Dec
13
2013

Let's Level Up

December 13, 2013

What is this blog about?

In order to be the best you can be in anything in life, you need to practice. My goal with this blog is to give actionable advice on how to practice in order to "level up" as a developer and/or a consultant.

How I can help you: the developer

  • I'll show you how to make yourself more marketable by improving your design and front-end skills. If you're a developer that "only does back-end" work, come up for air and change that viewpoint. You may not become the next best designer, but you need to be competent.
  • I want to help you to avoid getting too comfortable with your skillset. The web and mobile space changes rapidly and becoming comfortable is a mind-trap that puts you in an excellent position to watch the rest of the industry pass you by.
  • I'll teach you how to stay sane when working with large codebases.

How I can help you: the consultant

Like most, I started out on nights and weekends. Even though I had read a lot from others, it still took some trial and error to learn the ropes.

  • If your a developer interested in making the jump to consulting, I'll explain how to get there, and how to know you're ready.
  • I'll explain pros and cons of subcontractors, and how they helped me grow my business.
  • I'll explain tips to help you raise your rates and pitch ideas.

How I can help you: better your life

I'm no life coach, but I want to share some things that have helped me live a happier life. The first step (learned by me the hard way of course)? Don't work too much!

Why should you listen to me?

I haven't given any large talks, created a massively used open-source library, built echobind into a huge agency, or written a best selling book. But my guess is, more than likely, you're in the same boat.

I want to show you how these are all excellent long-term goals, but they are absolutely not requirements in order to be a successful and profitable developer or consultant. You can be a little fish in a big pond and still have a sustainable business and a happy life. Most of echobind's clients love the personal attention and camaraderie they get from working with a small agency.

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