What is Codementor?
Codementor is an online freelancing platform, similar to Upwork or Freelancer. However, the Codementor community is much more refined than the other two platforms. The people that apply to be a mentor on the platform need to fill an extensive profile that will be vetted by Codementor staff to determine if they qualify. In turn, the quality of postings and a steady stream of various opportunities makes Codementor the perfect platform to put your knowledge to use and make some solid side income.
As a beginner, I began by charging at $15 for 15 minutes, and I have slowly increased that price. Within this review, I’ll review the onboarding process for getting started as a mentor on Codementor, the tooling they provide to handle sessions, and payouts via the platform.
Signing up on Codementor
Codementor is a lot like filling out your Linkedin profile. The process begins by asking your area of expertise and rating yourself on your skills. They encourage you to link social profiles such as Github and Stackoverflow to verify your legitimacy and skill level.
This application is a lot of work. I would highly recommed someone to put a lot of detail and effort. I would estimate about half of the people who want to become a mentor are filtered out here. You’ll have to put some effort into it. Here is an example of a good profile. If you have any blog posts, it’s also a good idea to submit them. It further validates your interest and skillset. I pasted a couple of my older project posts onto the platform.
After you submit your application, you will have to wait. For me, it took about 3 days to get approved and hear back. Some of my peers did not hear back at all. Don’t fret, you can always go back and keep fixing your application.
Responding to a Request
As soon as you are on the platform, you will see that there is a lot going on. Codementor will push you to apply for their CodementorX. That is a special section that requires you to go though an interview process and complete a take home project to get access to premium projects. I managed to do this, but I haven’t had the time to sign up for a project in the X section yet. For starters, it’s best to stick to the open requests.
Finding a job is fairly easy in Codementor. On the side, you will find an Open Requests button. Clicking on that will reveal to you all the people that you can mentor. From there you will be able to message people depending on their budget and problem. Be proactive! I wasn’t a fan of their filters function, so be sure to turn it off if you want to see all the listings. At peak times, you can see a new one almost every 10 minutes.
Make sure your profile is nice and tidy. Keep it professional to look appealing.
Once you get in touch with a client, or they message you, you can use Codementor’s built in session software to manage a session. A timer will begin once you and your client agree to begin a session. Codementor uses Zoom for their meeting software, or you may use the in browser experience. I find both to be reliable. Your payment is determined based on the duration of this meeting. There is an ability to pause a session, but make sure you don’t forget to start the timer again if you pause a session.
It’s always fun meeting various people from various backgrounds on the platform. Everyone I met has been very professional and thankful of the help they receive. You will definetly feel a sense of satisfaction.
After a session ends, Codementor will tell you how much you have earned. However, Codementor takes a sizeable commision of 20%. There is a way to decrease that amount by increasing the number of sessions you do per week.
Payouts on Codementor
Payouts are straight forward. You get paid for what you worked with. However, there are incentives to lower commission rates. With good work ethic, you can drop the platform fee to 13%, but you will have to keep your ratings up.
Unlike Upwork or Freelancer however, you have the ability to reject reviews and refund money. Reputation is very important for these platforms and it’s no different for Codementor. I also enabled a feature for new users to have a free 20 minute session to try the platform out. I encourage people to ask questions and not let money be a hindrance. Eventually, you will build a solid base of clients that only ask you for questions.
It’s an amazing platform and you will make solid cash while meeting new people. I was even offered a job at a company because they saw the great work I was doing by participating on Codementor.