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Well, well well…
A few of you think ol’ JMO was wrong in a recent episode of the John Morris Show. (How dare you!)
Here’s the link to that episode for a refresher:
But, the gist of it was that you CAN start taking clients even if you only know HTML & CSS… and I was also kind enough to explain how to do it.
Now, I also off-hand mentioned that most clients don’t care much about languages or if you use dev tools. And, they don’t! Maybe 1 in 1000 clients will really care that you’re using PHP or HTML or whatever languages you use.
Most won’t… not really.
Well, that sent the kids into a frenzy. Here’s some of the pushback I got:
“Many clients care about what are developer skills. Even freelancing websites give weight to skill tests. Probably, if a freelancer has rich portfolio or large number of clients then they can ignore skills but then that freelancer never think about this question.”
And this one:
“Pure coders will always get the top 20% of clients. Saying that a pure coder doesn’t necessarily think about how something is used is very incorrect. As a software engineer it is what I mainly think about!”
So, did I mislead you?
I think I thoroughly debunked these objections in the episode above, but, real quick…
Clients do care about skills (note I actually said languages not skills) but ONLY in the context of: “Will said skill lead to said developer getting me the end result I’m after?”… which was my point.
Most clients won’t even really know what PHP or MySQL or whatever is…
Let alone care that much about it.
The point being… you can take clients if you can deliver end results. The languages don’t really matter. And, if you use a tool like WordPress or a good site-builder… ultimately clients don’t really care, either.
And look, I’m not trying to be a a-hole here.
I just see so many new developers who have all these mental road-blocks of what they think they’re “supposed to” do… often put there by other know-it-all developers… that stop them from chasing their career dream.
Don’t listen to the know-it-alls. You can do this… and probably a lot sooner than you think. Just trust your instincts and go for it.
Anyway, give the episode a listen for the full takedown.
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