The first thing I ever built that I charged for was an MP3 burning app.
I had just learned Visual Basic in one of my elective programming classes in highschool, and I wanted to see what I could create.
The problem I wanted to solve was simple…
As one of the few people at the time with a CD burner, I would always have my friends come over to my house and spend hours going through all of the MP3’s I had downloaded from Napster to create the ultimate playlist for themselves or their girlfriend…
(K-Ci and JoJo was always a crowd pleaser)
So after a few weeks of this, I built a simple app that anyone could install at their house.
It would connect to my computer using FTP, download a file of all the MP3’s I had on my computer, let them create the playlist at their house, and when they were ready, they could “order” the CD (pay me $20 bucks) and I would burn it overnight while I slept.
So technically, that’s the first time coding made me money, even before MaritimeVacation.ca (a vacation rental site I started in 1999).
I share that story because learning to code is not hard.
It just requires a strong enough motivation and some resources.
That’s what I cover in this week’s video.
The crazy part is learning to code literally saved my life.
As the world evolves, I believe learning to code is going to be a powerful skill to have…
It’s why I’ve been teaching my two little boys to code ever since they were 2 years old.
But how do you learn while sidestepping overwhelm?
Here are 5 tips to get you (or your kid) started:
If you want some feedback on your app idea, just leave a comment and I’ll provide some thoughts on the best way to build it.
Excited to hear how your first app comes along… something simple can take less than a couple hours!
Do it. Get coding :)
Dan Martell has advised more startups than his hometown has people and teaches startup founders like you how to scale. (Get the free 3 videos to grow your business here.) He previously created, raised venture funding for and successfully exited two tech startups: Flowtown and Clarity.fm. You should follow him on twitter@danmartell for tweets that are actually awesome.
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