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John Morris

I'm a Developer at WishList products, creators of WishList Member, instructor for the WishList Member Certified Developers program, and creator of numerous WordPress plugins and PHP applications.

WordPress Gutenberg is AWFUL compared to the classic editor

I got this comment yesterday on a Gutenberg video of mine:

“Anybody who knows HTML/CSS hates the damn thing. They should have incrementally introduced it.  Personally, I think it sucks. All the assumed functionality is has been removed.”

And I asked him:

“Compared to the Classic Editor?”

And he responded:

“Yes…I love the concept but the layout and how it works is not intuitive. This, in my opinion, is a fail. I’m sure it’s better. I just hate it.”

I honestly don’t get it.

What can you do in the Classic Editor that you can’t in Gutenberg?

Like, if you just wanna type a blog post like you did in the old editor, you can 100% do that. And, your experience will be almost exactly the same. Adding images is easier, IMO. And, there’s far more options now in Gutenberg for layouts, etc.

No, it’s not perfect.

But, compared to the Classic Editor?

It’s just not even close.

As for the rollout…

Mullenweg was talking about Gutenberg at least as early as the summer of 2017. There’s been a Gutenberg plugin out for almost a year and a half. If this took you by surprise, it’s the slowest-moving “curve ball” you’ll ever see.

So yeah…

Call me crazy, but I don’t get it.

The only way it seems you can call Gutenberg “crap” is if you compare it to other page-builders like Elementor or Divi, etc. Okay… but it’s just NOT one of those things right now. It’s a post editor.

And, in that sense it’s a massive improvement.

But whatever…

You do you.

You’ll be using Gutenberg soon enough.

It always happens.

And, there’s a lesson in that. 

People are horrible at “predicting” what technology they’ll use. How many people said the internet was dumb and they’d never use it? Smartphones? Social media? And, how many of those people ARE now using all of those things?

And, so it goes.

If you can predict this stuff, you can get ahead of the curve.

Get an advantage over everyone “swearing” they’ll never use XYZ.

Build products and services.

Out-compete those who get left behind.

Etc.

You just gotta have the guts to assess things for yourself.

And, not always follow the tide of what people “think”.

In any case, if you’re just ready to do that with Gutenberg, dive in and learn this thing and don’t want to learn yet another piece of software on your own, then check out my Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Gutenberg course on SkillShare.

Here’s some early reviews in case you’re wondering if it’s any good:

“John is so well-spoken and his passion for web development definitely peaks through. This class really helps the transition from the classic WP post/page editing to Gutenberg block editing. Thank you John, I feel confident tackling my first project using Gutenberg.”

— Karen Butler

“Excellent course for getting started with WordPress Gutenberg editor.”

— Jane D

“This course is the ‘JIT’! – Just In Time for the release of WordPress 5.0 featuring the new Gutenberg editor. The course is great for all levels of users wanting to get their feets wet and start learning how to use Gutenberg inside of WordPress. John (as always) does a superb job of covering the topic content with enough depth and breadth to let you get in there and make something useful. Thanks John!”

— Mark Zup

So, there you go.

Link to get no-cost access to the course is here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

John​​​​​​​

December 18, 2018

Web development isn’t that important

For real.

Think about it.

When you lay your head down at night and think about all the things you want for your life right before you doze off… yeah… you dream about PHP 8 I’m sure. You see yourself chained to a desk, typing code…

THAT’S what you really want outta life.

Uh-huh.

Or, Thanksgiving.

When you’re sitting around the table with your family, big spread of food you’re about to rip into and you’re telling everyone what you’re thankful for… I’m sure it’s “Well, I’m thankful for CSS transitions, React… definitely react… Node…”

No!

Of course, you aren’t.

Cause you’re a normal human being.

Not some code-obsessed psychopath.

Point is… coding, web development, design… all of it… is a MEANS to an end. Not and end in and of itself. The trick is not to fall TOO in love with learning it and become a permanent student.

Like I see so many do.

Learn it.

Learn it quick.

And, USE it to build the life you REALLY want.

With the things you’re REALLY after.

House, car, husband/wife, kids.

Whatever that is.

Coding is your vehicle to get it.

Don’t forget that.

That’s also why my coding curriculum is designed the way it is. To help you learn how to code FAST. To teach you the “muney-makers” you’ll use over and over in your career so you can get hired, get clients or build that next big app.

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL… freelancing.

It’s all in there and you can get access to it for nothing on SkillShare.

All the details on that are here: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/skillshare

Later,

John

December 17, 2018

100k/year on Upwork

To hear the trolls tell it, these people don’t exist:

“I have wasted 10 years of my life on a Master’s degree. And guess what? I am happy to realize that I don’t need it at all. Currently I make 100k+ yearly from my freelance business on Upwork/Freelancer, I am absolutely debt free, and going to become financially independent soon.”

Boris Vasilenko 

Nope.

Nothing to see here.

“These freelance sites are scams!”

“La la la la, can’t hear you!”

Truth is…

There’s plenty of this out there. AND, there’s plenty of people who’ve got on Upwork and never made a penny. With a platform that big, it’s inevitable. There will be winners and there will be losers.

Just how the cookie crumbles.

The difference I’ve noticed, though, is a couple things.

First. Mindset.

The people who tend to lose on Upwork and other freelance sites tend to think of them as  “get out of jail free” card. That they’ll put up a profile, do ZERO marketing themselves and good ol’ Upwork will take care of everything.

It no workey that way.

Successful Upwork freelancers…

Treat their freelancing services like a real business.

And, they market on their own like any other business would.

And, simply use Upwork to amplify their efforts.

Second. Strategy.

The people who are successful on Upwork have one. They take some time to think about how the platform works, what ITS goals are and they adjust their approach to give them the best chance of success.

They don’t just throw up a profile and “hope”.

And, what they find is the effort is worth it.

When the largest freelancing site on the planet suddenly starts seeing you as one of it top freelancers… well, you can imagine just how many projects start coming your way. It’s a bit crazy.

Anyway, I spent a bunch of time figuring Upwork out when I first started.

And, got to a point I was getting invited to so many projects…

I had to turn off my availability because I was getting overrun.

And, it’s simple stuff. 

But, counter-intuitive.

Sounds backwards, at first.

But, once you do it… you see.

Anyway, I teach you what I learned in my Freelancing on Upwork course (the #2 ranked freelancing course on SkillShare). How to build your profile, how to bid on jobs, how to market outside of Upwork and build a real freelancing business, etc.

You can get access to it for nothing on SkillShare here: https://skl.sh/2EhufQC

But, fair warning…

You’ll need to re-think some of what you “think” you know about freelancing and Upwork. If you go in, thinking you already have all the answers and know what will work, you’ll get nothing out of this course.

So, check the ego…

And THEN, let’s get started: https://skl.sh/2EhufQC

Later,

John

December 14, 2018

My success secret weapon

I gotta chuckle a bit.

Did you read that subject line like, “Really John?”

“Could you be more cliche, buddy?”

Heh. I’m just testing you.

Seeing who trusts me enough to open this email, anyway. 

Anyhoo…

I got something like that for you, today. Because man… today, I was feeling like a real turd. I’ve been talking all this “productivity” game.

And here I am today feeling unmotivated as hell.

Didn’t wanna send this email.

Feeling overwhelmed by my house.

And, not wanting to do s!@#.

At least, I WAS about an hour ago.

Now, I’m good to hook.

Typing away…

And, about to jump back into this house building.

What happened?

Simple.

I exercised.

I know. F!@#ing brilliant, right? “Oh John, you so smart. You like Bill Jobs. Or, Steve Gates. Me not worthy!”

I know, little buddy.

Take in my awesomeness!

But, for real.

It sounds simple, but it’s highly effective.

It’s a great way to knock all the cobwebs outta your head.

In fact, for me, it works every time I do it. Which is why I do it every time I’m feeling like a purple-haired milleni– er, I mean every time I’m feeling lazy.

Now, if you’re smart enough to look at that and go:

“Huh, lemme try that.”

Instead of blowing it off because it’s not some mind-blowing, super-genius insight. And, smart enough to know it’s not about how smart-sounding something is, but whether it actually works or not.

And, it’s about whether YOU actually do it or not.

Then, you’re welcome.

Hopefully, it works for you like it has me.

Also, YOU might get something out of my NO B.S. Guide to Get More Done course. It’s simple, yet highly effective, insights into how to handle procrastination, stress and overwhelm.

So you can keep motivated.

Productive.

And, focused on your long-term goals.

But, if you’re looking for “like totally rad life hacks, bro”… t’aint for you.

Anyhoo, you can get no-cost access to it on SkillShare.

All the details on that are here: https://skl.sh/2yIl8oP

Later,

John

December 13, 2018

The truth about becoming a web developer

I seriously feel like Scrooge, sometimes.

The grumpy old man, scoffing at the kids and their little “hacks” and gimmicks… imploring them not to get all wrapped up in every shiny new object that comes along… knowing full well they’re not gonna listen.

I especially feel it when it comes to LEARNING web development.

I get all these emails or YouTube comments or Facebook messages from aspiring web developers about staying motivated and getting through the hard parts of learning to code…

And, they’re always look for some “tip”…

Or “strategy”…

When, the truth is…

You can’t “hack” your way through that.

I think we’ve created such a “life hack” culture that the youngins seem to think there’s a “hack” for everything. Feeling uninspired. Life hack! Procrastinating a lot lately. Life hack! Arm got chopped off… life hack!

Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way.

Sometimes, you just gotta sack up and grind through it.

And, what matters in those moments is commitment.

How committed are you?

Think about that for a second.

Really ask yourself:

“How committed am I?”

Would you do whatever it takes to make this happen?

If so, you’re in good shape. And, you just need to realize that sometimes, some things are going to suck. Every day isn’t going to be rainbows and butterflies. “Love what you do and never work a day in your life” is a trap, in many ways.

But, if you’re committed, it won’t matter.

If this is what you really want, you’ll keep going.

That said, procrastination and burnout are real things. And, while there’s a certain amount of “you just gotta gut it out”, there are things you can do to not get so overwhelmed and stressed out as you go through all this.

These are non-hacks.

The purple-haireds would call them “life hacks”…

To make them sound secksy.

But, really they’re just common sense.

Anyway, using this stuff I’ve created and released 5 new courses in the last 6 months… all while running a business, homeschooling my kids and building a house. I know there’s no way I could have done it without this approach.

Of course, I have no idea if it’ll work for you.

I’m not some productivity “guru”.

But, if you wanna learn what I do…

I teach it in my NO B.S. Guide to Get More Done course.

And, you can get no-cost access to it on SkillShare.

All the deets on that are here: https://skl.sh/2yIl8oP

Later,

J​​​​​​ohn

December 12, 2018

Productivity leeches

It’s funny.

This time of year always gets me a little reflective. I want you to think about this, though. Why? I mean… why are you here? Why did you sign up for this mailing list in the first place? Why are you trying to learn development?

Or freelancing?

Or whatever the reason you’re here is… why?

We’re all pushing toward something greater. For me, it’s “retiring at 40” and spending as much time with my kids before they leave the house. Teaching them everything I know. Giving them the childhood I didn’t have.

What’s yours?

Stop and think about it for a second.

What does a day in your ideal life look like?

What do you do when your first wake up?

What’s next?

And, next?

As you imagine it, it sounds great, right?

Well, here’s the reality…

No matter how close you actually get to living that life, there are always going to be annoying things you don’t want to do that you HAVE to do. I bet the vision you just had probably didn’t include getting the oil changed in your car.

Or, getting groceries.

Or, scraping ice off the sidewalk in the middle of winter.

Or, any number of things you find annoying…

But, still HAVE to be done.

And, that’s where most people get tripped up. They let those HAVE-TOs kill their motivation. They just hang over your head like vulture waiting to pounce, sapping all your energy and making you feel miserable.

No matter how much you get done…

No matter how good your life gets…

No matter how much you accomplish.

They’re like little leeches sucking all the happiness out of your life.

That’s what I found, anyway, as I was going through all the different productivity and “time management” trainings I put myself through. Trying to get my s!@# in order and stop procrastinating so hard.

I knew if I ever wanted to actually GET that life I imagined for myself…

I had to handle this once and for all.

And, I’d just come off an epic failure CAUSED by procrastination.

And, none of these systems really addressed it.

As I did them, I always just felt like I had this cloud hanging over my head. Increasing my stress, making me anxious and killing my motivation no matter how many boxes I checked off my to-do list.

Anyway, that’s one of the things about the “NO B.S.” system I finally discovered.

It tackles these little leeches head on.

No kitty-footing around them.

In fact, they become an essential part of the system.

They’re what make it work.

And, help INCREASE your motivation.

When done right.

Building my house the last six months, while running my business and homeschooling my kids, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used this “hack” (that’s not really a hack at all, but just common sense).

It’s proven its effectiveness to ME 100 times over.

In any case, I have no idea if it will work for you. I’m not some rocket-surgeon who dissected the brain and figured out which pound of flesh to press on. But, I DO know that if YOU are actually going to get that life you imagined earlier…

Being productive…

Staying motivated CONSISTENTLY…

And, taking “massive action” will be required.

And, IMNSHO, you can only do THAT after you’ve slayed these productivity leeches.

In any case, believe and do what you want.

If you want to learn the system I discovered, I teach it to you in my NO B.S. Guide to Get More Done course over on the SkillShares. And, you can get no-cost access to it. All the deets on that are here: https://skl.sh/2yIl8oP

Later,

John

P.S. In case you’re wondering here’s a recent review of the course:

“Brilliant info. Highly recommended!!!” — Billy Peacock

Get started here: https://skl.sh/2yIl8oP

December 11, 2018

When you feel like procrastinating

Awhile back, I had a guy ask me:

“ok jump in where I am wrong…. YOU ARE: a teacher, a developer, a business owner, a husband, a father, a dog owner, a homebuilder??? Do you have a personal assistant walking next to you, feeding you to save time?”

Now, I think the typical response is..

“Aw gee shucks. I just do my best!”

But, the truth is…

For me, that’s not really the case. A few years back, I made a conscious decision to push myself as far as I could productivity-wise. I’d just come off a big project where I’d failed to deliver several key parts of the end product…

And, the client was taking a hit because of it.

And, there was nothing to say.

It was 100% my fault.

And, it was because I’d let procrastination win.

So, I decided I was never going to let that happen again. That’s about the time I started doing these daily emails. At that time, I had one course… now I have over a dozen. And yes, the last 6 months, I’ve been building a house.

None of it is an accident.

It was all done consciously.

And yes, I sleep a healthy 8-9 hours a night.

Spend lots of time with my wife and kids.

Aaaaand, walk my (supposed be my wife’s, btw) dog.

How?

Well, when I made that decision, I decided to put myself through a productivity “boot camp” of sorts. I tried about every productivity “system” and “trick” you’ve probably heard of. 

And, I was just ruthless about it working FOR me or not.

And, what I found is that I ended up spending more time DOING the productivity “system” — whatever it was — than I did actually BEING productive. Which was a NO-GO for me, Captain.

So, through lots of trial and error…

I developed my own system.

It’s a simple 10-minute “routine” I do every morning.

To get me focused…

And, clear on what needs done that day.

And, motivated to actually DO it.

Now, I won’t say that this will work for everyone. I honestly have no idea. It’s not some fancy “scientific formula” based on the “neuroscience” of rocket surgery. It’s just this thing I do that works really well for me.

Anyway, if you wanna give it a try and see if it works for you…

I teach it to you in my NO B.S. Guide to Get More Done course.

You can take that course for nothing over on SkillShare.

Deets on that are here: https://skl.sh/2yIl8oP

Later,

John

December 10, 2018

Gutenberg is a clunky, horrible mess

Spaketh the troll:

“The only thing laughable here is this smug, horrible take.

That’s what cracks me up.

Gutenberg is a clunky, horrible mess. I can see how the childish building block approach might appeal to an arrogant prick like yourself who believes that every sentence deserves a new line, but to real content creators who actually know how to write, it’s a nightmare. An actual blog, an actual article…something you clearly know nothing about, since you’re committed to this self-congratulatory “I’m smarter than everyone else” drivel you laughably call a blog.

I’m sure you’ll offer up some snarky reply about how it’s for developers and whatnot, forgetting that it’s also about the end-user and content creators. Of course, looking at what you’ve designed here, it’s clear that you don’t really know much about quality content or good design. More’s the pity.

In short, your take is bad, and you should feel bad. Sadly, you won’t. You’ll dismiss this as “hating”, just as you’ve dismissed all the valid criticisms of Gutenberg because, I don’t know, using it makes you feel special, important, and superior? I’m only guessing, but based on the attitude of this post and others you’ve made, I feel it’s a pretty accurate one. But hey, you do you, pal.”

–Troll

Oof!

The lady doth protest too much, methinks!

Anyway, notice how there’s no actual explanations here. No reason why. Just “it’s a clunky mess”. One bumbling line about “every sentences deserves a new line”… as if that has anything to do with Gutenberg.

Anyway, this is when you know you’re on the right track.

When, this is the best someone can up with.

Funniest thing is…

I guarantee this “real content creator” will be typing his blog posts in Gutenberg in less than a year from now. In fact, most of the Gutenberg “haters” will. It’s just how this stuff works.

Although, there probably still IS that one guy using Windows XP.

Anyhoo, t’aint no sweat off this gander’s back.

Keep using that clunky old editor if you like…

With your T9-enabled flip phone…

Riding your horse and buggy “into town ma”…

To pick up some spears and loin cloths…

Ok, ok… I digress.

Anyway, if you ain’t into all this debating and just want to dive into Gutenberg without having to learn “yet another piece of software” all on your own, my new Beginner’s Guide to Gutenberg course will show you everything you need to know.

And, access won’t cost you a buffalo nickel.

Deets on that are here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

John​​​​​​​

December 9, 2018

Gutenberg is NOT a page builder

This is the mistake everyone keeps making.

I’ve heard it probably a dozen times now.

“As a page builder…”

“Compared to Elementor…”

“If you’ve used Beaver Builder…”

I don’t care what WordPress calls it. What any core committer might say about it… Gutenberg is NOT a page builder. Not yet, anyway. So, if you’re looking at it that way and comparing to other page builders…

Sure, Gutenberg sucks…

As a page builder…

For now.

But, that’s the wrong comparison, IMO.

Instead, think of it as a post editor. And, compare it to the old TinyMCE editor. THAT is what Gutenberg is replacing. And, when you do that… trust me, if you actually USE Gutenberg a little bit.

You’ll go back to the old editor…

And wanna blow chunks.

It’s just not even close.

So, use Elementor…

Or Beaver Builder…

Or Layers…

AND Gutenberg.

That’s how I’m using it.

And, you can throw that nasty TinyMCE editor in the garbage.

In any case, the reality is as a developer and/or a freelancer, your current and future clients are going to be using this thing… whether YOU like it or not. So, you’re gonna have to know how to use it.

If you want an assist…

And, don’t wanna have to figure “yet another” piece of software on your own, I created a crash course on Gutenberg that’ll show you everything you need to know. And, you can get access to it for nothing on SkillShare.

All the deets on the course and how to get no-cost access are here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

John

P.S. Here’s an early review of the course in case you’re wondering if it’s any good:

“This course is the ‘JIT’! – Just In Time for the release of WordPress 5.0 featuring the new Gutenberg editor. The course is great for all levels of users wanting to get their feets wet and start learning how to use Gutenberg inside of WordPress. John (as always) does a superb job of covering the topic content with enough depth and breadth to let you get in there and make something useful.” — Mark Zup

No-cost access: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

December 6, 2018

Gutenberg. The death of WordPress

People crack me up.

I remember when I first showed my mom a smartphone. “What the hell do I need THAT for?” You should see her now. Getting her off Facebook is like trying to get a politician to quit lying.

I remember when Twitter came out.

“This is so stupid. Why would anyone care what I’m doing?”

We see where that went.

And yes, yes… I even remember when the internet came out.

(Old jokes will get you BLOCKED! :D)

There were people who said it’d never be a “thing”.

People are so often horribly, awfully, terribly wrong about technology and what they will and won’t use. Like really, really bad.

Enter WordPress Gutenberg.

People HATE this thing.

Just check out some of these “reviews” on the repository:

“The update NOBODY wanted.”

“This is like hell in WordPress.”

“Please let us keep using Classic Editor!”

You’ve got articles speculating that Gutenberg will be the “death” of WordPress.

Gimme a break.

Funny thing is…

Before Gutenberg, if you ASKED people about the classic editor and TinyMCE… they’d have ranted and raved at you for an hour about how awful it was.

Now, it’s this amazing thing we shouldn’t DARE change.

In any case, my challenge for you and all these people is simple. Use Gutenberg for a week to create all your content in WordPress. Then, switch back to the Classic Editor.

I guarantee you you’ll go, “Eh. This sucks.”

It’s not even close.

So, no.

Gutenberg won’t be the death of WordPress.

In fact, I predict that a few years from now, WordPress will be stronger than ever… in part thanks to Gutenberg. And, we’ll look back at this and wonder why we fought it at all.

But hey… I’m sometimes wrong.

So, we’ll see.

In any case, if you’re ready to just dive in and learn this thing and want a no-look pass, I just launched a new course on Gutenberg. And, you can get access to it for the big double zero over on SkillShare.

All deetsies on that are here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

Johannes “Gutenberg Ain’t S!@#” Morris

December 5, 2018

NEW COURSE: The Beginner’s Guide to WordPress Gutenberg

If you don’t know…

Gutenberg is the new editing experience for WordPress 5.0 and beyond.

And, it is a drastic shift in how post and page creation works in WordPress… moving from one large block of text in the Classic Editor to small, individual blocks of text and media in Gutenberg.

And, the big thing is… this is only the beginning.

Gutenberg will continue to become more and more apart of WordPress moving into full-site layouts and theming and even, eventually, into the WordPress admin area.

So, if you’re using WordPress and haven’t yet…

It’s time to learn Gutenberg.

Which is why I created this new course.

The goal is to get you up to speed with Gutenberg.

What it is and how to use it…

So, if you’re a content creator, you’re not just prepared for the change, but can push Gutenberg to its limits to create rich content and layouts on our site.

Or, if you’re a WordPress developer, you can get familiar with the concept of “blocks” and how your clients’ editing experience will change so YOU can help prepare and educate them.

In the course, you’ll learn all about the new WordPress “blocks”, creating rich content, the convenience of “reusable blocks” and more.

Plus, we’ll build an entire site from scratch using WordPress Gutenberg.

Best part…

You can get access to the course for nothing over on SkillShare. All the details on getting that no-cost access is here: https://skl.sh/2AQpjNj

Later,

John

P.S. If you’re a Patron, the course is waiting for you here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/course-beginners-23124757

December 4, 2018

Why you’ll fail as a freelancer

There’s lots of reasons:

  • You’re just not that good at what you do.
  • You’re not very good at dealing with people.
  • You picked the wrong market and services to offer.

I could go on and on.

But, by far, the #1 reason freelancers fail is they never learn how to consistently get clients. They rely on luck or “word of mouth”. They try this and that, but never learn and apply anything consistently.

They constantly worry that one day the clients will dry up.

And, if that does happen…

They have no idea how to fix it.

That was me the first few years of my freelancing career. I’d gotten a few clients by pure dumb luck. I’d picked a few up off Upwork. But, I really had no idea how. I didn’t know what to do to get more.

And, I clung to those clients like a vegan to her tofu.

And then, one of them decided to move on from me.

It was going to be a huge hit to my income.

And, I had no plan.

All the crazy thoughts kicked in. What if I never get another client? What if I can’t pay my bills? What if I have to go back to a regular job? What if my wife and kids see me as a failure?

On and on and on.

The silver lining is all that gave me the motivation to figure this out.

And, I did.

In fact, I built a system so powerful that I was turning away 4-5 clients/month because I simply had too much work. Several of those were high profile clients I’d have killed for just a few years earlier.


Of course, I’m no genius (just ask my kids).

This stuff really isn’t all that hard actually.

In fact, I basically just took what other service businesses had been doing for hundreds of years and combined it in a unique way. Something, I’ve never seen anyone else talk about, but based on well-established, tried and true business principles.

So, it’s no big secret.

Or, overly hard to implement.

You just gotta know what it is.

In any case, that’s what I teach in my Beginner’s Guide to Freelance course. And, you can get access to it for nothing over on SkillShare. All the details on the course and how to get no-cost access are here: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/freelance.

Later,

John

November 30, 2018

The best freelancing tutorial I’ve seen

Got this review from Mehandi:

“This is one of the best tutorials I have ever seen on freelancing from any tutor. I will highly recommend this course among my peers and others as well.”

I mean…

Clearly, Mehandi is a bright fella.

But, for realz…

The #1 thing that holds most freelancers back is getting new clients. Not delivering, not managing their finances, not “work-life balance” or any other somesuch. Getting new butts in the chair.

And, the #1 reason WHY…

Is they’re shooting from the hip.

No real idea HOW they’re getting the clients they got.

No idea what to do if things slow up.

And, I get it.

I was the same.

And then, I figured out a system. I built out a REAL business. And then, I DID know how I was getting clients. I DID know what to do to get more. I DID know what to do when things slowed up.

I ain’t no genius.

This stuff ain’t rocket surgery.

It’s simply a matter of being able to set your natural skepticism aside for a second, learn the system and then as I like to say: “Run it!” Fire that ish up and watch the clients roll in.

Believe that or not.

I’m not gonna waste time convincing you.

And, it ain’t no sweat off this gander’s back.

But, if you wanna learn that system, you can… for nothing.

Deets here: https://skl.sh/2pOiF5g

Later,

John​​​​​​

November 29, 2018

Blood-sucking freelancers

Fair warning if you’ve never been told.

It’s important to never get too close to your clients.

It’s a recipe for certain disaster.

Something I learned the hard way…

I had this client once I really liked. When we started, she was super laid back and easy to work with. She wasn’t trying to re-invent the wheel. And, she was actually willing to listen to me and my thoughts on her site.

And, I felt like she really liked me, too.

She always was pleasant when we talked.

Always said nice things.

Even as we worked through a stickier issue with the site, she was great.
Then, one day, she forwarded an email thread from one of her staff members about some question they had.

And, I was tracing back through the thread to get some context…

And, that’s when I saw it.

The most vile, explitive-laced paragraph I’ve ever seen a client write.

Calling me every name in the book…

And, spewing venom like I’d never seen.

It was like a knife to the back.

And, a hard lesson.

It’s amazing how quickly a client will turn from “loving you” to telling everyone they know you’re a “blood-sucker”. It can happen in a heartbeat.

In any case, my solution was simple.

I immediately fired her.

Copied that paragraph, sent it to her and said, “I’m done”.

She begged for forgiveness.

Even tried to hire me, again, several months later.

Apologizing profusely.

But, nope.

No dice.

I refused to let her hire me.

I can forgive, but I don’t forget.

Of course, I could fire her and reject her constant overtures because I had a backlog of clients waiting to hire me. And, I had that backlog because I’d created a system for GETTING those clients.

Makes things a helluva lot easier when you freelance.

And, you don’t gotta “swallow your pride” with s!@#%y clients.

Anyway, I teach you how to build that same system in my Beginner’s Guide to Freelance course. And, you can get access to it for nothing over on SkillShare. All the details on how are here: https://skl.sh/2pOiF5g

Later,

John​​​​​​​

November 28, 2018

I’m an uneducated moron

That’d be the conventional wisdom.

I only have my H.S. diploma.

No college degree.

Certainly no fancy-pants Master’s or doctorate. I’m just a lowly web developer building “boring” web sites for equally boring and uneducated people. To hear the know-it-alls tell it, anyway.

But, as I sit here…

On the land I own free and clear…

Looking at the house I’m building (and own free and clear)…

Pondering all the student loan debt I DON’T have…

I can’t help but think:

“This moron has done pretty damn well for himself.”

Some might call that arrogant. Other (smarter) people might see the lesson in it. Regardless, I think it’s becoming more and more obvious what a raw deal college is. And, specifically, talking about tech…

In my humble, but accurate, opinion…

There’s very few tech jobs that actually require a degree.

Sure, a few here and there.

But, far less than the screechers who will send me hate-mail about this would like you to believe. In most cases… a boot camp, an online course, hell just YouTube somtimes… will not only be cheaper, but give you a better education.

That and you don’t have to worry about all the “safe-spacers”…

And, purple-haired weirdos that tend to populate colleges these days.

In any case, do what you want…

I’m just giving you an alternate perspective.

You can be plenty happy…

And, do more than fine financially…

Without a bunch of letters behind your name.

(And, a bunch of zeroes in your debt column.)

Of course, as you know, MY coding curriculum is available to you for ONE zero… as in… zip, nada, zilch-o. Object-oriented programming, HTML and CSS, JavaScript, PHP, freelancing, Upwork and much more…

The whole shabang for nothing.

All the details on that are right cheer: https://www.johnmorrisonline.com/skillshare

Later,

John

November 26, 2018

I can smell your excuse from here

Once upon a week ago, I got a YouTube comment from a student of mine:

“Really? I made 35k on Upwork in the last 12 months. Seems like a good scam to me :)”

This was in response to the typical loser-screech of the Upwork haters that come out of the woodwork every time I do an Upwork video… calling Upwork a scam or whatever the excuse-word of the day is.

Then, some dingbat responds to her with this doosie:

“35k on Upwork? That’s because you’re a woman, you’re privileged and people pay you more.”

Lol.

The excuse-gerbil is spinning at maximum speed on that one. It sort of reminds me of all the excuses people make about why they can’t become a developer. Not smart enough or not “techie” enough (whatever the hell THAT is).

When, really it’s just about persistence.

And, hard work.

And, a little belief in yourself.

You can whine about everyone else and their “privileges” all you want. At the end of the day, nobody cares and it won’t change anything. You’ll be right where you are. And, they’ll be right where they are.

That or get off your arse and make it happen.

Anyway, for a lot of new freelancers, the problem with Upwork is they just don’t understand how it actually works. That it’s an algorithm-driven platform with very specific goals. And, that despite is “propaganda”, the client is king on Upwork.

But, once you do get that stuff.

Understand what its goals are.

And, how its algorithms work to support those goals.

Tweaking your profile and your bidding strategy to manipulate those algorithms in YOUR favor becomes obvious.

And, Upwork can become your little piggy bank.

Anyway, that’s what I teach you in my freelancing on Upwork course here: https://skl.sh/2EhufQC

But, fair warning… leave your stinky excuses at the door.

Ain’t nobody got no time for that s!@#.

Later,

John​​​​​​​

November 24, 2018

The BEST Black Friday deal

This time of year, boy!

Cracks me up. I assume your inbox was pounded with about 1000 Black Friday emails like mine was. CTRL+A. Delete. 😀

I used to HATE this time of year.

In fact, it was right about this time, several years, ago I hit rock bottom. I remember, I was going into town to get the kids some gifts. And, I already felt awful because they weren’t really getting much.

Because we were basically broke.

And, I also had this thing I really wanted.

And, I was driving, trying to figure out how I could do both.

And, for a brief moment, the thought of just getting what I wanted and saying “Ah, the kids have enough” flashed in my mind. And, it was like instant shame. I couldn’t help but think of my dad.

He used to do that s!@# to us all the time.

Christmas.

Birthdays.

He’d go “shopping” for us and come back with all this stuff for him…

And, little to nothing for us.

So, I felt like a complete dirt bag when that thought even crossed my mind.

And, that was the moment I said “NEVER AGAIN!”

Never again would I feel this way.

I will NOT become my dad.

And, I made a bunch of changes in my life.

And, I fortunately HAVEN’T been in that position since.

But, the biggest lesson I’ve learned along the way is persistence. Which is why I harp on it so much. It’s not effort or hard work or intelligence. It’s simply the ability to keep moving forward.

No matter what comes your way.

Stay focused on what you want.

And, continue to pursue it.

In the face of anything and everything.

It’s hard as hell, sometimes.

But, it ALWAYS pays off.

So, if you’re feeling it this time of year. And, things aren’t exactly how you might wish them to be. Remember…

NEVER AGAIN!

Steel your mind and get after it.

Anyway, one of the things that trips people up is learning how to get paid to do all this. It’s one thing to learn how to code. It’s a whole other to learn how to get PAID to do it. AND, paid well.

Becoming a freelancer was one of the things I changed when I hit rock bottom.

And, it’s been a god-send.

Completely changed my life.

Once I learned how to do it right.

Anyway, I’ll teach you everything I’ve learned along the way, becoming a 6-figure freelancer, in my Beginner’s Guide to Freelance course. Best part is you can get it for nothing over on SkillShare.

Zip. Zero. Nada.

Now, THAT is a “Black Friday” deal you can’t beat.

All the details on that are here: https://skl.sh/2pOiF5g

Later,

John

November 23, 2018

How to ask for a raise as a developer

Don’t just go in and ask.

Have a plan. And make sure your plan includes these three things… I learned from my brother as he went from 40K to over 110K in about 2 years:

Later,

John

November 21, 2018

The freelance nobody wants to hear

There are no secrets. There is no magic. The keys to success as a freelancer are boring, non-sexy and deadly effective… once you know them. Watch the video to learn them:

Later,

John

November 20, 2018

Do developers need a college degree?

“You don’t need college degree to be a web developer because people with advance college degree create libraries so that people without college degree can get a job.” 

That’s the comment I just got on YouTube.

🙄

Yeah.

Sooo… let’s tear this guy a new… ahem…

I mean, here are my thoughts:

Later,

John

November 19, 2018