About Author JohnnyJohnny is the founder of The Freelance Rant and a freelance web programmer with 8 years in the business. Have a visit at his company Oscarrr!web or see what he's up to on Twitter.
Posts by Johnny:
- 1/28/2011 - Top Ten Things I’m Highly Grateful For
You know, I seem to find myself whining a lot… clients late on payment, damn coffee stain on my computer screen. Well, enough of that. Positivity is the key to enlightment, and to keep away that nasty email for today.
10. Twitter: live proof that you’re not the only one goofing off at any point in time.
9. IE8 because, without it, I don’t think I’d have much work to do.
8. Due to the evolution of being able to give a summary of Moby Dick in 140 characters or less, emails have followed suit.
- 1/21/2011 - A New Approach to Setting Goals… Forget the Goals
Another January rolls around and it’s the same thing over again. Reflect on the previous year, figure out what you accomplished and what you didn’t quite get to yet. Then set some goals and see where those lead to.
Pretty much the same for years on end.
Of course it’s important to have a yearly audit of your own business and find ways to improve. That, however, usually happens without even realizing it. Call this trial and error with a bit of growing up.
Then there comes the list of goals… somewhat completed by the end of the year. Unless you can say you gave your absolute best effort into trying to achieve every last one of them, though, it would be hard to call it a success. More like somewhat of a success.
But, in my opinion, that translates into somewhat of a successful person, not exactly something to inspire to.
- 1/12/2011 - No Go For The Status Quo
I was a bit disturbed this week after viewing some news that really hit close to home. As you may have already heard, a shooting occurred in Tucson, Arizona where six people were killed, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl, and a U.S. congresswoman shot in the head.
Tucson is where I grew up and graduated college, not to mention, I regularly frequented the Safeway store where the shooting occurred.
What further disturbed me was that I found out in the headlines… all the way out in Spain.
Now, I have a general dislike of the media (though, yes, I do need my news sources once in a while) and couldn’t help but attribute the shooting as a product of the media and some deranged young man whose switch suddenly flipped. I could go on and on about that but that’s not what this post is about.
I’ve thought a lot about it in the last few days but my real beef with the media is its extreme power in shaping our actions without us knowing whether we are really hearing the truth or some crap to get our attention. This especially hold true when it comes to our employment. In case you haven’t you heard…
- 12/23/2010 - Top Ten Reasons For a Freelancer to Expect a Lump of Coal From Santa Claus
Let’s see, were you a good little freelancer this year? Come on, fess up. Yep, that’s what I thought. So here’s why Santa is making a special trip to a nearby pit mine for you. 10. You really needed something to heat your apartment with. 9. No worries… makes the perfect regift to a deadbeat [...]
- 12/9/2010 - Are You Still Doing One-Dimensional Freelancing?
For many years, I’ve worked as a solo freelancer. It’s perfect. I set my own rules and do the work the way I want it to be done. Plus I wouldn’t have lasted this long if the work I have done wasn’t top-notch (sure, I take pride).
But during those eight years, I’ve come to realize a major limitation of being the soloist freelancer.
You’re really one-dimensional.
That’s not saying your skills don’t match up to your other counterparts in freelancing. You’re unique, have your own style and likely do a hell good job. Focusing only on your own work, however, gives you tunnel vision for what is really available for yourself to learn and accomplish.
In other words, it’s time to branch out and work with others.
Recently, I’ve had the fortune to team up with a good friend of mine, Juanjo (say hwan – ho), a graphic designer, and the result has been an absolutely fantastic working relationship. Ironically, we’ve worked together in the past and butted heads somewhat so my initial apprehension level was rather high.
Not to mention, taking on a partner-in-crime means losing some of the control you have on your own work and business. And we all know that control is the milk that is poured into our Wheaties every day.
- 11/24/2010 - A Thanksgiving Poem (That I Came Up With in 5 Minutes)
Answering mails, launch a website
Mr. Turner wants a call back
Just another day at the grind
Before I hit the sack
Except this one is different
Can’t think of why
Maybe I’ll remember
After a Red Bull high
- 11/19/2010 - Top Ten Reasons Your PC Is on The Verge Of Calling It A Career
I’m not ashamed to admit it, I’ve used a Windows PC all my life. Sure, we like to make fun of it but often it is taken for granted for the workhorse that it is. It’s time we acknowledge its longtime use and give you some signs that it may be on its way to keeping that start button off for good.
10. Just can’t keep up anymore with those annoying little iPods.
9. Way exhausted from loading up all them heavy Photoshop files.
- 11/10/2010 - Five Glorious Things That Will Keep You Freelancing Tomorrow, Maybe The Next Day
Every day is a good day, right? Anyone?
There are many little joys to freelancing. Actually too many to even revel in them.
That fat check you got from Mr. Jones, spent a week later.
That week you finally took off because you were overworked… passed as if it were only a few hours.
A masterpiece of a project that gave you pride but not giving you the same feeling on a sort-of-blah-as-vanilla project being worked on now.