Yesterday I worked with a really great programmer. He was amazing when it came to programming and he seemed to be a really smart guy overall.
He told me something that made me think a bit. This advice is a pretty smart one. (This is the copy and paste from the chat we had…)
“the trick is your mind
you have to be in an atmosphere you feel well
you feel well and you’re undisturbed
in my case I rented an office near the down town and I don’t feel well with it
because it’s very loud
sounds of care, people shouting,….
when I didn’t work very hard, it did not disturb me
but since I’m working hard I found out that that is one point that must be changed
so what I did I canceled the rent 3 moth ago
this month is the last month and next month in 2nd of may I’m in my new office
very quiet and 7,5 km away from the downtown
there is one question you need to ask yourself
what do I need to change to make more profit
and the other question is
what will it cost me to change it. Will the investment return directly if the situation is change,…
learn to optimize
I’ve one important discovery I made a few month ago
a few month ago I tried to put my monthly costs as low as possible
so what I did:
I rented a small house in a bad place
price was very cheap but surrounded by bad people
I did feel bad and the income come done
I asked myself why it came down
and I found it out
your mind knows if you feel well or not. You cannot lie yourself
and in programming the most important thing is that you have clear mind and not to many unuseful thoughts
so in fact for me it was better to pay more in rent then stay in a cheap rent
because the damage it caused was higher then taking an expensive one in a good city”
I think this applies to all kind of jobs. It doesn’t matter if you’re a programmer or if you’re working with something else. If you cant focus, you wont make as much money as you could if you had a clear mind.
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This is a very good money saving tip. I often use Scriptlance.com to find cheap programmers, designers, article writers and other kind of people that I need. Scriptlance is a really good site but here is my tip: Always use more than one of these sites to find your workers!
I only used Scriptlance for years not caring about other sites. But, the fact is that if you post your project on a couple of these kind of sites you will get more bids. And some bids are often very low. Yesterday I saved $80 on a project.
Most of the bids where around $100 for finishing my project but at one site I got a bid of $20. I choose that bid as the winning bid and it took the programmer from India about 5 hours to finish the project.
This is a really easy way to save money.
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I started a couple of website in the same niche. I wanted to place them on different IPs. Lots of people say that IPs doesn’t matter but I think it does!
I found a host called TinyShared, they are now known as 859compute. This was $10/year hosting! I know I was taking a big chance when signing up for this host so I placed “not so important” sites on there.
My sites have been down several times every week. If they’re not down then they’re loading incredible slow.
All of a sudden one of my sites just disappears! The database is still left but the domain + php-files is not there anymore.
I start to mail 859compute but I dont get a reply.
The lesson to be learned is that if you find hosting that is incredible cheap, dont use it! I see now that 859compute have raised their prices to $50/year.
I wouldn’t touch 859compute with a stick, they can raise the price all they want but their hosting will still suck!
I think I will be better of just getting a pair of new IPs to my dedicated box.
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