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Overcoming holiday blues, my proven routine

If you are like me, you take a well deserved summer holiday with your family in August. It is a great time to spend a week or two with them to relax, over indulge and spend quality time together.
I have just come back from a fantastic two week holiday in Belek, Turkey. I am rested, tanned and have gained 3 kgs, but am dreading going back to work.
Are you in the same boat?
If so, I have a routine that I have developed over many years that helps me get over those post holiday blues.
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By Nicholas Foster, ago
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How to make extra money from side projects

 Are you unhappy with your current salary or contract rate?
If so, then you should look at creating extra money from side projects. I have been doing side projects for many years now that have paid for the latest tech and luxurious holidays. They have been fun, improved my current skills and taught me new ones. To help you get started, I am going to show you four extra income streams that I have used and been successful with.
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By Nicholas Foster, ago
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Should I go contracting?

 I guarantee this question constantly goes through your mind, especially at year end when your salary adjustment or performance appraisal does not meet your expectations.
After the extended break though, you always make the decision to stay another year, work harder if that is even possible and hope it gets better this year. But is that the right decision for you and your family? Do you feel anxious that you have even made the right decision? I have been a contractor for a number of years and an employee for even longer and am going to outline what I have experienced to help you evaluate whether you are making the right decision.
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By Nicholas Foster, ago
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Technical track or management, cannot decide?

This is one of the toughest decisions every software developer (me included) has to make during their career. It is also a decision you may revisit again later in your career when your aspirations change. This post will provide you with some helpful and practical decision making advice that I have used whilst mentoring many developers through this difficult decision process. (more…)

By Nicholas Foster, ago