Become a certified web developer

Me and a friend were recently discussing that he had decided he would want to start a career as a front-end developer. During our discussion it became known that one of the more famous sites for online courses Udemy.com * has a discount for a number of course. A lot of great (at least they seem so) courses have been discounted to the price of $10.

So my friend asked me what courses would be reasonable to undertake in order to gain fair knowledge about the front-end development stuff. Here’s the advice I gave him:

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Recently I was asked to answer a question in Quora. The question was something like: How to become an IT freelancer?

Not that I think I am the great professional or what not, but at least I’ve seen a course or two, trying to build my knowledge in programming and working for a few projects as a freelancer. So I felt confident enough to at least suggest my view point and some kind of sequence of steps and courses that I thought had logic.

Frankly I didn’t expect to write such a throughout and long answer but it happened naturally in some kind of way. It’s still not upvoted so I don’t know if it’s going to be very helpful for the readers of the topic, I guess we’ll see that as well. Nevertheless I think it might be of some value for some of you, so here it is the link: http://qr.ae/YvIuF

Have a nice reading and let me know if you strongly disagree with some of my points made here or there.

 

I recently stumbled upon an interesting account in twitter. It’s focus is usability and user interface. That was the place where I found about the following course. It’s 31 lessons about user psychology and how to make our websites more usable knowing the basic human motivations and emotions. The author of the course has a pretty funny way of expressing his concepts which makes the course light-weight and really not boring. I progressed trough all the lessons in about a week.

Looking forward for your feedback for this course as well.

UX Crash Course: User Psychology

Jeff Jarvis' What Would Google Do
What would google do book

Hey, I’ve just finished (listening) the book What Would Google Do and I must say it was great. The focus of the book was not so much Google as a company and its politics and corporate structure (as some may expect) as what are the principles and ideologies that Google preaches. As well as why such a principles are so successful in today’s world.

About the author (Jeff Jarvis)

After listening the book I became interested in Jeff‘s background and how did he got the idea of the book. Also what other ideas he got. So, naturally, I started following him at Twitter (@JeffJarvis). For anyone who is more interested in reading blogs, you could as well visit the BuzzMachine.com which I intend to follow as well.

 

What Would Google Do principles

The main principles I will take away after listening to this book are:

  1. Give people control, and they will use it;
  2. Control and trust are reciprocally correlated – the more you want to control your audience or  customers, the less they will trust you. Handle them the control and you will receive back their trust and willingness to follow you;
  3. Charge your customers as little as you can bare instead of (the regular and mainstream way) as much as the market could bare;
  4. Create a platform for collaboration and open all your information for third parties;
  5. Give your product’s core value for free and monetize on the additional value your product can provide to customers;

The rest of the principles I will left for you to discover.

After reading this one I added the other Jeff’s books to my to-read list in goodreads.

Probably the next books I am looking forward to reading (listening) are as follows:

  1. Tribes – by Seth Godin
  2. Start With Why – by Simon Sinek

I’ve just finished reading (listening actually) the EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches by Dave Ramsey. I would recommend it as a great motivational book. I can confirm that this book had a much more specific recommendations for growing successful business than most of the other similar books I read.

If I could put in a simple manner the things I took from this book, they would be:

  1. Start small and simple;
  2. Hiring is not frightening as long as you have the patience and perseverance to find like-minded people;
  3. Hire people that are like you;
  4. Build a team, not a crowd of workers;
  5. Treat your team members the way you would like to be treated;
  6. Delegating without control is a disaster;
  7. No victory comes fast or easy;

To say honestly, I was not a big believer in that “mission statement” thing. I often do hear the sentences: “Our mission statement is” such and such, “We have to have create a mission statement before we can be successful” and so on and so forth. I actually did not believe that such a “piece of paper with a bunch of gibberish in it” is of a significant importance to anyone. Dave Ramsey made me make up my mind. I still am not a huge believer but at least now I know what is its meaning and why it will come in handy at a certain moment.

I will recommend this book to anyone who is:

  1. A kind of entrepreneur
  2. Business owner
  3. working in a company but wants to change something for the better

As a conclusion: I became a fan of Dave’s and I will subscribe for his podcast on that topic: the EntreLeadership podcast.

I found a post about the benefits of writing a blog. I’ve been aware to many of the mentioned in that article but non the less I found a couple of new ones which have been eluded to me before.  That should be “you get smarter” and “writing makes you a better reader”.

Think and write your ideas and view points

Never the less I have wanted to write my own blog so I could share my ideas and interests with other people. So far, I didn’t share much of either but I hope it will get better in the near future. Maybe I’ll stick with sharing interesting articles about startups and stuff I’ve read recently.

This time I came here to share this article explaining why you should blog even if no visitors go to your page. Many people are concerned with that matter and often fail to consider the whole lot of other advantages you get when blogging about whatever.

I hope this article will get you on your feet again and convince you to start blogging. If so, write me to let me know. I’d be glad to share and talk with you about anything.

So here it is…

You should blog even if you have no readers

I found a very reasonable article from Mixergy. The post is about starting your own business without needing an exact idea or cash upfront. The is a video but you have to pay in order to view it. The good news is there is a video transcript in the bottom. It’s a bit longer but it is worth the time to read it.

Here is the exact link: SnapInspect: How To Find A Software Idea And Pre-Sell It Before It’s Built (Without Any Coding Skills Or Capital) – with Sam Ovens

Canvas business model generation

In this new post I would like to continue the topic from a recent one (Attending the Cisco entrepreneur institute) and suggest you a way of examining your future or currently existing business in terms of its model, its core values and its ways of spinning the cogs of the whole machine.

I am talking about the “Business Model Generation Canvas” or rather often referred as “the canvas”.

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I stumbled upon one very interesting and very widely discussed question. It gets even more discussed in times of recession. The question was “MBA or Experience?”.  The good thing is that I had the right answer (as I think at least). I got lucky I am listening the Freakonomics podcast kind of often and knowing they had their two-part episode about that question a while ago.

So if you are looking for the answer of that question too, swing by the answers.onstartup.com page with my answer and follow the links to the episodes there. And don’t forget to leave your vote on my answer, ok? :)