There are tons of blogs online by former web developers in which they state why they hate web development and have moved on to other careers.
As for myself, I do not “hate” web development. I actually enjoy geeking out, learning about it, and experimenting on my own websites.
The problem I have with web development is having to do it for other people. That part of it has caused unnecessary stress and has drained me mentally for years.
This post is more on the personal side. However, maybe you will enjoy the part of my story when I figured out I no longer had to do web work and now do what I enjoy most.
If you want a way out of web development, I will also share an alternative that can set you free from cubicle life altogether.
All Web Agencies Think They’re Cool
One thing I’ve noticed about most web agencies is that they all look the same. If I do a web search for web agencies in my city and click on a few of the results, it is difficult to tell one from the other.
The websites all look the same as if they all have the same theme. A video is playing in the header of the team having fun while they are brainstorming their next big idea.
Then you have a rundown of the big name clients they’ve worked with and read little blurbs about marketing your website, blah, blah.
Finally, you get to meet the team which always starts off with the CEO/founder and all of the various directors, VP’s, senior this, that, and the other.
If there is a “career” link, you might see photos of employees playing table tennis, holding trophies, and having fun at holiday parties.
Most of the time, it’s all a huge facade. Nobody really plays table tennis or has that much extra time to have fun in the office.
I have only ever worked at one web job where the turnover rate was low. Other places I’ve worked or freelanced for have had people quitting on a regular basis and most of the time, there was drama that went along with it.
Web Work is Drudgery with Little to No Creativity Involved
Unless you are a graphic designer, web development itself is not that exciting. Sure, there were times when I was tasked with a challenge that I figured out.
Yet, most times, I had to put out client fires (things the client wanted immediately) or spend hours figuring out how to make something work that the client absolutely had to have.
After awhile, it feels like grunt work. I felt like each day was the same. I was doing work I no longer wanted to do. It was painful.
The last short web development job I had finally pushed me over the edge. I went from building sites for attorneys to plastic surgeons.
I can’t tell you how many times a day I was hounded by a project manager about when a project would be completed.
It was nuts! I think what really did it for me was having to link over 100 .mp3 files on the client’s website from another podcast website that already had them posted.
Why they couldn’t link to the other website is beyond me. If there was an easier way to do it, I didn’t have time to figure it out because I resigned a day or two later.
I Couldn’t Force Myself to Do Web Developing Any Longer
Whether working for a company or as freelance work, I could no longer bring myself to build another website for anyone else.
In my opinion, a fancy website doesn’t mean crap. In the end, all the end user is looking for is information, price, and what you can do for them.
Should a website have a nice, clean, modern design? Sure. Nowadays, you can get that with a free WordPress theme. It doesn’t take much.
Unless your business is really on the high-tech side, there probably isn’t a need for a super fancy website with a ton of bells and whistles.
I get the whole branding, image, marketing thing also. In these cases, maybe a web agency is what a client needs.
It doesn’t matter. I no longer care to work for another web agency ever again. I enjoy web developing when it is for myself. It is still fun to geek out.
After my layoff with my previous employer, I made the decision to take the layoff as my escape from cubicle nation.
If You Hate Web Development You Will Probably Like Affiliate Marketing
I’ve always thought that web developers have a huge advantage in the world of affiliate marketing. Why? Because you can build and maintain your own website.
Affiliate marketing is simply promoting a company’s products or services in exchange for a percentage of the sale (commission) when someone makes a purchase using your affiliate link.
You know how to install WordPress, tweak it to your liking, and so on. The only thing you’d have to learn is how affiliate marketing works and how to earn income online using it.
I have been doing that for years. The only difference is that I never managed to make it my full-time income because I was too focused on being a web developer for other people.
I lacked a lot of information so after my layoff, I made the decision to learn the business and start fresh.
Here are the Steps I Took to Create an Income Producing Blog
This section is actually an update since I originally wrote this post. Since my original posting, I have created a blog that earns a consistent income online by promoting affiliate products.
Choose a Topic You Have an Interest In
- It helps to choose a blog niche that you have an interest in. Otherwise, it becomes more difficult to create content for your blog. A blog will not last without content being posted on a regular bases. If the niche you choose interests you, you’ll be more likely to maintain your blog.
Think About How You Want to Make Money with Your Blog
- There are various ways in which you can earn income with your blog. My favorite method is affiliate marketing. However, you can also use display ads, CPA ads, create your own products, and more. If you choose affiliate marketing, you will need to create content that helps promote the products that you are recommending. I like to promote products that I know would be beneficial to my audience.
Write Often and Be Helpful
- I recommend posting a new article at least 2 to 3 times per week. Your content should be focused on the needs of your readers. This is where keyword research comes into play. All you need to do is type in a keyword phrase into Google and see what keywords are returned. Below is a screen capture of what I mean.
- Earning income with a blog does not happen overnight. In fact, you can expect to work on your blog for many months before you earn your first dollar. Some successful bloggers didn’t reach success (meaning 4, 5, and even 6 figures a month) until their second year of blogging or beyond.
If you are eager to leave web development and strike out on your own, I recommend starting a niche blog now while you are still employed.
You can develop and maintain your blog on the side. Sooner or later, you can develop it into a full-time income. The sky is the limit!
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