In any industry, it's hard to evaluate your skills if you're self-taught. When will your skills ready to start freelancing? Self-taught coder Joyce Akiko answers this question, particularly for other programmers like herself.
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She says, in general, you'll know when you're ready to take the leap when you can do these four things:
- Build a couple projects and be able to show them off
- Talk about decisions and reasons for making certain design or development choices
- Look at someone else's work and find areas that you'd be able to improve
- Go on Stack Exchange or similar and answer more questions than you need to ask
It sounds deceptively simple, but many who learned on their own have the nagging questions of "Am I good enough?" and "Am I a real developer [or designer or whatever field they're in]?" Akiko offers reassurances that you decide whether you're a "real" developer or not. Her guide to getting freelance-ready also offers lots of advice and resources you can use to get to that point.