Should You Learn How to Code?

Drew Sanocki returns to the show again this week, and this time, we are discussing the importance of coding skills in online solo entrepreneurship. As more resources like oDesk are popping up, it is creating a situation where it is incredibly inexpensive to outsource programming to great coders. While the urgency to learn in order to be successful seems to be fading, we argue that this knowledge will be absolutely vital to your success.

On this episode, Drew and I discuss why we believe you still need to learn the basics of coding and how becoming self-taught programmers has greatly impacted our entrepreneurial journey. We also give you access to some great tools to help you get started and  break down what to avoid as you get started. You do not want to miss this episode’s valuable tools and insight from two programming advocates that will help you in many aspects of your business.

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Here’s What You’ll Learn

  • The five reasons why you should learn the basics of programming.
  • How programming can help you sharpen your problem-solving skills.
  • Why you can not successfully manage your business without knowing programming basics.
  • The one reason you would not need to learn programming.
  • Two ways that programming can be dangerous.

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  • Hi Andrew,

    First I just want to say that I love your podcast and appreciate all the positive contributions you make toward folks like myself who are in the process of starting their first ecommerce store.

    I just listened to your podcast on coding and felt a little conflicted afterward. To your credit, you did qualify by mentioning early that both you and Drew had programming backgrounds, and that no on else was present on the podcast to present a different perspective on the topic.

    I wholeheartedly agree that it would behoove any sole ecommerce business owner to know the basics of front end programming, primarily to avoid the $100/hour fees paid to freelancers to perform simple tasks such as changing a font or color on a platform like Shopify or Big Commerce.

    That said, I still felt like the podcast was overly biased. Starting out I knew absolutely nothing about programming. My background is in accounting and most recently in sales. I joined codeacademy and am taking the time to learn the basics of html and css because in practice I do strongly agree with the points you made. When you stated, however, (and I am paraphrasing here) that the majority of successful ecommerce folks you have met have some kind of background in the tech programming space, hopefully by “background”, you aren’t referring to college major or working as a programmer for a specific company. I’d like to think there are a lot of successful hard working self-taught ecommerce store owners alongside all the techies within the ecommerce space.

    It would be interesting at some point to hear from a successful ecommerce entrepreneur who started from the opposite side of the spectrum, but through dedicated self-study learned enough to be dangerous and save some money along the way.

    All the best,

    • Hey Josh! Thanks so much for your comment and for listening!

      While I’ll stand by my comment (the vast majority of successful eCommerce / solopreneurs I know have at least a basic working knowledge of the tech side of the business), I don’t at all think you need an official degree or work experience. I am, for the most part, self taught and I believe Drew is to a large degree as well!

      In fact, I think being self taught can actually give you an advantage over just learning in school. It means you can teach yourself new skills which, is in and of itself, a skill. 😉

      Thanks so much for listening!

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