How to Be More Productive as a Coder (Collection)

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Over the years, I received thousands of emails from Finxters who are interested in a list of my “best” posts that concern the business and productivity side of computer scientists and programmers.

The following list is a curated list of the productivity related articles on the Finxter blog, ordered by recency: 👇

  • Freelance Software Development in the United States (US)

    The next disruption is about to happen in the freelancing space. Freelancing platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr grow double-digit per year. But what if you’re living in the US? Is freelancing still a great opportunity for you—given the worldwide competition? How much can you earn in the US? In this article, we’re going to … Read more

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  • How Many Freelance Developers Are There in the US?

    How many freelance developers are there in the US? There’s no official and precise answer. However, based on three credible sources—Upwork, Freelancer Union, McKinsey—I calculated an estimation stemming from each source. Here are our estimations for the number of freelancers based on three independent data sources: Upwork Data: 12,500,000 freelance developers in the IT sector. … Read more

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  • Freelance Developers, Specialize! 44 Profitable Niches for Coders

    As a freelance developer, many routes lead to success. But this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t decide which route to take and stick to it! Quite contrarily, the worst is to be a jack-of-all-trades—a freelance developer who doesn’t have the guts to focus on one specialized skill set. Specialization is critical for your success as … Read more

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  • Freelance Developer LLC — Is It Smart For You?

    Should you create an LLC as a freelance developer? In this article, you’ll learn about which clothes your freelancing business should wear. Make no mistake—choosing the right business entity matters. And informing about this question by reading articles like this one may be one of the most important decisions in your professional life. Short answer: … Read more

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  • How to Build Your Brand as a Freelance Developer [Ultimate Guide]

    This guide shows you the importance of building your personal brand as a freelance developer. Why Freelance Developing? Freelancing is the new mega trend in the 21st century. Freelancing platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr grow double-digits year after year. The COVID-19 crisis has revived the interest in remote work and, statistically, most people dream … Read more

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  • Top 3 Freelance Developer Contract Templates (Free)

    This article is for you if you are either of the following: You’re a freelance developer or freelancing agency and you want to offer your services to a client. You’re a client and you want to take the service from a freelance developer. If you belong to either group, you’re in the right place! 🙂 … Read more

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  • Keep It Simple, Stupid! Minimalism in Programming: How Complexity Harms Your Productivity

    This article is based on a book chapter from my upcoming book “From One to Zero: A Minimalistic Approach to Programming”. My programming students often write in with their struggles and failures. Many students ultimately overcome their struggles—but a large percentage of them give up their programming ambitions after realizing how hard creating software can … Read more

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  • 3 Beautiful Website Templates for Freelance Developers to Impress Your Clients [Free WordPress Themes]

    The landscape of work is changing—independent work becomes more and more important on a relative and absolute basis. Upwork and Fiverr, the biggest freelancing platforms, are growing double-digit year after year. Do you want to participate in this disruptive trend and become a successful (part-time) freelance developer? This article shows you the best website templates … Read more

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  • Freelance Developer Resume Template — Free Download GDocs + PDF [No Signup]

    Click on the image to create your own copy on Google Docs—opens the freelance developer resume template in a new tab in your browser: Get this Freelance Developer Resume Template in different formats: Google Docs for editing: https://docs.google.com/document/d/13PmALgq4LWu29zf67fzuqU2bVa9tSEd4gXgE-afqmXg/copy PDF for viewing: https://blog.finxter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Resume-Python-Freelance-Developer.pdf Resume PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY Are you looking for a value-oriented, experienced Python freelance developer … Read more

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  • Freelance Developer Job Description

    The pervasive freelancing trend is not coming to a halt soon. Millions of coders—beginners and experts alike—flock to this new opportunity to become self-employed as their own bosses while working on meaningful projects for clients. But what is a freelance developer anyways? This article will give you a clear job description! Freelance Developer Job Description … Read more

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  • Freelance Developer Reddit — 30 Posts to Binge-Read

    Writing this article, I must confess, was very challenging. Not because the content is difficult to write about—be assured, it isn’t—but because it involves scrolling through Reddit to find the best posts, comments, and subreddits regarding freelance developing. Have you ever found yourself endlessly scrolling through Reddit? Well—somehow I accomplished finishing this article despite the … Read more

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  • 9 Freelance Developer Books Every Coder Must Read

    Freelancing is the new mega trend of our time. Large freelancing platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr grow double-digit—they’re out to disrupt the organization of the world’s talents. And it seems like they’re succeeding! Do you want to participate in this trend rather than only holding on to your cozy developer job as long as … Read more

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  • Top 11 Freelance Developer Courses for Maximum Success

    Freelancing is the new mega trend. And there’s a good reason: more and more companies see the cost benefits of hiring outside expertise by the hour. Much like cloud computing revolutionized the server market, freelancing disrupts the talent market with a pay-as-you go model for businesses. The big benefits for freelance developers are convincing as … Read more

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  • 10 Freelance Developer Guides Every Coder Must Read

    There’s a new guy in town. He’s called freelancing and he’s out for no good. Freelancing platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr are out to disrupt the organization of the world’s talents. Both platforms grow double-digits year-over-year. The proportion of freelancers in the total population is on the rise. Soon, we may find ourselves in … Read more

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  • Top 8 Freelance Developer Udemy Courses [No-BS Comparison]

    Freelancing is the new mega trend. And there’s a good reason: more and more companies see the cost benefits of hiring outside expertise by the hour. Much like cloud computing revolutionized the server market, freelancing disrupts the talent market with a pay-as-you go model for businesses. The big benefits for freelance developers are convincing as … Read more

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  • Freelance Developer Hourly Rate By Regions and Professions

    What’s the hourly rate of a freelance developer? If you’re like me, you want to peek into the potential of a given profession before you commit years of your life to any profession like freelance developing. The average freelance developer worldwide earns $56 per hour with conservative estimates ranging as low as $31 and aggressive … Read more

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  • [Formula] How Much to Charge for a Project? For Freelance Developers & Clients

    Problem: How to estimate the price of a given code project as a freelancer and as a client? Estimating the price of a freelance software project is a common problem for both freelance developers and clients. On freelancing platforms such as Upwork, clients must associate a realistic price to their freelance project. On freelancing platforms … Read more

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  • Freelance Developer Net Worth

    What is the net worth of a freelance developer? In this article, you’ll learn the expected net worth of a freelance developer as a rough estimate. Definition net worth: Net worth is the value the assets a person or corporation owns, minus the liabilities they owe. It is an important metric to gauge a company’s … Read more

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  • Freelance Developer Skills

    This article is an excerpt of my detailed tutorial “The Complete Guide to Freelance Developing” on this FINXTER blog. We’ll answer the following question: What skills do you need to succeed as a freelance developer? Teaching many freelancing students, I have come to learn that most don’t believe they have all the skills they need … Read more

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  • Python Import Error (ModuleNotFoundError)

    Python’s ImportError (ModuleNotFoundError) indicates that you tried to import a module that Python doesn’t find. It can usually be eliminated by adding a file named __init__.py to the directory and then adding this directory to $PYTHONPATH. If this file (__init__.py) is in the folder, change the position of the import in the file that is … Read more

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  • Python One-Line Password Generator

    Can you believe it? People use unknown and potentially insecure websites to generate their random passwords! This works as follows: A website generates a “random” password for them and they copy&paste it and assume this is a safe password because of the randomness of the characters. What a security flaw! Why? Because the website could … Read more

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  • Python Comments — 2-Minute Guide with Exercise

    Wouldn’t reading code be much easier if the author constantly shared their thoughts with you? Commenting is good practice in Python because it helps others (and your future self) understanding your code much better. Writing commented code makes you more productive in the long term! There are two types of comments: one-line comments and multi-line … Read more

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  • Python One Line Class

    Do you hate those lengthy class definitions with __init__ and too many whitespaces and newlines? Python One-Liners to the rescue! Luckily, you can create classes in a single line—and it can even be Pythonic to do so! Sounds too good to be true? Let’s dive right into it! Problem: How to create a Python class … Read more

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  • Hello World! A Python One-Liner to Get Started with Python Quickly

    The “hello world program” is used in programming languages to set up a minimal programming environment and execute the first trivial program in it. It helps you get your environment going and take your first steps towards a more complicated program. This short tutorial will show you the fastest possible way to write your first … Read more

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  • How to Thrive on Fiverr as a Freelance Developer?

    ChrisWhile working as a researcher in distributed systems, Dr. Christian Mayer found his love for teaching computer science students. To help students reach higher levels of Python success, he founded the programming education website Finxter.com. He’s author of the popular programming book Python One-Liners (NoStarch 2020), coauthor of the Coffee Break Python series of self-published … Read more

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  • 6 Easy Steps to Get Started with Python

    When Guido van Rossum released the first viable Python version 0.9.0 in 1991, he couldn’t have expected (by a long shot) that he was on the verge of creating the most influential programming language in the world. Python has a bright future: every new Python version adds new features to the programming language. In this … Read more

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  • [7 Steps] How to Start Your Freelancing Business on the Side?

    Do you dream of creating your own coding business online as a web developer, Python freelancer, or programmer? Creating your coding business on the side is one of the best ways to test the waters and build crucial business skills before you fully commit to your new freelancing venture. Here are the eight steps to … Read more

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  • Python One Line to Multiple Lines

    To break one line into multiple lines in Python, use an opening parenthesis in the line you want to break. Now, Python expects the closing parenthesis in one of the next lines and the expression is evaluated across line boundaries. As an alternative, you can also use the backslash \ just in front of the … Read more

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  • How to Become a Python Freelancer—and Earn $1,000 on the Side? [A Step-by-Step Tutorial]

    Do you want to earn money as a Python freelancer? But you just start out learning Python? This article leads you step-by-step through the adventure of becoming a Python freelancer. Learn about the exact steps you need to do to become a Python freelancer – starting out as a Python newbie. Without losing any time, let’s dive into the 7 steps of becoming a Python freelancer.

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  • The Unstoppable Force of Deflation vs Central Banks

    ChrisWhile working as a researcher in distributed systems, Dr. Christian Mayer found his love for teaching computer science students. To help students reach higher levels of Python success, he founded the programming education website Finxter.com. He’s author of the popular programming book Python One-Liners (NoStarch 2020), coauthor of the Coffee Break Python series of self-published … Read more

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  • The 80/20 Principle in Programming

    In this article, you’ll learn about the profound impact of the 80/20 principle on your life as a programmer. It’s based on a first draft of a chapter from my upcoming book “From 1 to 0: A Minimalistic Approach to Programming”. The 80/20 principle has many names but the second most famous is the Pareto … Read more

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  • How to Allocate Your Time as a Freelance Developer? The 40/30/30 Rule for Maximal Productivity

    Here’s the time allocation for freelance developers: 20% Become a Business Genius: Read business books and complete business courses. 20% Master Your Niche: Read programming books and specialize. 30% Increase Demand for Your Services: Apply for gigs and generate leads into your business. Learn more here. 30% Do Work For Clients: Always overdeliver to feed … Read more

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  • [Collection] 11 Python Cheat Sheets Every Python Coder Must Own

    Ultra short summary: You want the most dense cheat sheet in Python? Check out this cheat sheet! You want the most comprehensive cheat sheet course? Check out this cheat sheet course!

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  • Lost Your Sight? How to Code as a Blind or Visually-Impaired Python Developer

    I’m a developer who is blind. I’ve been blind since very shortly after birth. I’ve never gone through losing my sight. I wanted to see if my perspective lined up with that of others who are blind, but have lost their sight later on in life. Here is what I found out: I reached out … Read more

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  • 5 Freelance Developer Tricks to Build a Sustainable Business

    Do you want to thrive as a self-employed Python freelancer controlling your own time, income, and work schedule? Check out our Python freelancer resources: Finxter Python Freelancer Course:https://blog.finxter.com/become-python-freelancer-course/ Finxter Python Freelancer Webinar:https://blog.finxter.com/webinar-freelancer/ Book: Leaving the Rat Race with Python (Pre-Release):https://blog.finxter.com/book-leaving-the-rat-race-with-python/ ChrisWhile working as a researcher in distributed systems, Dr. Christian Mayer found his love for … Read more

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  • 7 Sources of Passive Income for Coders

    These are the types of passive income: Affiliate earnings Advertising earnings eBooks Online courses SaaS Index funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) Real estate ChrisWhile working as a researcher in distributed systems, Dr. Christian Mayer found his love for teaching computer science students. To help students reach higher levels of Python success, he founded the programming … Read more

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  • 3 Passive Income Ideas on Upwork or Fiverr

    The following three ideas can lead to passive income using Upwork or Fiverr: Hire experts in their niches on Upwork or Fiverr to create online courses and sell them on Udemy Hire experts in their niches on Upwork or Fiverr to create ebooks and sell them on Amazon Hire freelance developers on Upwork or Fiverr … Read more

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  • What’s the Hourly Rate of a Python Freelancer?

    $56/hour How much can you expect to earn as a Python freelancer? The average Python developer worldwide earns $56 per hour (fluctuations between $51 and $61). This statistic is based on five credible online sources including the US government. In the US, the average Python developer earns $60 per hour or more. Based on a conservative … Read more

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  • Python Freelancing: My First Fiverr Gig and How I Solved It

    Basic Webscraping Script in Python | Requests | BeautifulSoup | ArgParse Sold Gig ($35) This is the gig description I offered on my profile to get my first gig: An email marketing company hired me to write a Python script that satisfies the following requirements. Requirements What is the input? (file, file type, email, text,…) … Read more

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  • [Summary] Independent Work: Choice, Necessity, and the Gig Economy

    McKinsey Authors: James Manyika | San FranciscoSusan Lund | WashingtonJacques Bughin | BrusselsKelsey Robinson | San FranciscoJan Mischke | ZurichDeepa Mahajan | San Francisco Anyone who has ever felt trapped in a cubicle, annoyed by a micromanaging boss, or fed up with office politics has probably dreamed of leaving it all behind and going it … Read more

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  • This 5-Step Free Python Learning Path Will Unlock Your Coding Superpower [Absolute Beginners]

    In this article, I’ll show you five free resources you can study to reach an intermediate Python level being an absolute beginner. Studying all the resources will take 20-40 hours. But after you’ve completed these steps, you’ll have created yourself a new high-income skill Python development. So, let’s get started! Step 1: Complete Python Crash … Read more

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  • The 6 Best Python Easter Eggs

    This article compiles a list of little surprises in the Python programming language. Check out the following Instagram post to see them in an interactive mode (swipe right). View this post on Instagram A post shared by The Python Blog (@finxter.com_) on Nov 11, 2019 at 10:35pm PST Here are the best easter eggs: The … Read more

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  • Python Career Paths: How to Learn Python to Get a Job

    Let’s be clear: you learn Python to get a job. Sure, coding is a fun, fulfilling hobby. But at the end of the day, we all dream of getting that developer job and finally putting our hard-earned skills to good use earning a comfortable six figure salary: Junior Developer: US Salary $73,537 Software Tester: US … Read more

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  • Python Freelancing | How to Exploit This Disruptive Mega Trend (as a Coder)

    Short summary of the main points in the video: Freelancing is a mega-trend that will disrupt the organization of the world’s labor in the next 10-20 years. Freelancing platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr grow at 20% per year. You can participate in this trend by focusing on one tiny niche—and become world-class at it. … Read more

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  • Python Functions and Tricks Cheat Sheet

    Python cheat sheets are the 80/20 principle applied to coding: learn 80% of the language features in 20% of the time.Download and pin this cheat sheet to your wall until you feel confident using all these tricks. Download PDF for Printing Try It Yourself: Exercise: Modify each function and play with the output! Here’s the … Read more

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  • [Collection] 10 Best NumPy Cheat Sheets Every Python Coder Must Own

    Little time to learn NumPy? This article shows you the ten most amazing NumPy cheat sheets. Download them, print them, and pin them to your wall — and watch your data science skills grow! ?‍? All NumPy cheat sheets in this article are 100% free. All links open in a new tab (so feel free … Read more

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  • What Are the Best Freelancing Sites for Coders?

    Freelancing is the new way to organize the world’s talents. The appearance of big freelancing platforms made it possible to exchange talent efficiently—across borders, currencies, and niches. You can watch the following video as you go through the article: Freelance Developer Course Link This article is for you if: You’re a freelance developer and you’re … Read more

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  • Scrum vs. Waterfall vs. Agile – What’s Right for You?

    In this article, we will completely ignore the coding technicalities and syntax for a change. We’ll focus on time and work management, which represents a significant portion of a skillset of well-rounded and successful companies and individuals.  Disclaimer: A clear distinction between project and product management might be blurred in some organizations, and could be … Read more

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  • How to Show Only Unread Messages in Primary Gmail Tab?

    This is a small trick I learned the hard way. When working through the massive amounts of emails, I often wondered: how to get only the unread ones in Gmail that are also in the primary tab? Queries like these happen quite frequently when working with Gmail. As it turns out, there’s a simple solution: … Read more

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  • Python vs Go – Which Language You Should Choose

    Both Python and Go are extremely relevant today. Both languages are widely used. However, many people have been switching from Python to the newer and faster language Golang, also known as Go. Go is a much newer language than Python, released by Google in 2009, and it has many advantages over many other programming languages. … Read more

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  • [Story] Winter is Coming — or What's the Best Python Freelancer Course?

    It’s a cold Tuesday morning in December. After a long drive in your warm and cozy car—you enjoyed your favorite podcast—you finally arrive at your office. You prepare a hot cup of coffee for you and Mandy, your colleague and best office friend. While filling in the coffee beans (their rough, chocolate aroma fills the … Read more

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  • How Not to Waste Time and Money? (And Crush it in Business)

    Today, I got the following message from one of my freelancer webinar course members: “I am in the same situation as you were. I am in a PhD program and have a family. I would love to get started with freelance programming. You have to understand what you offer [The Python Freelancer Course] is very … Read more

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  • How to Boost Your Intelligence? 10 Tips From Science

    This book chapter from “Brain Games Python” provides you with tips to help you become a more intelligent human being. Ignore them at your own risk! 1. Sleep More Sleep deprivation reduces your intelligence [Killgore 2008]. Say, you decide to sleep only six instead of eight hours from now on. Congratulations, you’ve gained 8% more … Read more

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  • How Fake News are Holding You Back in Python

    Experts in their field read more books! The rise of “Fake News” shows that the quality of information is a valuable asset of the information society. With poor quality of information comes poor knowledge and expertise. Let’s order the content types based on the quality of information they tend to generate (from low quality to … Read more

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  • Attention, Python Coder! What Can You Learn from the StackOverflow 2019 Developer Study?

    The yearly StackOverflow Developer Study is the largest of its kind. Every year, more than 90,000 developers participate by answering a 20-minute questionnaire. Because of the great insights, the StackOverflow study is a must-read for uprising developers and coding talents. This article gives you a short overview of the key highlights of the survey. Interestingly, you can … Read more

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  • Why does Python Look Great on Your Resume?

    Nothing to add—let’s get started! ? Python is the fastest-growing major programming language. A StackOverflow 2019 developer survey shows that Python is not only faster growing than C++, Java, JavaScript, and any other major programming language, it also comes with a happier community that loves the language most. Python is great for machine learning. Python comes with … Read more

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  • Don't Compete on Price as a Self-Employed Freelance Developer

    Today, there’s a global competition in the coding market. If you create your coding business online, you compete for business with coders all around the world. Become a self-employed freelance coder in the trendiest programming language in the universe! And there are great coders in India, Pakistan, and other countries who have a great advantage … Read more

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  • Programming Your Intelligence

    This is a first draft for an introductory chapter of the fifth book of my “Coffee Break Python” series. If you want to follow the updates of this book, subscribe to my Python email training program where I’ll announce the book as soon as it’s ready. A large body of psychological research divides your general … Read more

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  • How Long Does It Take To Become A Python Developer

    This is a common question on many forums. And the answer is — it only takes a few seconds. It’s all about your self-perception. Writing my first (Python) book was hard. It was hard to produce unique text, day after day, without any immediate feedback from the market. Working on such a long-term project without getting any … Read more

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  • Don’t Think in Terms of Resumes as a Coder — Do This Instead!

    The world of programming is different than other professions because it’s a practical, hands-on profession. Coders who get results and can showcase practical projects that solve real problems will always win in this marketplace. You don’t need a degree. Say, you just solved one Upwork project after another. You have a lot of good testimonials … Read more

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  • Why You Should Offer Your Services For Free as a New Freelance Developer?

    I got this question recently regarding Python freelancing and I immediately thought that’s a brilliant idea. (Seriously.) Why should this be a good idea considering that Python freelancers earn $51 per hour on average? Because you can increase your Python skill level but you don’t have to polish your salesman skills from day one. It’s … Read more

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  • Can You Get A Job Knowing Only Python And No Other Programming Language?

    Of course, you can. However, the question misses the point. It’s not about how many programming languages you know. It’s about how much expertise you have in the areas that matter. If you are good at Python, you’ve already proven that you have expertise in the technical programming area. Now, it’s much more about how … Read more

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  • A Simple Formula to Reach Any Success

    Yesterday, I found this email in my INBOX — sent by Finxter Muhammad, one of my most loyal “Coffee Break Python” email readers: ~~~ I have good news I got a job as a Python programmer in a software house.All credit goes to you – Your daily puzzles made me good in Python….. ~~~ While … Read more

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  • Focus on One Thing. But What’s the Thing?

    This article does not give you the standard advice: do what you love. You should love what you do but you don’t necessarily have to do what you love. Oftentimes, the love comes by being successful in a thing. But to be successful, you have to differentiate yourself in the 21st century. In business, it’s … Read more

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  • What is a Career in Computer Programming Like?

    All programming is not created equal. Having said this, I don’t know a single programmer who regrets his choice of learning to program. With growing automation, programming becomes more and more a skill that is at the heart of many tasks in our society. No matter whether you work in the medicine, logistics, retail, or … Read more

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  • How Does One Become a Freelance Coder?

    Becoming a freelance coder is both easy and difficult. It’s easy because everybody can do it within a day or so. And it’s hard because most people fail miserably because they don’t know the right way of approaching this. Maybe you are interested in coding, or maybe you are already very good at coding. But … Read more

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  • How Python Freelancing Helped Me Create a Thriving Coding Business on the Side

    I’m a full-time online business owner working in the Python education space. But I started my career by working as a doctoral computer science researcher at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. While I was working there, I started my online business by finishing a few Python freelancing jobs. Creating a side-business helped me greatly in … Read more

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  • What Non-Programming Skills to Learn Online That Will Explode Your Career Options?

    Do you work in the software development industry? Big news: programming expertise is an important skill set that will help you accelerate your career. For example, one of the most satisfying and highest-paying jobs are DevOps specialists (read more on my blog article about this excellent job description). But DevOps specialists need to have a high-level of coding expertise—gained … Read more

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  • How to Invest as a Python Programmer?

    Investing is the most natural thing in the universe. Trees invest energy into seeds. Parents invest time, money, and sleepless nights into their children. Companies invest in employees. States invest in public school systems. They invest because they expect growth of their investments. The one who invests more and smarter has a huge structural advantage. … Read more

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  • Is it too Late to Learn Programming and Find a Good Job at the Age of 25?

    Not at all. There are at least four reasons why you can start to learn to program at any age and become successful—especially if you are only 25 years old! First, you don’t need to become an expert programmer to pursue your dream job. Most jobs that most people would consider as “dream jobs” do … Read more

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  • The Workforce Disruption of the 21st Century

    You may be interested in creating your own (side-) coding business online. The world has changed. Today, freelancing is THE most suitable way of organizing, managing, and delivering talents to creators in the 21st century. Here’s how freelancing impacts every aspect of my professional life today: I work as a freelancer myself. This was how … Read more

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  • What’s the Return on Your Invested Time?

    For months, I was focusing on Facebook marketing only to realize one day that this activity destroys my time without generating any value for my Finxter.com users and myself. I developed the habit of calculating the ROI for one activity every day. The result of this simple activity blew my mind and changed the whole game for … Read more

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  • How to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs and Reach Mastery in Coding

    You think you don’t have it in you to become a master coder? You’re right. You think you are the king in coding? You’re right, too. Learning to code is a question of confidence. You must set yourself on a cycle of positive reinforcement. You try new things, stretch your skills to the limits, get … Read more

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  • [Life Hack] How to Overcome the Imposter Syndrome as a Doctoral Computer Science Researcher (and Thrive)

    When starting out as a doctoral researcher, I felt like an imposter: unworthy of contributing to the great corpus of academic research. I respected my colleagues a lot—they were smarter, more knowledgeable, and more skilled. How can I make a difference in a world full of highly skilled people? Fortunately, I watched a TED talk … Read more

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  • [Life Hacks] Where Should You Live as a Freelance Developer?

    Do you dream of living the freelance lifestyle? Becoming a freelance developer can greatly simplify your life. However, it can also turn out to be an uphill battle you cannot win. As a Python freelancer, you can expect to earn $51 per hour on average. However, one of your biggest expenses in life is housing. … Read more

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  • Why Most Programming Blogs Fail

    Writing a tech blog about your dream programming language — Python, Java, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C++, Go, or even Erlang — is a fun way of boosting your own skill level, gain reputation in your field, and share your knowledge with the world. But it’s also an ungrateful job. If you are like most people, … Read more

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  • Why Does Finxter Exist?

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