Tech Job Horror Stories

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Saw this comment on YouTube:

“Silence? Where do you work? Virtually all of the tech industry is obsessed with “collaborative” environments where they stack rows and rows of highly paid developers next to each other on benches. They don’t even have dividers. All I hear all day are the empty vessels in the room shouting into their phones to make sure everyone notices their presence.”


“I’m almost 20 years into my career, I have several handful of languages and frameworks under my belt. I still get grilled for WEEKS. The hiring process is broken. The interview process can include multiple rounds, homework assignments, in room coding exercises and more. Literally multiple interviews across multiple weeks to show that you can do the thing you’ve been doing for two decades. Mind numbing.”

Aaaaaand, this is why I freelance.

Holy schmoly.

Freelancing ain’t perfect… but it ain’t THAT.

Of course, the big *supposed* problem with freelancing is “job security”. Getting jobs consistently and bringing in a consistent eeencome. And, frankly it’s real. With freelancing, it’s all on you.

You don’t perform… you don’t eat.

And, there’s no week-long, “I’m checked out” Netflix binges.

It can be a lot of pressure.

And, be scary as hell.

Hell, I had more than one “no-dinero” months early on.

The trick, though, is in systems. Building systems for growing your reputation, getting noticed and bringing in new clients. Once you learn the systems and put them into place…

It gets a helluva lot easier.

In fact, I’d dare say it’s MORE secure than a regular J.O.B.

Because, YOU control it.

Not some 22-year-old “tech-bro” CEO…

Who might blow all the corporate dough on a weekend bender.

You just gotta learn (and implement) those systems.

Of course, freelancing ain’t for everybody. But, if you’re someone who wants to control your own destiny and don’t immediately piss your pants at the thought of your success being 100% determined by YOU…

Then, it might just be your thang.

Anyhoo, if you want to learn the systems I figured out for consistently getting freelance work on Upwork, enroll in my Upwork 101 course. You can get started for nothing on SkillShare here:

Start the exclusive 2-month trial.

Take the course and get rolling on Upwork.

Cancel anytime before the 2 months is up.

And, never pay a penny.

Or, you know, try not to vomit too much in your interview with “tech-bro”.

Whatever floats your boat.

Link to get started is here:



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