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I know what you mean, that's exactly why I wanted to ask the question in the first place, just to find out whether by freelancing and taking on just one project or two one could still make some little money. The fact with committment is that actually I do show committment and I can't help but wanting to commit, because I understand that my employer has deadlines and I don't want to let my team down. But at this point in my life I can see that I'm missing out on some many things, by being this committed.
It sounds like I should not consider freelancing but rather I should focus on changing my career to something entirely different and just keep coding for fun in my spare time.
I'm not sure what else you'd want to do where you can do what you want.
IT pays pretty well and we're in high demand, so I'd recommend staying in IT and finding another job for four or three days with flexible hours.
That way you'll have job security and a reasonable salary while still having some freedom to do the things you want.
Perhaps your current company doesn't have the culture you're looking for.
I've worked for companies that were always stressful and I've worked for companies that were always pretty relaxed.
The importance of office culture and environment cannot be underestimated.
What greatly helped for me too was having a job close to home.
As long as I can cycle to work within approximately 30-45 minutes (5-10 minutes by car) I'm a lot more relaxed than when I have to take the car and face traffic (although that may not really be relevant in these times).
Also, remove work e-mail from your phone, when it's an emergency they'll call and all else can wait until tomorrow.
Not having work e-mail can be stressing at first because you're so used to having it, but after a few weeks you'll feel more relaxed.
What you say it's so true - team culture and environment can certainly make or break how well we can create that work/life balance for ourselves.
Definitely staying in IT broadly or staying in software development and just find a company that can fully support my wish to work less is on the cards for me.
Essentially, the real reason behind all this is that I've started volunteering in my community and I'm slowly realising how, while I enjoy coding for a living, there are so many things I could be doing in my community and by coding professionally at the moment I am basically stopping myself from doing those things, because I never have enough time to dedicate both to the community and my family and my job. So, essentially, my alternative plan if I can't find a very comfortable job in IT/software is to stop working in IT/software entirely and find a job in the community. I'm considering going back to university and re-training either as a teacher or in the health sector (I'm volunteering in the health sector as a supporter). I would have to start a new career from scratch. But I'll always be able to keep coding for fun in my spare time!
A few things you may also consider, if you are the primary bread winner forget it you do not have the attitude to succeed.
Your cashflow is going to be erratic, no that is an understatement it can be horrifying when a client wants to pay you on 90 days or you contact a small business client only to be told they don't have the funds this month. You are going to spend a LOT of time chasing money that is owed to you, assuming you actually get some clients.
The paperwork is also going to take up 30% of your time, freelancing is not just about coding it is running a business and with your predilection for doing the minimum you are unlikely to succeed.
The only benefit to being a contractor is that you may be able to accept only short term jobs, you will still be expected to work a full week, every week the contract is on force unless you can negotiate a different deal.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity -
I'm old. I know stuff - JSOP
Ironically, driving Mrs. for what we hope will be her first shot (2 months earlier than mine) I heard a news report about someone having just died at a vaccination center.
It was after receiving the vaccine, the EMT's were literally right there - and they showed no signs of any reaction. I'm awaiting announcement of the actual cause-of-death.
Even if it were the vaccine, it's like 10,000,000:1 that it could happen to anyone, still, it will have it's effect. Actually, I'm wondering if any new (earlier) slots will open up for those still willing.
But those who were hesitant? Just what they "wanted" to hear.
I have to disagree. I know a few people who are afraid of not waking up from surgery. It's not that uncommon.
It's a tradeoff - hopefully one undergoes surgery to either have life-saving procedures or such procedures as are necessary for a decent quality of life. In that case, I for one, was glad that I just sort of remember waking up and nothing hurt whilst I was being cut up.
Risk/Reward - like driving (the drunk driver kills you), it adds enough to life to be worth the risk.
In two days time I will get the second helping...
I do know hundreds (and reportedly there are nearly 3 million) who already done it with no significant issues...
It is very sad when happens, and makes you think what are your chances to get the same - very legitimate and hard to argue with. My problem with those against the vaccine are the actual act of fake-news and (physical) prevention for those made the other choice...
"The only place where Success comes before Work is in the dictionary." Vidal Sassoon, 1928 - 2012
more anecdotal "evidence" - took my other half for her 1st shot yesterday. All well ... for a while! After about 6 hours began feeling very tired, feverish, nauseous, headache. Slept for 18 hours (her, not me) and still v. tired and off food, still headache, but improving. Daughter-in-law's sister very similar story from last Friday.
If nothing else, suggests it's not just a placebo they're giving us!
According to this article published by the NIH (Deaths following vaccination: What does the evidence show?) deaths from vaccine are extremely rare. While no probability figures are given, the article states that there is no evidence "at the population level" that vaccines cause death (end of section 3). That does not mean that other (quite serious) side effects do not occur, some of which are listed in the article.
The vaccine for COVID-19 is new, but there is no reason to assume that it is more dangerous than other vaccines.
I would estimate that your chances of getting killed in a car accident while driving (or getting mugged while walking) to the vaccination centre are greater than your chances of dying from the vaccination.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
-- 6079 Smith W.
Consider the odds of dying from the vaccine, versus the odds of succumbing to the virus. In other words, out of some 30 million who got the vaccine, there were almost no deaths. And that one person who did die: It has not been established that it was attributable to the vaccine. That versus out of some 30 million (not vaccinated) people who got infected, the death toll is approaching half a million. Consider those odds if you are concerned about the vaccine!
Actually, it's quite likely the side-effects are a good sign: it means your immune system is reacting. There's definitely a known incidence of more side-effects for the second shot - which makes sense since your immune systems' already able to recognize it.