus students and a good way to  finance your start up.

Mentorship programs in high schools.  Once you become really good in coding, you can always approach various institutions like high schools to offer mentorship lessons to young students. You can apply to various high schools, and even come in as a computer teacher. This can work for you especially during the long holidays.

For more information on the grind grab a copy of The Outsyder in The Nairobian every Friday.

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