Take advantage of your time off
Info: This is part three of the Freelance & Prosper series, a series about how to prosper in a job that can feel very insecure and not very stable to some. Burnout and stress are things everyone should be concerned with. As freelancers, it’s vital because we often have less of a safety net, economic, social, and otherwise. I’ve always had a high degree of self-reliance. I’m still not very good at listening to what my body is telling me.
My burnout story
Info: This is part of the Freelance & Prosper series, a series about how to prosper in a job that can feel very insecure and not very stable to some. I was early in my freelancing career when I was contacted about an opportunity to freelance for a major Danish company, which was in the process of creating a new platform for its entire portfolio. The project sounded exciting. It was a big and complicated project, I was taking the lead on it, and they were paying a high rate.
Why financial stability is freedom
Info: This is part two of the Freelance & Prosper series, a series about how to prosper in a job that can feel very insecure and not very stable to some. I have a lot of freedom of choice in my life these days, and it all comes from working as a freelancer. I can’t see myself ever going back to the “treadmill” of permanent employment. Not only because it’s a massive pay cut but also because I’ve yet to meet the employer who will let me work the way I do now.
How I choose contracts and clients
Info: This is part one of the Freelance & Prosper series, a series about how to prosper in a job that can feel very insecure and not very stable to some. Saying that I “choose” contracts and clients indicates I have plenty of offers, and I can pick and choose. The reality is a bit different. What I mean is: There are plenty of contracts out there, but I’m not interested in working on everything.
NoTTL - A new caching concept?
There is an old joke in IT that goes “The 2 hardest things in programming is Naming, Caching, and off by one error’s”. I’ve often said there is another one: the first-hit performance problem. I’ve worked with several websites where everything is fine when the cache is there, but then it expires and you’re left with dreadful 3-5 second load times at best, and sometimes a lot more. Users leave the site, google gives you a bad score, and as a result your SEO rank drop, adding to the downward spiral.
Hugo: A flat file CMS.
As a developer, I’ve had plenty of experience setting up sites for clients, but when it comes to my own site, I often can’t be bothered. WordPress is too much of mess, Drupal is too heavy and working with Laravel or Symfony usually ends up being an exercise in the “perfect” rather than a functional website. For a few years now, I’ve had a basic website with minimal information, built on Slim Framework - a lightweight version of Laravel.