“When I try to start a project, my mind goes blank…”

"I thought I was too old...

I felt embarrassed about my age and trying to start a career as a self-taught web developer. Yes, I knew HTML, CSS, and the basics of JavaScript. But, I had nothing to show for it.

I didn't yet know that learning how to put a project together is the key to your success."

A portfolio is a great way to prove your skills to employers. But how do you create one if you don’t know how to start a project? Most tutorials focus on syntax. You don’t get to see the "why" behind it all. Worse still, you don’t get to see the raw unedited workflow.

You don’t get to see the mistakes. You don’t get to see the thought process. And, you still don’t know how to create your own project from scratch!

You get tired of learning. No matter how hard you try, you feel stuck behind other developers. The dream of being a web developer seems so far away…

…switching careers.

If you’re trying to switch careers, it gets worse. It’s so much harder when you have to deal with another job ( or two! ). You have to juggle work, family, and coding. It’s hard enough teaching yourself to code. But, doing it while you’re tired, confused, and frustrated…

Yet, every other day someone posts online “I just got hired as a web dev! My hard work has paid off.” I don’t know about you but this kind of stuff used to frustrate me. Good for the OP, but what about your hard work? What do you have to show for it? Well, if you feel you’re not making enough progress, you’re not alone. And, it’s not your fault!

"Skill is much more important than age."

If you're worried about your age, I get it. I felt that way too. When I became serious about web development, I was in my thirties... depending financially on my girlfriend. Luckily, she believed in me. But still, I had to take the leap of faith. And, it has paid off. Fast forward till today, I've been on both sides of the table. I've been hired for projects. I've hired developers myself. So, I can assure you of one thing.

There is a shortage of devs who are truly committed to the craft. This means that if you truly commit, you have an advantage. Your portfolio is proof that you are serious about becoming a developer.

Why do you need to create your own portfolio projects?

There are many reasons why having your own projects is beneficial. Here are a few of them:

  • You will be more attractive to employers. You will have something real to show your skills.
  • You can show your projects to freelance clients. You can make extra money by doing freelance work. Having the right projects will help you land some clients.
  • You get to put your coding skills into practice. So, it will no more be ideas in your head. You’ll actually grasp how to put concepts together.
  • You will also build up your confidence. Nothing feels better when you have finished your own project. With your own skills!
  • This will help you measure your skill level. You will see what you do right. You will also get to discover gaps. As a result, you’ll know what you need to learn next.
  • You will develop problem-solving skills - this is crucial if you are serious. The harsh truth is that the only way to develop this skill is by solving problems. Reading will help but it will not make you much better if you don’t practice.
  • You will discover the emotional side of coding. That’s right. Nobody talks about it but… the frustration of not finding a bug. Or, having to code a boring part of the project. Or overcoming self-doubt. Those things are real. A project will help you deal with them and will prepare you for the real world.
  • You’ll have an actual purpose for your GitHub account!
But, if you don’t do a project, you will NEVER become a real developer. You’ll struggle with getting better. And, you will find it impossible to get a job or freelance clients.

What exactly is a project?

A project is something that you or somebody could actually use. As in, you could take to a person who is not a coder and they would find it useful. So, this is different from doing a coding challenge or practising a concept.

A project allows you to show your skills in a practical way.

What matters most is that you get it done. Get that first project under your belt. Once you’ve created one, you can easily create others.

“How do you create your own projects to impress employers and land a job?”

(even if you’re not very creative and suck at design?!)

Here is the good news: you can follow a proven blueprint that will help you create a portfolio that gets you hired. You can master the art of creating web apps - no matter how big or small. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out. This process will guide you every step of the way.

Introducing - The Portfolio Blueprint

The Portfolio Blueprint is a step-by-step system I have used to get hired for many projects. You can use it even if you have no idea where to start. In fact, it shows you where to find good ideas for project, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro!

It’s a reliable formula that takes you from the idea stage all the way through to the finished web app. It shows you how to break down your idea - no matter how complex it is. This will allow you to create complex projects without getting lost or confused.

You will actually create a stand-alone project!

Here is how it works:

  • The first part shows you how to find great project ideas. The goal is to create something useful, yet simple enough for you to do. By the time you’re done with this part, you’ll have dozens of ideas to choose from. You’ll see examples of how I look for ideas in real life. You will also learn a technique to help you decide which ideas you should work with first.
  • Then, you’ll learn a strategy to improve your problem-solving skills. This is crucial. As a web developer, solving problems is part of your daily life. This sections will teach you how to break problems down into smaller chunks. (Hint: this is the most important step in building full-blown web apps)
  • Finally, you’ll watch me apply the principles to a real project. You’ll see how to create a complete web app - with a twist. (Hint: a large web app is really many mini web apps joined together.)
    • You’ll know how to structure your project.
    • You’ll discover how to plan your code as you work on your idea.
    • You will have a step-by-step plan to repeat the process - with your own ideas.
    • You will see the mistakes I’ve made as well as my exact thought process.

Also, you’ll get cheatsheets and diagrams to help you. You will know how all these things are tied together. You will also gain a grasp on the relationships between various concepts of building an app.

You’ll gain a working knowledge of Git and GitHub

GitHub has become the industry standard for managing your code. For this reason, it’s crucial that you’re comfortable with it. The Blueprint includes a module that gives you enough skill to use Git for your project. Plus, GitHub is a great place to keep your portfolio.

PLEASE NOTE: The focus of this course is not on syntax. It’s about the bigger picture and behind-the-scenes of how to create a real web app. Of course, you’ll still get code examples. But, you should have at least some basics to get the most out of it.

Here is a full outline of the course:

  • Module 1 - Finding Ideas for Your Projects
    • Why you need the right idea
    • What exactly is a good idea for a portfolio project?
    • Your 3-Step repeatable system for finding great project ideas
    • What to do if your idea seems to be above your skill level
    • 3 types of ideas you should definitely have in your portfolio
    • Portfolio idea cheatsheets
  • Module 2 - Breaking down the problem your idea will solve
    • 5 Reasons why you need to break down problems
    • What is a core problem?
    • How to dig deeper and find a problem that will improve your skills
    • 3 problem-solving mistakes to avoid
    • 3 types of problems you should be comfortable with as a web developer
    • Problem-solving cheatsheets and diagrams
  • Module 3 - Planning your project
    • An overview of a web app - how it’s all tied together
    • The secret to a successful project ( this will help you finish it!)
    • Why most projects fail
    • 5 tools that will make it easier to finish your project
    • The 3 secrets of creating a great user interface
    • Project planning cheatsheets and workflow diagrams
  • Module 4 - Coding your project - Part 1
    • The best way to start coding your project
    • What to do if your design skills are not very good?
    • How to code the first version of your project
    • The number one mistake to avoid when coding your project!
    • Code example walkthrough.
  • Module 5 - Coding your project - Part 2
    • Improving your code
    • Combining various features into a full-blown app
    • What to do when you get stuck
    • How to deal with bugs, fear, and frustration
    • Showing your app off to the world!
    • Code example walkthrough
    • Cheatsheets and workflow diagrams
  • Module 6 - Dealing with the back end
    • What to do if you can’t the backend ( good news - you can still get your project done!)
    • How to plan for the backend
    • The basics of a REST API (understanding this will take your coding to the next level)
    • How to work with data and databases
    • Back-end cheatsheets and diagrams.
  • Module 7 - Putting your code on GitHub
    • Why GitHub is an important tool for your career
    • Erm… what exactly is Git?
    • How to get started with GitHub - even if you’ve never used it before.
    • Strategies to make Git easier
    • Why GitHub is a great tool for hosting your projects
    • What are GitHub pages and how can they help you get a job?
    • How to use GitHub as your portfolio site
  • Bonus module
    • Extra tips, techniques, and cheatsheets

How is this course presented?

You’re getting:

  • Videos
  • Cheatsheets
  • Workflow diagrams
  • and bonus reports to help you build your portfolio easier and faster.

Who is this for?

This course is perfect for you if:

  • You've been learning JavaScript for at least 6 months or more...
  • You're coming from a non-programming career.
  • You don't have a Computer Science degree.
  • You are serious about becoming a web developer.
  • You are serious about building your portfolio.
  • You want more confidence in your coding ability.
  • The "imposter syndrome" is eating you alive and you want to finally get over it.
  • You want to know the "why" behind how web apps work.

Who is this NOT for?

This course is not for everybody. If any of the following is true, you should NOT get this course:

  • You are a master when it comes to creating your own projects.
  • You're just learning for fun - if that's the case this course may be a bit too intense for you.
  • You're not looking to work as a web developer.
  • You want a syntax based tutorial that you can follow without doing any thinking of your own.

You also get to email me your questions!

As you go through the course, you’ll likely run into some issues. Feel free to get in touch. I’m here to help. I will do all I can to help you create a portfolio that will get you hired.

“OK, so how do I get my hands on The Portfolio Blueprint?”

I’m glad you asked! You can pre-order the course at a special discount. After the promo period, the course will be priced at $87. But, if you pre-order now, you’ll get it for just $29.

Pre-order bonus - mentoring session

If you pre-order the course, you will also get a 25 minute Skype session with me. You can then get direct help with whatever you’re stuck with at the moment. But, this bonus is only available if you pre-order.

(The official course start is 31st January 2019)

Here is what to do next:

Click on the button below. It will take you to a PayPal payment link. Complete the purchase. You’ll then be taken to a page with all the registration details. You will also receive an email with the material you will need to prep yourself for the course.

See you on the other side!

In your service,
Jean Paul

P.S. Remember, you get to schedule a 25-minute Skype session as your pre-order bonus

P.P.S. The price will go up after the pre-order period is over. Grab your access now!

P.P.P.S This is your chance to improve your odds of getting hired.