The Non-Coders Guide to Going Full-Time in web3

Want to work in web3? Not a coder? No problem. This 6-step guide will show you how to learn, choose your niche, and find your dream job.

The Non-Coders Guide to Going Full-Time in web3
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You (yes, you!) can get a job in web3.

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Web1 was the dawn of the clunky desktop internet. Nothing like the smart, AI-powered search engines we use today. You couldn’t type “coffeee shops near me\” and expect to actually find one.

Web2 is the internet as we know it. We’re all creating content and connected 24/7. Downside: it’s run by a few Big Tech companies who soak up as much user data as possible.

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Web3 is the decentralized future of the internet. It plans to give the power back to all its users. Basically, a single company couldn’t wrongly ban your account and ruin your business. But we’re not quite there yet.

If you’re ready to help make it so, follow these 6 steps:

  1. Research and learn
  2. Lurk from the sidelines
  3. Learn by doing
  4. Immerse yourself in the industry
  5. Choose your niche
  6. Find and apply for that dream job

1. Research and learn

Just like any job, you need to have the skills to pay the bills. You can’t teach folks how to drive if you’re still rocking a scooter.

When going for an interview, you research the company. When starting a new career, you need to know all about the industry you want to work in. The first step of your journey begins with learning all about web3.

In the simplest terms, it’s:

But you won’t get a job knowing just that. So, start with the following:

  • Blockchain technology
  • Cryptocurrencies
  • Decentralized finance (DeFi)
  • Decentralized applications (dApps)
  • Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs)
  • NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens)

There’s a lot of terminology to learn, but don’t give up! Knowing the fundamentals is super important. It doesn’t have to be boring either. Some cool people have made awesome resources to make it way easier to understand.

Check out educational platforms like:

  1. Whiteboard Crypto - illustrated videos using analogies, stories, and examples
  2. Coinbase Learn - written guides for crypto/blockchain beginners and veterans
  3. Siam Kidd - presentation-style videos about trading and investing
  4. Binance Academy - written guides for crypto beginners
  5. Cointelegraph - media platform for daily articles and breaking news
  6. How to NFT - a site dedicated to everything NFT-related
  7. useWeb3 - Ethereum, blockchain, and Web3 development

There are tons more. I’ve just chosen a few that I use. Ask Google (web2), and ye shall receive. Or better yet, do some manual digging. Time to lurk.

2. Lurk from the sidelines

Being a lurker has bad connotations. Following people in the park and hiding behind bushes - weird.

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Following conversations on social media and content you’re not ready to get involved with yet - totally cool! I’m recommending it. Lurk away.

If you’re gonna play the game, you need to know the jargon. Some of my favorite lurking spots to learn about web3 are:

  1. Twitter
  2. Email newsletters
  3. Podcasts

Twitter

Twitter is ground zero of web3. Don’t ask me why. It just is. It’s got one of the strongest crypto communities, and a lot of networking and information exchange happens here. If you’re not set up on it yet, get a profile made pronto.

People regularly share helpful resources they’ve created. Like this reading list:

Threads are one of the most popular formats too. Find and bookmark these:

Twitter Lists are great places to start finding people to follow. If you don’t know how they work, users curate lists of profiles around specific niches. Following these will streamline relevant content for you into mini feeds.

For example, check out this Web3 Devs and Builders one:

Twitter has even created its own “crypto team” to help integrate the platform with web3 and dApps. So you know it’s planning on being involved long-term.

Email newsletters

Newsletters are some of the best sources of curated web3 content. The tough part can be finding the best ones to subscribe to. But after that, you’re golden.

Unlike social media platforms where you have to search for resources, you get high-quality content served straight to your inbox. That’s some next-level lurking right there.

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Try some of these to get started:

  1. Coindesk - crypto and digital assets
  2. NFT Lately - everything NFT
  3. The Pomp Letter - Bitcoin, finance, and tech from Anthony Pompliano
  4. Decrypt - daily curated crypto news stories
  5. Unbankd - simplifying crypto and the blockchain
Source: NFT Lately

You can also check out the social profiles of the newsletter creators. See what other resources they post or who they interact with. There’s gold in them there accounts!

Podcasts

Podcasts are another sure-fire way to learn about web3 without having to have any input. You don’t need to have an opinion yet. Just listen.

Here are some popular ones to chow down on:

  1. Unchained - all things crypto
  2. Bankless - ultimate guide to crypto finance
  3. The Unstoppable Podcast - onboarding podcast for web3
  4. Unconfirmed - reacting to weekly crypto news
  5. Zero Knowledge - blockchain tech

Just like the newsletters, do some research into the founders of these podcasts. Chances are, they’ve been guests on other podcasts. So listen to those too!

Also, guys. Just cause we’re in the lurking phase doesn’t mean you can’t ask questions or get involved in the chat if you feel ready to. There are no dumb questions in the world of web3.

We’re all learning. We’re all dummies when something new comes out. Don’t worry about it.

3. Learn by doing

Now, it’s time to dive in. You’re going to need a bit of cash to play with here. But nothing more than you’d be willing to lose. That’s the golden rule of investing in crypto. (Or anything, tbh!)

You don’t need to remortgage your house to buy some punk’s NFT. (See what I did there?) Start small.

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Before you get down to buying, you’ll need a crypto wallet like MetaMask or Coinbase. Pick your poison and get back here. Once you have some funds in your chosen wallet, you’re good to go!

Buying crypto

There are literally thousands of cryptocurrencies up for grabs. Some of the biggest names are:

  1. Bitcoin (BTC)
  2. Ethereum (ETH)
  3. Binance Coin (BNB)
  4. Tether (USDT)
  5. Solana (SOL)
  6. Cardano (ADA)
  7. US Dollar Coin (USDC)
  8. Wonderland (TIME)

I covered “How To Buy TIME (Wonderland)” if you’re interested in that token. Buying a small amount of one can be the easiest way to learn how the marketplace works.

There are a few places where you can do this:

Source: Trader Joe

There are pros and cons to each option, so do your research before you buy. And don’t spunk all your money! You’ve been warned.

Buying NFTs

If you’ve heard of NFTs but have no clue what the heck it means, you’re not alone. It stands for: Non-Fungible Token. Which is probably still confusing AF.

Cryptocurrencies are “fungible”. This means they can be traded for the same thing. Bitcoin for Bitcoin. Baseball card for baseball card. You end up with an identical item.

NFTs are unique because they can’t be replaced with something else. As they are digital art, they can be copied, but only you own the original.

Most are bought on the Ethereum network. So, you’ll need some ETH to get started. There are tons of marketplaces where you can buy NFTs, but OpenSea is the most popular. It’s kind of like web3’s eBay.

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Get browsing. Find something cool, and see what you can afford!

Learn to earn

Imagine being paid to be in school. Except you’re choosing to be there already! Well, in the world of crypto, this setup kind of exists.

There are platforms out there that let you earn crypto by completing specific tasks:

  1. Rabbithole - learn how to use and contribute to dApps and earn tokens
  2. Lolli - earn free bitcoin when you shop online
  3. Layer3 - carry out tasks based on different communities to earn tokens
Source: Layer3

The big rewards come with some work, though. They’re not going to give away those tokens too easily! But it’s all good. Because any learning is going to benefit you in the long run.

4. Immerse yourself in the industry

If you’ve been on the sidelines until now, you’ll have learned a lot. Reading is always a valuable experience. But we’re taking it to the next level.

Conversations on social media are like constant bite-sized nuggets of information. By asking questions or sharing opinions, you’ll usually get a lot in response. This’ll test your knowledge and expand it at the same time.

Why not find some forums to join and ask questions there too? Reddit and Quora are popular options.

A lot of people also find they learn best by teaching others. A lot of “others” are usually too lazy to read long-form content. You could be that TL;DR web3 guru. So, crack those knuckles and get ready to type.

You could build your Twitter following by:

  • Summarizing long, complex articles
  • Curating stats from reports
  • Sharing your thoughts
  • Writing threads about web3 concepts

You want to offer value and help to others wherever you can. That’s what the whole community is based on.

Join decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs)

Networking is one of the most important things you can do if you want a career in web3. It’ll help you make important contacts to constantly learn from.

DAOs are some of the best places to meet and speak to those in the industry with no pressure. Discord is the most popular instant messaging app for these groups. So make sure you get involved in each DAO’s Discord.

Here are some of the best starter DAOs to try:

You can also join DAOs that are more hands-on. These 3 assign tasks to their members:

  1. @MetricsDAO - solves analytical challenges for blockchains at scale
  2. @ScribeDAO - summarizes interesting articles
  3. @Pub_DAO - describe themselves as a decentralized Associated Press

A lot of these groups also offer tokens as rewards for completing the work. Learning and earning. Win-win!

5. Choose your niche

So, it’s finally time to knuckle down. The biggest decision you’ll make in your web3 journey is the next one; which sector you want to work in.

We’re all different, and luckily there are plenty of options. You might know already. Because the path you choose will depend on your interests and experience.

The universe is crying out for a ton of different talents. Things like:

  • Graphic Designers
  • Accountants
  • Content writers
  • Recruiters
  • Videographers
  • Growth Strategists

Here’s an awesome resource I found comparing web2 roles to their web3 counterparts:

Source: going full-time in crypto

The best thing you can do is get out there and ask questions! Twitter is great for this. Find those that are already working in the niche you’re interested in and slide into their DMs. If you’re not sure a certain niche even exists yet, create it!

Join relevant Discords and DAOs. For example, JUMP is a “community for agency professionals and brand marketers who are passionate about web3”. If that sounds like your bag, get stuck in!

You’ll find most people are really keen to help out newcomers. But just remember to always ask how you can help too. WAGMI!

6. Find and apply for that dream job

You’re now ready to fulfill your web3 destiny.

And there are plenty of sites out there to help you do it. Like Web3 Jobs.

You can browse and filter through thousands of jobs based worldwide. Most positions in web3 are remote, though, so don’t be put off by where it says it’s based.

Or there’s Cryptocurrency Jobs. This curates the “best new blockchain jobs at leading companies and startups”. As you can see, there’s a total mix. And they’re coming in thick and fast.

If you prefer a more personal job application process, the Twitter community is (again) super helpful. There are threads all over the place to do with web3 hiring:

Even if the particular roles or resources in a thread aren’t right for you - ask questions! You’ll always be sent in the right direction (if nothing else!)

Conclusion

A career in web3 might sound farfetched, but there’s a spot here for you if you’re ready to work for it. Tech companies are paying big bucks to onboard the right talent. And you could be that talent!

Like any job, though, do your research into any company you’re applying for. There are tons of great people in this space but a lot of scams too. Be savvy.

If you’re ready to learn, web3 is ready for you.