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#Web Design & eCommerce

#Freelancing & Money

#Language Learning

#Fitness

#Random


With gyms being closed, it’s the perfect time to get them started on a home gym.

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During pretty much all of 2020, gyms have been working rather unpredictably, being open with restrictions or temporarily closed, or completely shutting down.

It’s a sad situation, with many gym bros and babes completely at a loss of what to do with their lives. Trust me, I’m one of them. We are losing our minds and more importantly, our gains, just sitting at home and watching the Instagrams of people with access to a gym.

You can bring merriness and joy into their lives this Christmas by helping them get started on their very own home gym. Not all equipment is bulky or expensive. …


Junior developers must learn these thinking habits and skills.

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As a professional web developer — employed or freelance — you will be working on code that other people have written around 90% of the time. And after you’ve done your bit, it’s likely that someone else will be working with your code later on.

I recently worked with a junior developer and I had a lot of trouble understanding his code. Here are some of the mistakes he made, and that I also made when I was a beginner:

Thinking about style and structure at the same time

We all know that we need to keep style and structure separate, that the different technologies of HTML, CSS and JS should not be mixed. …


It wasn’t a lack of work. It was my mentality.

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Have you seen the articles about people quitting their jobs and then earning $100k in their first year of freelancing?

Yeah, I’m not one of those people.

For the first 2 years after quitting my job and going freelance, I was barely making ends meet. I had plenty of work, but somehow that didn’t mean lots of money. I had to work all types of side-jobs to survive (which was a positive experience, but another story).

I think it takes a certain type of person to run a successful business. No, it’s not ‘talent’ — you aren’t born that way, but you do need to grow into that person at some point in your life. …


My progress a month after deciding to diversify my income.

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About a month ago we were in the peak of the coronavirus crisis. People were losing jobs all over the place, there was widespread panic, and even I — although my job is online — was worrying about my future income.

Now things are calmer. But many are still jobless. I believe that many, like me, have come to realize that their job won’t save them. Having all your financial eggs in one basket is so outdated, and the average millionaire has seven sources of income. So it’s time to step it up.

I wrote an article last month about my plans to diversify my income. So that I wouldn't have to rely just on my job. If you’d like to read it here it…


Bodybuilding for your brain?

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I don’t like the formal way of learning languages, so I’m always experimenting with various new and fun ways to teach myself.

One of these ways is Arnold’s ‘shock principle’. I got the idea after watching this video, where Arnold describes his technique for breaking through plateaus in bodybuilding.

What is the Shock Principle

The “Shock Principle” is a phrase that Arnold coined. It means breaking out of the regular training routine one day, and to go completely overboard in the amount and the variety of exercises performed that day.

It involves changing the order of exercises, introducing new exercises, or completing seemingly arbitrary challenges like performing [your age × 10] repetitions of an exercise. …


I can code, but I’m pretty impressed with Webflow, a tool that’s primarily for designers.

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Image from Webflow Press kit

The biggest problem with site builders is the code they generate is usually garbage. As I’ve recently discovered, this isn’t the case with Webflow, and although it's marketed as a development tool for designers that can’t code, I (a developer that can code) have started using it on my client's sites, and even for my own agency site.

So why do most site builders suck?

It’s a result of the interface being very different from the way that webpages actually work.

An example is Wix, where you can just drag an element around to position it anywhere on the page. Anyone who codes knows this means it’s using absolute positioning everywhere, which is hard to adjust on different sized devices, and if you adjust on every size, you are producing a huge amount of garbage CSS. …


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Less, but better

As a freelancer working from home and long-time fitness enthusiast, I exercise at home daily. I’m also a minimalist out of necessity, having moved around different countries the past few years.

Because of this, I think deeply about each of the things that I buy. Especially fitness gear.

I have developed a few principles which I believe makes a piece of equipment worthy.

These are inspired by the renowned industrial designer Dieter Rams and his 10 principles of good design.

1. It must be necessary.

A treadmill, for example, is easily replaced by simply stepping outside.

It is also expensive to produce, requires electricity, takes up a lot of space, and creates a lot of plastic waste when thrown away. This is excessive for an exercise that really requires no equipment besides a pair of shoes. The exception is if you’re a serious runner and must practice through winter. …


The art of finding good clients and charging what you’re worth.

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Dogs are the best clients. Photo by Devin Edwards on Unsplash

Serious freelancers often criticize platforms like Upwork and Fiverr. The problem, they say, is that it’s a race to the bottom. Each person trying to win the job at a cheaper price. Obviously, those from poorer countries will win, right? Wrong.

You can find freelancers with rates of $195 per hour successfully using Upwork, with fixed price projects of up to $10,000. I won’t share this person’s profile link for the sake of privacy, but no he’s not a lawyer, he’s an email marketer.

That doesn’t look like a race to the bottom to me. It looks like he’s beating everyone on quality, and confidently charging what he’s worth. …

About

Eduard Fastovski

Freelance dev from Australia living in Poland. I write about freelancing & web design, online business, and self-improvement. fastovski.com

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