Ways to Make Money as a Developer — Job and Beyond

John Au-Yeung
3 min readFeb 1, 2021
Photo by Micheile Henderson on Unsplash

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.

Get a Developer Job

Getting a developer job is an obvious way to make money.

There’re many kinds of developers you can be.

Popular choices include:

  • mobile developer
  • front end developer
  • back end developer
  • full stack developer
  • embedded developer
  • database developer

and many more.

They’re all high paying and there’re lots of demand since not everyone can do everything.

Also, there’s a lot of flexibility.

You can work as an employee or freelance and make money.

This means there’s a possibility that you can work anywhere or with multiple clients.

Sell Digital Products

You can easily sell digital products teaching people development skills.

We can sell products like ebooks, courses, videos, etc.

There’re many things you can teach like web development, database, mobile development, and more.

Amazon KDP is a great choice for publishing ebooks.

You have access to a big market and it has an ad platform built in so that you can build ads to promote your book.

This is something that isn’t available on all platforms.

Other websites you can sell digital products include Gumroad or your own website.


Lots of people are making money by selling their own SAAS.

SAAS is a software as a service.

You can make something that people want to use and sell it.

It’s easy to gauge what people need by building minimum viable products in a few weeks and get the feedback.