Getting started with web3.0 might be intimidating and can have you entering into a rabbit hole that's hard to get out of. With this article, I don't plan to define Web3.0-related terms rather I aim to help offer some good career guidance for those looking to enter the space.
Dumb Assumptions 🤗
- You are looking to enter Web3.0 Space
- You are a skilled Web2.0 developer
- Web3.0 is an idea for a new iteration of the World Wide Web which incorporates concepts such as decentralization, blockchain technologies, and token-based economics.
- Decentralized applications (dApps) are digital applications or programs that exist and run on a blockchain or peer-to-peer (P2P) network of computers instead of a single computer.
Soft Skills 👽
Soft skills include attributes and personality traits that help employees interact with others and succeed in the workplace. Examples of soft skills include the ability to communicate with prospective clients, mentor coworkers, lead a team, negotiate a contract, follow instructions, and get a job done on time. - Investopedia
As a freelance developer having good soft skills is essential and will help you create a large client base in the long ran. Yes, you can be a great developer but please make sure you don't forget to keep sharpening your soft skills as they will be essential in securing freelance work and making good returns from your skills.
Learn how to market yourself via social media which has become an essential part of any business. Learn how to negotiate a fair price based on your hourly rate or financial goals. Learn Presentation Skills and how to sell to your stakeholders.
You don't necessarily have to be a pro at these skills but good enough for it to add value to your work as a freelance developer.
You can make use of blog articles, Youtube tutorials, and different books on soft skill topics. Also, try to learn as you go and take note of the skills you are lacking after securing a client so that you can improve on that and make use of the skills learned for future clients.
Gathering Requirements 👾
Gathering requirements is a key part of any software project and also a vital part of any new web3.0 project.
Use common methods for gathering requirements and figuring out the scope of a project. As a Web3.0 Developer making sure you get all the specifics of a project at the start will help reduce headaches in the long run. This is mainly due to most of your clients not having much knowledge of the space and also with some ideas being foreign and never done before.
I suggest trying to secure a video call with the client and make sure you iron out most of the parts of the project requirements. Please don't skip this step as it will be key to having a pleasant working relationship with the clients. Learning and improving your requirements skills is essential.
UI & UX 🦿
Providing a client with a Mockup of the User Interface and Experience of the entire project before you start working on the development will help speed up development in the long ran. So if you are developing a project that requires interfaces I suggest you work on your design skills using tools like Figma and AdobeXd. Yes, this can be an actual role in a company however as a freelance developer you know how it goes LOL.
Having an idea of how most Dapps and Web3.0 projects look like using platforms like Dribble and Behance to name a few. Maybe practice by working on some of the cool designs you come across on such platforms. Adding Designs you worked on into your portfolio will help you secure work faster.
Developing the frontend for web3.0 projects is similar to developing web2.0 and you can use the same tools you would use when developing web2.0 projects. My personal choice for most web3.0 Frontend projects is Reactjs, Tailwindcss, Headlessui, and Chakar UI. However, you can make use of multiple tools depending on your preference and skillset
Smart Contracts And Remix 🧳
Smart contracts are simply programs stored on a blockchain that run when predetermined conditions are met. They are typically used to automate an agreement's execution so that all participants can be immediately certain of the outcome, without any intermediary’s involvement or time loss. They can also automate a workflow, triggering the next action when conditions are met. -IBM
Learning about different smart contracts and how to develop them will be essential in securing multiple web3.0 gigs. My preference is Ethereum smart contracts written in solidity using a remix development environment a platform for developing and deploying smart contracts. I started on Cryptozombies which provides a great platform for learning everything about smart contracts.
Integration Of Contract and Frontend 🔥
Once you are good at putting together smart contracts for your web3.0 projects you will need to integrate your smart contract functions with the Frontend website that you will have developed. This usually involves adding wallet connections eg metamask and connecting the smart contract to the user interface of the project.
My personal preference, in this case, is Wagmi it provides great documentation of react hooks for Ethereum and has made my integration work more pleasant.
Other steps include deploying everything on testnet ( smart contract) and giving our client a test link to review the Dapp developed.
Applying to Freeflow! ⚡️
Some cool use cases you can work on to boost your chances to get hired include:
- Develop an ERC-20 Coin
- Develop a Simple NFT Marketplace
- Develop a Defi Wallet
Now that you have developed at least 3 different use cases in the web3.0 Space add them to your resume and also onto your portfolio Website. This will now help you secure gigs in the Freelance space.
Here my personal preference for freelance work is Freeflow.
Freeflow offers a lot of benefits for both developers and clients. In this case, as a developer, the company helps you connect with clients that require your skills and allows you to interact with clients. If you are interested in joining the platform you can apply using this 👌link.
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