5 Proven Ways to Make Money as Software Developer

In this blog post, I am going to share 5 proven ways (my experience) to make money as a Software developer.

If you are a Software engineer or Software developer then you have a good opportunity to make money in different ways. So I have tried 5 different ways to make money as a Software developer and I have succeeded hence I thought I could share these ways with you guys so that you can also start using these different ways to make money as a developer.

The most common one is to have a regular job at some IT company so apart from having a regular job, you can also make money in different ways as a developer. So In this article, I am going to share different ways you can money as a developer apart from your regular job.

Without further ado let's get started.

1. Freelancing

The first way is freelancing, you can work as a freelancer with multiple clients as per your availability and earn lots of money. There are a lot of freelancing popular platforms out there, for example, Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer etc they offer freelancing project work to the developers. 

Let me give you some of the popular freelancing websites so that you can just try it out:

Fiverr - Fiverr is one of the top freelancer websites that connect freelancers and businesses digitally, under one roof. Fiverr has an impressive and extremely comprehensive assortment of professional service offerings with more than 250 categories. Fiverr is easy-to-navigate and is a good place to start for beginners

Upwork - Upwork is the world’s biggest freelance marketplace with more than 12 million registered freelancers and close to five million registered clients. Upwork freelancing is best for those who are looking to work on specialized and elaborate projects. It covers diverse areas such as web, mobile and software development, design & creativity, writing, sales, customer service, and much more.

Freelancer - The freelancer platform is a boon for small businesses that require talent and need help in several tasks from logo design and website development to writing and marketing. The website has a user-friendly interface and is simple to use.

For more best freelancing websites, check out this post at https://webflow.com/blog/freelance-websites.

Advantage of freelancing:

Freedom of Clients - Freelancers have the unique ability to choose the clients they work with. They also have the ability to work with many clients or only a few select clients. 

Control of Workload - Another benefit of freelancing is the ability to choose your workload. You can work as much or as little as you want, and you can choose projects that are meaningful to you. You get to focus on the work you love without the distractions of a full-time job like meetings, office politics, office distractions, etc

Time Flexibility - It comes with immense freedom to work anytime, from anywhere in the world as long as the job is well done and on time.

2. Create Your Own Blog Website and monetize it

The second way is to create your own blog website and monetize it. You create your own blog website and publish high-quality content. If you get more traffic on your blog website then you can monetize your blog website.

There can be different ways you can monetize your blog website. For example:

  • Advertisements - Google Adsense, Media.net, InfoLinks, etc 
  • Sponsorships
  • Become an affiliate and promote other people’s products - Amazon
  • Promote your own products like ebooks, online courses, youtube videos etc
  • Get paid to write articles for publications

My blog website (https://www.javaguides.net/) has around 1 million views per month and you can see a lot of ads on my blog website so basically, I monetize my blog website with a Google AdSense program and I make decent money from Google Adsense program. In this way, you can create your blog, publish high-quality content and monetize via ads.

3. Write and Sell Ebooks

The third way is to write and sell ebooks so if you are good in some subject then obviously you can write an ebook on it and you can sell it on different platforms like Amazon, Gumroad, Payhip etc. Amazon is a very popular platform over there you can sell your ebooks or physical books.

For example, if you are good at web development then you can write an ebook on web development and you can sell on Amazon or any other popular ebook selling platforms. If you are good in backend technologies then obviously you can write an ebook on it and you can sell an amazon or any other platforms.

4. Create a YouTube Channel and Monetize It

You can create a youtube channel and publish high-quality content on it, once you get a good amount of traffic on your youtube channel then you can make money in different ways:

  • YouTube ads - Google AdSense program (Become a YouTube Partner and earn from ads)
  • Sell products or merchandise
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Promote your own products
  • Channel memberships: Your members make recurring monthly payments in exchange for special perks that you offer.
  • Merch shelf: Your fans can browse and buy official branded merchandise that’s showcased on your watch pages.
  • Super Chat & Super Stickers: Your fans pay to get their messages highlighted in chat streams.
  • YouTube Premium Revenue: Get part of a YouTube Premium subscriber’s subscription fee when they watch your content.

Check out my YouTube channel below from which I am making money:


5. Create Online Courses

If you have good teaching skills then go ahead and create online courses on your expertise. Publish your online courses on popular platforms like Udemy, Pluralsight etc and make lots of money.

I found this is the best way to make money as a developer. You can start creating online courses on your expertise or on a particular subject that you are having a good experience then you can sell your online courses on your own platform or third-party platforms like Udemy, Pluralsight, etc.

All right, these are the five ways you guys can try out to make money as a developer. Apart from these five ways, you may find different ways to make a money as developer but these are five ways I have tried and succeeded.

YouTube Video

I have explained this topic very well in my below YouTube video: