5 Steps to Get A Remote Coding Job From Scratch

It’s no secret that remote coding jobs are plentiful nowadays. Software development jobs make up the majority of online remote job posts. Despite common misconceptions, landing a remote job as a computer programmer is not rocket science.

But how exactly do you get a remote coding job?

Even without a computer science degree, you can land a remote coding job by following this 5-step strategy:

1.) Choose your Technologies

In the world of computer programming, it’s not just about writing code. It’s also about leveraging existing libraries and frameworks as a foundation for building new software.

The technologies that you use depend on exactly what you intend to build. For instance, web applications require different frameworks and programming languages than native iOS/Android mobile apps.

Web Development Stack

A web tech stack typically includes a database, a backend framework, and a frontend UI framework.

Common tech stacks include:

  • LAMP Stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
  • MEAN Stack (Mongo, Express, Angular, Node)
  • MERN Stack (Mongo, Express, React, Node)
  • Django (Python)

However, it’s not uncommon to mix and match different technologies depending on the needs of the project. For example, a web app might consist of a Node.js backend with additional Golang backend microservices.

From a frontend standpoint, you fundamentally have the choice between building an multi-page application (MPA) or a single-page application (SPA).

Most websites on the web are MPAs. They use HTML templates to render individual pages.

However, more advanced web applications are SPAs– and use a Javascript framework like Angular, React or Vue to manage state and render components.

But starting off, don’t get too fancy. It’s best to stick to a common framework as they are industry standard and will help you to land a remote coding job quickly.

If you have no idea what to learn first, consider trying out Node.js and React. Both of them are built on Javascript, so there’s no need to learn multiple programming languages. Also, there are a plethora of online learning resources, a great open-source community and an abundance of remote jobs for Node/React developers.

Native iOS/Android Ecosystem

While web applications are rendered in the browser, iOS and Android apps are rendered natively on the device.

Regardless of whether you choose iOS or Android, you will be able to create apps that can access various hardware on the mobile device. For example, you can write code so that your app can access the camera, microphone, and various sensors of the device.

You’ll also be able to render graphics on the screen to make games and 3D experiences. On newer devices, you can even create Augmented Reality experiences without needing to be a math genius.

Traditionally, native app development required you to use different programming languages for iOS and Android…

iOS Development

Apple’s ecosystem is powered by the Objective-C and Swift programming languages, using the Xcode editor to build Mac and iOS apps. Once built, an iOS app can be published to the App Store.

Remote iOS developer jobs can be found from time to time, but they aren’t as plentiful as web developer jobs.

Android Development

The Android ecosystem uses the Java programming language, along with Android Studio to build and compile Android apps. These apps can be published to the Google Play Store.

Remote Android developer jobs tend to have higher demand than iOS, because good Android developers are far and few between. Salaries for Android developers also tend to be higher.

Cross-Platform Development w/ React Native

The problem with traditional iOS and Android development is that they use different programming languages. That means that in order to build a single app for iOS and Android, you’d need to essentially build two separate versions of the same app. That’s twice the effort.

React Native has led a revolutionary change in how native apps are created. It allows you to use a single programming language (Javascript) to build a native app that runs on both iOS and Android. This can save the developer a lot of time in the process of building and maintaining a native mobile app.

However, a React Native developer must still understand the fundamentals of native iOS programming (Objective-C, Swift) and Android programming (Java) in order to be an effective React Native developer.

React Native is not a complete substitute for traditional native app development. If you intend to find a React Native job, then you’ll still need to brush up on traditional native app dev.

2.) Learn the Basics

Once you’ve chosen which technologies you want to work with, it’s time to buckle down and learn the fundamentals.

Basics of the Frontend Web Development

The frontend is the code responsible for displaying the user interface (UI) of an application on the screen. For a frontend remote web developer job, these aspects should be learned:

  • HTML – Define the components of a web page
  • CSS – Specify the visual style of web page elements
  • Javascript – Dynamically update web page elements
  • HTTP – Make network requests to fetch data from the backend

Basics of the Backend Web Development

The backend is the code responsible for managing the data of the application. It’s not depicted with pretty colors and visuals, but as raw data. To snag a remote backend developer job, you should learn:

  • Building an API – a way for the backend to send data to the frontend
  • Database CRUD – Create, Read, Update and Delete data from a database
  • Containerization – Using Docker to package and run a backend service
  • Microservice architecture – Splitting the application responsibilities into multiple services

Basics of Native iOS/Android Development

For native mobile app development, there is some overlap with web development. But there are a few differences, too. Here are the basics you’ll need to learn for a remote native mobile app developer job:

  • Rendering UI components to the screen
  • Accessing hardware: camera, mic, sensors
  • Making HTTP requests to a backend API
  • Parsing data and rendering it to the screen

3.) Build a Portfolio

Once you’ve learned the basics of software development, then you’ll need to package your skills into something tangible. Building a portfolio means that you put together multiple development projects up for display. This allows potential employers to see your skill level and confidently choose you as the best candidate for a remote coding job.

Github

It’s a playground for coders. Numerous open-source projects can be found on Github. But it’s also a great place for you to add your own coding projects and show off your development skills. Add a Github repo for each of your projects so that others can check out your code.

It’s good practice for developers to add their Github link to their resume. This will give you an advantage over other job candidates who may not include it.

4.) Promote Yourself

Once you’ve harnessed the skills, it’s time to show the world what you’ve got. Promoting yourself online is crucial if you want to get a remote coding job as quickly as possible.

LinkedIn

When it comes to making industry connections with other professionals, no platform does it better than LinkedIn. Once your resume is spruced up, setting up a fleshed out LinkedIn profile is a great way to get some attention.

Through LinkedIn, recruiters will find you in a jiffy and reach out to you for prospective job opportunities. Sometimes company CTOs will reach out to you directly, too.

Personal Blog

A personal blog can also help you to express the way you think about software development. When you learn new technologies and concepts, why not post a blog article about it?

It’ll help you to articulate your thoughts and it’s a great way to document your journey. But best of all, your blog allows a hiring manager to quickly get a gauge for what kind of developer you are– an amazing one.

5.) Apply for Jobs

Finally, you’ve learned the skills, built a portfolio and set up your online profiles for self-promotion. Now’s the easy part: apply for remote jobs! There is no shortage or online job boards to find remote developer jobs.

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