Ways to Make Money as a Developer — Selling and Promoting

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Software development is a great skill to have in the modern world.

We can take advantage of it by making money in multiple ways.

In this article, we’ll look at some ways we can make money as a developer.

Sell Swag

You can sell swag to customers.

If they’re interesting, then people may buy it.


A newsletter is something that lets you keep in touch with your audience.

You collect emails from people that are interested in you and you can send out newsletters regularly to keep them looking at useful information and promotions you send out.


Software development is an expertise that not everyone has.

Therefore, there’s a market for people that needs your help.

They may need help with some programming problems and other things.

If you can help people and they know you exist, then you will get the opportunity to make money with coaching.

Trading Bot

If you’re interested in trading various securities, you can automate trading with your own bot.

If you’re confident about it, then you can let it sit and make money for you.

Of course, trading always has risks, so you don’t want to let it run without watching it.

Paid Coding Challenges

If you’ve mastered programming, then you can join coding challenges like hackathons, bug hunts, and more and make money.

Of course, to make money, you have to win.

So this isn’t the most reliable source of income out there.

But if you like to solve hard problems, the paid coding challenges are what you’re looking for.


With the income you get from programming, it’s a good idea to invest them since accruing interest means you get more income.

Now you can buy and sell various things like ETFs, mutual bonds, stock, etc. without a broken.

However, now you have to be informed of their risk and potential reward before putting money on them.

Sell Templates and CMS Plugins

You can sell templates for popular content management systems like WordPress or Joomla.

Many people can’t code and want a customized website.

They’ll buy WordPress themes put them on their site.

If your theme does what they want, then you’ll get their business.

You can sell your theme on Theme Forest.

Also, you can sell WordPress plugins in the same way.

Sell Development Services

You can sell development services.

It’s probably easier to have a web presence and promote yourself wherever you can.

This way, people know you exist.

The best way to promote is to help people online.

You can put up free content online to help people.

They’ll appreciate you and will find you.

If you have lots of money, you can also promote your services with ads.

However, the risk of this is bigger since the cost per click of an ad that promotes your service will probably be high.


You can sell stuff online, promote your services, and sell CMS themes and plugins to make money as a developer.

By John Au-Yeung

Web developer specializing in React, Vue, and front end development.

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