Tag: career

How to make 100K as a developer

New video just posted for you. In this one… a lot of developers wanna hit that 100K range, but don’t have a plan for how to do it. THIS is how you build that plan to make sure you’re grinding in the right direction. Give it a watch: And, I’d appreciate if you’d share it with any developers you know. Later, John

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4 ways to work from home as a developer

I’ve worked from home full-time for 8 years now. My little brother is going on 3 years. My mentor has worked from home full-time for ever a decade and a half. And, we all do it in very different ways. If that’s something you’d like to do, watch this video: I’ll show you what I do. What they do. And, several other ways you can be a developer AND work from home. Later, John  

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How to start working as a freelancer

FYI. I just uploaded a video with step-by-step instructions on how to start and grow your very own freelance business: Please share with anyone you know who is interested in freelancing. Later, John

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Dreading tomorrow?

I remember this construction job I had. I must’ve pissed somebody off, at some point, because I got relegated to “trash guy”. I remember I used to battle with my watch. It took everything in me to not keep looking down at it. I’d think an hour had gone by and it’d be just 15 minutes. On this one site, I had my “spot”. It was a bell tower for a church. And, it had these loud ass steps. So, I’d go up there, clean it up real quick then go take a nap in one of the nooks up

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The truth about wealth

I had this talk with my parents, last night. Most people have a warped view of what wealth is. I was telling them how my vision goes way beyond just myself. I don’t just want to have made myself wealthy. I want my kids and their kids and their kids and so on… to be wealthy. To build a kind of family dynasty. Where the habits that lead to wealth are just expected. The resources. The knowledge. That’s how legacies are built. And, growing up the way I did, I NEVER want my kids or grandkids or great grandkids to

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What working with Inc. magazine taught me about freelancing

Wanna sell your freelance services a lot easier? I mean without feeling like a sleezeball? Without needing to read 1000 books and become a sales genius? Quick story… The project I worked on for Inc. Magazine, I worked for this guy named Lewis. He was some kind of director at the company. I can’t remember exactly what, but he had quite a few people who worked for him. He’d written several books. One big best-seller, if I remember right. Dude was a heavyweight. And, he didn’t take any [email protected]#. I remember the first meeting we had. I don’t think I’ve been

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The best freelancing advice you’ll hear

This from the Joelsuf-inator: “One thing I’ve discovered is that doing this DOES require the same kind of productivity as a full time job. Just because you’re making money from home does not mean you can just cut your commitment levels in half. In many cases you should be tripling your commitment. I’m discovering this now. Sure I can pick anytime during the day to work, but I better be productive for 8-12 hours a day like with any kind of job. Separate learning from marketing from doing work.” I literally can’t say it better. As sure as the Earth

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I got a few freelance clients, now I’m stuck

This is that turning point I keep bringing up: You get a little taste of success. But, really don’t know how. Then, all of sudden, it stops. And, all the fears… all the doubts and insecurities, all the “why me” and “can’t ONE thing just [email protected]#ing work!?”… the nightmares about being stuck in a 9 to 5 forever, all the people saying, “I told you so”. You bounce from depressed to pissed to confused… This is the moment you decide to get serious… Or, walk away. THIS is what I mean by building a real business around your freelancing services. KNOWING

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How to get freelance clients when you’re new to freelancing

1000 things you could do here… But, let me tell you what I actually did. First… my first several clients all hired me because they’d seen some YouTube videos I did that were pretty close to what they wanted. At the time, I didn’t have a portfolio up, testimonials or even a page selling my services. They just found my email and emailed me. This is why I constantly beat the “create content” drum. It can work when you have nothing else. Second… all the projects I worked on were small. Fix a CSS bug here. Write a little PHP

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Is freelancing income feast or famine?

The #1 question I get from people who WANT to get into freelancing. But, it’s interesting because 63% of people who DO freelance believe that a diversified portfolio of clients is MORE stable than a single employer. To me, it comes down to HOW you do it. So, I decided to do a video and explain that. If you’ve thought about getting into freelancing, but have been worried about the income stability, THIS is the video you should watch: Later, John

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Is this the turning point in YOUR freelance career?

There’s a moment in every Freelancer’s career. You’ve got a few clients… Things seem to be going well. But, you’re not really sure how it all happened. You’re not making quite enough to feel comfortable. And, you can’t help but worry, constantly, about what happens if you lose one of our clients… and can’t get another. It’s a turning point. Figure it out and you go onto a successful freelance career. Don’t and you get stuck… unable to grow. Eventually, most give up. For me, it was “the hockey guy”. A hockey training membership site I’d built for a guy.

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Success really is simple sometimes

Take this comment I just got: You ever heard the saying: “success leaves clues”. It’s true. And, sometimes, success slaps you in the face on a daily basis and implores you to pay attention. To quit using “being skeptical” as an excuse to really just stay comfortable. To get serious about your life and your career. There’s plenty of complicated things in life. Relationships. Kids (oh boy!) Rocket astro-surgery. But, this isn’t one of those things. The people who take the time to learn how systems like Upwork operate and put in the effort to take advantage of those systems

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Is freelancing worth it?

I guess I’m just an a-hole. My problem was always the other people I worked with. In particular, my boss. I just couldn’t work for someone I knew I was clearly smarter than and have to swallow my pride and run with all their dumb ideas. Like I said… a-hole. So, I’ve always known I had to be my own boss. I’d go insane otherwise. But, I always believed this naive notion that if I worked hard, did good work and did right by people, things would work out. My employers would see that and I’d be rewarded for it.

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NEW course: Beginner’s Guide to Freelance

Just posted a new course. It’s called the Beginner’s Guide to Freelance and it’s teaching you everything I’ve learned from 10+ years of freelancing to help you get started, grow and be your own boss. Here’s what you’ll learn in the course: How to figure out what services to offer How to make money AND do what you love How to find people WILLING to hire you How to sell your services without having to become some sales genius or slime ball How to build your freelance business as a sustainable business you can sell or hand to your kids and grandkids

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My hands were shaking as I sent the fax

I was 21. I’d been promoted to manage my first store. I’d been there a couple months and had turned around a failing store. I was set to get promoted in a few months and start making close to 6 figures. I still remember the day I quit vividly. I’d been wrestling with the decision for a few weeks. For a kid like me… Growing like I did… This was a golden ticket. A REAL way out. But, every day I was there I felt myself dying inside just a little bit more. I KNEW this wasn’t who I was

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The one thing your Upwork profile overview MUST have

There’s actually three… and an exact order to put them in. But, THIS is definitely the most important. It’s the one thing you can change about your Upwork profile overview, in a matter of minutes, that will have the most impact. So, let me show you. (Quick side note: In this article, I’m talking about the “traditional” method of getting work on Upwork and what you’ll, ultimately, want to do long-term. But, if you’re brand new, I have a non-traditional method that’s been working very well for my students. I wrote up an article on that HERE that I recommend

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You ever consider suicide?

Got this question: “This is going to be perhaps the most personal question you’ve received from anyone. With all the remarkable things you’ve experienced as a soldier, with all the setbacks in your personal life, with the setbacks in your professional life – getting the freelance career going et al – did you ever reach a point – and this is the touchy subject – did you ever think of ending it all? Did you glance over to that rope thinking this was your way out? If you do NOT answer this. I FULLY understand.” It IS personal. But, I

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I almost killed this guy

It was Iraq. I was a Combat Lifesaver, which meant we got a little extra medical training. And, I’d volunteered to work at the on-base hospital, because they were short-staffed. So, whenever we had a “mass casualty” type event, I went up there. That day, a mortar round landed on base… Right in the middle of one of the unit’s meeting. There were over 30 people that got hit. And, the hospital had 2 doctors and 2 medics. We had to fill in the gaps on the rest of the casualties. The ones hit the worst went to the doctors

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Tattoo this on your fookin’ forehead

I got this from Jen on Facebook: This is one of the things that drives my inner grumpy old man to drink. We live in this world where a whole cadre of charlatans well-meaning self-help “gurus” bloviate teach about how to “channel” your inner confidence. All, you gotta do is stand on your head and rub your belly while chanting “ooooooom”. Or whatever B.S. stuff they’re teaching these days. And, I mean… yeah. Some of that stuff can be helpful. But, the simplest, most effective, most guaranteed to way to generate ACTUAL confidence on a day in, day out basis… is

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She slammed me into a telephone pole

​​​​​​​I think about that day a lot. I was 8. My dad was driving my little brother and I to school. It was foggy and we couldn’t see more than five feet in front of the truck. We came to an intersection with a major highway near where we lived. I still feel responsible. Because, my dad asked us: “Can you guys see anything?” I said, “No.” And, he took off across the highway. She was speeding. 65 mph in a 55. She slammed into the side of our S-10 just behind the passenger door where I was sitting… no

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When I die

I’ll never let what happened to my wife… happen to MY kids. It was such a mess. Her dad recently passed away and had ZERO planned or prepared for his death. So, instead of focusing on grieving, my wife and her family were scrambling figure out all the details of his funeral and scrounging up the money to pay for it. And, it’s like I told her… That’s HIS fault. If you leave your kids in a bind like that when you die, you failed them. Matter of fact, after seeing it I had a uncomfortable talk with my own

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I was 8 feet from death

After yesterday’s email, I had quite a few people ask me to talk about my Army experience more. To be honest, I’ve purposefully NOT done that because it just seemed sort of cliche and banal. But… If people are finding it helpful, I’ll give it a try. Depending on how you respond I may do more. Anyway, when I was in Iraq, I was stuck on the teeniest of teeny camps. It was 300 yards wide by 1 mile long. For comparison, Camp Victory, which was right next door to us was 20 square miles. And, in the year I

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The day that changed my life forever

I still remember it like it was yesterday. I was working construction at the time. We all suddenly got called back to the office. The first plane had hit and we all sat there around the radio as the second one hit. Nobody knew what to think or say. We just sat there horrified and speechless. Our foreman then sent us all home. I had already joined the Army in their Delayed Entry Program and was set to start training in six months. I immediately called my recruiter. “What does this all mean?” “Will they be having me go to

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The guy my wife left me for

Thinking about it still makes my stomach churn. We went to one of her sister’s kids’ baseball games. And, in these small towns, everybody went to school together and nobody ever leaves. So, you’re always running into someone. This time it was Josh. I didn’t take long into the conversation for my insecurities to start flaring up. He was talking about this “amazing” job and all the money he made. His new 4-bedroom house. He pointed to his new Chevy truck in the parking lot. Blah, blah, blah… “[email protected]# this guy!”, I kept thinking. And, as they sat there chatting,

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My tech job is killing me

About a month ago I got this message from Scott: He wanted to get into web development. And, wanted to know if it was any better. Fast-forward to today and he just sent me this: Now, it’s obvious to me what happened. I get all the notifications. Scott has absolutely tore into his learning. Took my Beginner’s Guide to PHP course. Dove into my Freelancing on Upwork course. Hired a pro photographer to take his head shot. Started working on YouTube videos. Just insane amounts of action. If he keeps it up, it will be almost impossible for him to lose. Because no matter

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You’re not smart enough to be a developer

This is one of the big fallacies in our industry. For me, it was about six months in. Growing up, I always knew I was pretty smart. School came easy to me. I could always learn new things really quickly. Plus, everybody always told me I was smart. I just grew up knowing it. Then, I started learning how to code. And, it didn’t come easy. In fact, even when I worked really hard at it, I still didn’t get it. The PHP manual is one I can remember. It’s weird to think about now. But, it used to confuse the

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Hiring managers are your enemy

And, you shouldn’t ever forget that. They don’t care about you. Think about it this way. What do you think a hiring manager is more likely to get “in hot water” from the “highers ups” over? Not hiring a good employee Hiring a bad employee I hope the answer is obvious. Executives and higher ups will almost never know if a good employee slips through the cracks. And, how do you KNOW for sure they’d be a good employee, anyway? But, a bad employee. Well, you see that. It’s right in your face. So, most hiring managers (despite all the

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No, you don’t need a degree to get a tech job

A 5-minute look on Indeed… And, you can find a dozen or more tech jobs… That DON’T require any kind of degree. But, I know, I know… “All the REAL tech jobs require a degree. You ‘script kiddie’ web developers might not, but my uber-genius requiring jobs does, so there.” Know-it-all says what? Anyway, here’s the proof you don’t need a degree to get a tech job (plus, several actual non-degree-requiring web developer jobs you can apply to if you want): Later, John

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Any monkey can learn to code

I first talked about this way back in 2013. In fact, this is exactly what I said: “But, to be honest, I’ve never really talked much about what it REALLY takes to be successful as a developer. Because, while all that technical mumbo-jumbo is cool… none of it REALLY matters. Yes, you need to know how to do those things… but those things aren’t what MATTER most when it comes to determining the successful from the unsuccessful. Any monkey can learn to code.” Which… okay. Touch aggressive maybe. But, the point stands. I mentioned this is yesterday’s podcast (johnmorrisshow.com)… 51%

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Fake PHP jobs

So, from yesterday… There’s obviously lots of PHP jobs posted out there. But, Leon asked this in response to that video: “How many companies lie about their intentions to hire, to create a false shortage, to argue for more (cheaper) foreign workers?” I’ll keep it real. My gut reaction is: “Who gives a [email protected]#?” It’s not ALL of them. I know that. And the only way you’ll really know is to apply. It just feels like an excuse to me. And, that gets my inner grumpy old man outta his chair. Buuuuuuut. Let me be civil. I looked it up.

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PHP jobs you can apply for right now

I get a lot of PHP haters who love to drone on about there being no PHP work out there. Or, well-meaning PHP developers who are struggling a bit to find PHP work. Well, this massive list of PHP jobs should cure both: And, do let me know once you get hired. Gives me ammo for the PHP haters. 🙂 Later, John

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Seeking junior developer, 5+ years experience

Wait, what? This comes from a comment I got on YouTube: “Today I saw a job post Jr Front End-Developer 5+ years experience Angular 2.  Recruiters make it hard.” To which I replied: “Oh geez. Chicken and the egg problem.” Why does this happen? Yes, sometimes people are just dumb. But, you see it more than just to chalk it up to “everyone else, but me, is dumb.” This is what happens when an industry gets more competitive. The bar starts to raise. Until you see illogical things start happening. I mean, how are you supposed to get started as

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The final blow in the language wars

This really is the definitive answer in the language wars. I mean, people won’t stop battling over it. But, if you just want the answer… this is it. Here’s the question I got: “Do you think there is more job security in Java programming for software as opposed to web development? “I find web development enjoyable but have been focusing on Java because of concern for this… I’m switching careers from social work. Currently in school for CIS.” And, Jesse responded with this: “There is a lot of Java work in large corporate environments – I’ve worked as a consultant

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Tech jobs will soon be obsolete

Job security is an illusion. I’ve said this before. But, lemme rap a little more on it, because if you watch trends, it’s becoming more and more obvious, in my 1000% biased mind, that… Soon, the standard tech job will be mostly obsolete. Every year, Upwork puts out a “state of freelancing” report where they break down the raw data related to freelancing and independent contracting work. In 2017, 36% of the U.S. workforce was freelancing. By 2027, the majority of the U.S. workforce will freelance. More than that, 54% of the U.S. workforce said they’re not very confident that the

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The simple secrets to high-paying freelance clients

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