Today I celebrated 14 years at Grigsby Consulting LLC, the second company I have founded. I am very grateful to have this vehicle to generate income in our country, the United States of America. Grigsby Consulting LLC bears my sir name as a constant reminder that GCLLC is my vehicle so that I can pour all my efforts, ideas, opinions, and gratitude into so that I can help others solve their software and process challenges.
The first company I founded, durring the time of the Reagan Administration, was DNA Software Co, Inc. at age 18 with the help of my first business mentor and investor, Robert “Bob” McVicker. I had been coding 2 years at that point and had been working freelance for 7 years doing odd jobs and two years working for Bob at Jarrett Engineering as a draftsman. A discussion I have been having with my beloved Anna, 33 years and counting, was how I would mentor me to learn to program now in 2016 vs how I started at the library and in my high school class “computer math” my junior year in 1982.
This is an appendix from my first volume “Grigsby Consulting LLC’s Integration Cookbook Volume 1 – Setting up your development environment” of my three book set of three I am working on. I will soon be releasing a primer from that appendix on getting started part time without any expense. Literally how to you could start now if you only had access to a computer terminal at the library a couple hours each day with no skills beyond reading and some understanding of how to sequence and order a process. This subject is core to me as there has NEVER been a better time for someone, especially females to start, with a cost near zero to begin and learn. The upside is huge aka north of 70K per year. I would suggest your starting point could begin at Code.org on the first course that requires you to be able to read and drag and drop. Here below in the graphics are some numbers from Code.org stats to let you see the opportunity to change your income and your life for you or someone you know that is struggling at a below-living wage job with or without a high school or college degree.
The first course is very basic however that is the point, practical step by step how to get started.
and the code it turns into.
After you finish all the Code.org site has to offer, then you can move on to other open free learning sites like edX or how about MIT or Standford which also offer open edu free courses. You can learn at your pace starting simple and basic and then climb as high as you like all the while you can apply what your learn against challenges and puzzles at Codefights using real online tools and your code.
Once you have enough confidence from the Codefights you can then look for online projects and offer your services as a freelance coder at sites like upwork or freelancer. You can also look to join open source communities and learn from and contribute to projects of interest to you from Linux OS to Games like Doom at Github, sourceforge.
All of this leads to information you can use to update to your LinkedIn Profile under projects to attract recruiters inquiries via email and jobs leads in the adds.
So it is as simple as 1,2,3 below:
- Test what you have learned
- Help others with their problems and start the path to making money from your new skills
So now you have a basic roadmap and outline of how Current ME would suggest Beginning ME to start learning to code now. Once I release the new Kindle primer on this topic I will update this article with the reference.