10 Smart Ways for STEM Majors to Make Money on the Side

Many of us have had some good ideas for mobile apps, however few possess the valuable skills and follow through to build one. If you have a good idea for an app and a knack for designing things, then this could be a good way to make money on the side.

First, you need a viable idea. To generate some, ask yourself: Which apps do you enjoy using the most? Do you like playing games? Which ones? Like with any new product, you want to research the competition, and if there’s a similar app that already exists, read the customer reviews to dig up ways to make yours better. (Rule of thumb: your app needs to solve a problem, and you need to have some understanding of who the app is for.)

Next, you need the practical know-how to build an app with computer languages, such as SQL and Python. (Python is popular because of its flexibility and simplicity. It’s also both Android and iOS compatible.) You can learn how to build apps (which coding languages are needed; whether it’s for Android or iOS or both; where to download free wireframes) for either free or for low cost on websites, such as Udemy or YouTube. You can also build an app by using one of the many mobile app-building platforms, some of which don’t require coding, including Buildbox, ShoutEm, RhoMobile, PhoneGap, AppInstitute, Appery.io, AppYourself and Appcelerator, to name some.

Once you have a project plan in place, you can troubleshoot possible hurdles (e.g. copyright restrictions), research the back end of your app (servers and APIs) and plan how the user interface will appear and think of how you’re going to market it (in the App Store or Google Play). Creating an app comes with serious work, so start with an idea that you’re really excited about.

The annual median salary for a mobile app developer in the U.S. is approximately $68,000, or $25.17 an hour. To find part-time work and freelance jobs as a mobile app developer, try Upwork, Freelancer, Surgeforward, AppsJobs, XPlace and ZipRecruiter.

Related: 32 Proven Ways to Make Money Fast



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