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How I got my first few clients as a freelance software developer

There are various stages in our lives when we feel the need to either earn a side income, or break free from employment and create a service that we deviver on our own. Throughout my career, I have tried both. Even though I had a lot of fears and limiting beliefs that made me insecure

By | July 18th, 2019|Categories: Career Planning|Tags: , , , , |

The Software Developer’s Dress Code

There are heated debates around what clothes should software developers wear at work. Some developers take their opinion so seriously as if they were debating the epic "open brace in new line or same line?" question for programming languages like C++, Java, JavaScript, C#. My disclaimer is linked to the main point this article intends

By | July 14th, 2019|Categories: Accelerated Learning|

5 Ways for Getting Paid as a Software Developer

Many software developers are interested in getting a 10% or a 20% raise, while in reality, there are many other options that help you make more money. If you have a goal right now that involves earning more money than the amount you are making, then chances are, it is worth for you to consider

By | July 1st, 2019|Categories: Career Planning|Tags: , , , |

8 Communication Mistakes that Undermine Your Promotion as a Software Developer

When you see a number in the title of an article, you may expect to find easy tips you can start implementing today to level up your skills. I have consumed some of these articles myself, and quality of these posts vary from superficial to playing an essential role in my success. I prefer focusing

By | May 16th, 2019|Categories: Professionalism|Tags: , , , |

The Key to Building Great Software Engineering Teams (Hint: It’s Not Productivity)

It is not an obvious task to screen for productivity in a recruitment process. Companies often hire developers who have a hard time becoming productive. Even worse, HR best practices in some environments often slow down the promotion and growth of productive developers. As a result, top talent in these companies often finds growth opportunities

By | November 25th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

The Software Developer’s Learning Plan

Warning! Some thought provoking lies ahead. You see, I get feedback from software developers all the time. I hear things like, I want to learn the Go language. Then I ask the question, why Go? What is your outcome? The response is a disappointing "because Go is cool. I will continue working as a .NET

By | August 14th, 2018|Categories: Accelerated Learning|Tags: , |

Professionalism for Software Developers

Goals of this article: Learn the role of your professional standards in your career Discover the role of lexical knowledge in becoming a professional Let go of fears of making time-estimations and learn how to estimate your tasks more accurately Learn how a professional negotiates When amateurs appear to have lost motivation, professionals still reliably

By | August 7th, 2018|Categories: Professionalism|Tags: , , , |

The Power of Emotional Resilience in Your Career

Having gone through a lot of hurdles, I can now clearly see how much time I wasted with pursuing things that felt good, but were definitely not good for me. I can see this trend in the lives of many people I have worked with or studied with. You see, people who want to improve

By | January 6th, 2018|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

How You Can Survive the Tech Bubble

I arrived five minutes late to my method acting appointment. My coach seated me, and asked me how I was. "What a day!" I said. "I woke up almost an hour late, and my whole day has been about catching up. On the way here, I realized I had to get some cash. Oh, and

By | December 15th, 2017|Categories: Career Planning, Professionalism|Tags: , |

Productivity: The Role of Letting Go

Raise the hand you are not scrolling this article with, if you have read at least one productivity tip in the last two weeks. This includes courses that sell you the dream of taking control of your text editor or IDE to the extent as if you were playing real time strategy games with it.

By | October 31st, 2017|Categories: Productivity|Tags: |