Hey dudes and dudettes,
I have been building websites since the late 90's on and off but never as a full time career. Most of my work I have done is some time ago and none of the websites I have worked on are currently online. I have earned several thousand dollars making websites but not as my main career.
Recently I have decided I want to supercharge my career and really get fully into the industry and I am working on updating my skills and producing portfolio content. I became a student at Treehouse about 6 weeks ago and have already learned a lot about how things have changed.
Previous work I have done have been several basic static business websites and PDF document design, an e-commerce shop powered by Shopify, a sports news website that aggravated data from RSS feeds and a fantasy sports site that i programmed from the ground up that included custom user authentication/signup system, forum software, social network and custom content management system all created in PHP (This was about ten years ago though!)
I am looking at becoming a full stack developer/designer, with key skills likely being something like HTML/CSS, JS/JQuery and PHP, then learning frameworks and perhaps expanding to things like rails etc. I also want to focus on learning some better outright design skills that are relevant to the field (layout, typography, color theory etc), and perhaps illustrator/sketch/etc cause I suck at illustration.
The basic idea is that I want to get to the place where I can either 1) Sell my services directly to individuals and small business that want a complete website made. 2) Build my own web app/digital services or 3) Find employment in the area.
Any advice would be appreciated as well as suggestions in what I need to learn/become competent in (I am trying to build myself a basic curriculum), resources you would recommend, general comments you have etc etc.
Thank you for being awesome! :)