Chopping Block Icon

What if an app could save you hours of time, resources, and headaches? Would that interest you at all? Our latest app, called Chopping Block, does just that. Chopping Block is an application that helps app developers resize their app icon images from 1024×1024 to all the various app icon size requirements. 

 

Each device platform requires different app icon sizes and can become a very daunting task. For instance, as I write this article, Windows 10 currently requires 56 different app icon sizes for the same app. For independent app developers like myself, this is a very tedious task. For iOS / iPad we have 22 icons, macOS requires 10 icons, and watchOS requires 11 icons. Chopping Block has another built-in feature that allows for running a bundle of image resizes up to 8 icon images at a time.

 

Android is not supported in Chopping Block because Android Studio has an excellent built-in generator for app icons. Chopping Block is available because all the other platforms lack such a great feature. 

 

What makes Chopping Block so unique and extraordinary is how much time it saves you. First, drop your 1024×1024 app icon artwork and click on the desired platform to automatically generate the needed app icon image. 

 

The following shows all the app icon sizes for each platform.

 

iOS / iPad

 

  1. 512×512
  2. 1024×1024
  3. 1024×1024
  4. 60×60
  5. 120×120
  6. 120×120
  7. 180×180
  8. 76×76
  9. 152×152
  10. 167×167
  11. 20×20
  12. 40×40
  13. 40×40
  14. 40×40
  15. 80×80
  16. 80×80
  17. 120×120
  18. 29×29
  19. 29×29
  20. 58×58
  21. 58×58
  22. 87×87

 

macOS

 

  1. 512×512
  2. 1024×1024
  3. 256×256
  4. 512×512
  5. 128×128
  6. 256×256
  7. 32×32
  8. 64×64
  9. 16×16
  10. 32×32

 

watchOS

 

  1. 48×48
  2. 55×55
  3. 58×58
  4. 87×87
  5. 80×80
  6. 88×88
  7. 100×100
  8. 172×172
  9. 196×196
  10. 216×216
  11. 1024×1024

 

Windows 10 – Universal Windows Platform (UWP)

 

  1. 284×284
  2. 142×142
  3. 71×71
  4. 107×107
  5. 89×89
  6. 600×600
  7. 300×300
  8. 150×150
  9. 225×225
  10. 188×188
  11. 1240×600
  12. 620×300
  13. 310×150
  14. 465×225
  15. 388×188
  16. 1240×1240
  17. 620×620
  18. 310×310
  19. 465×465
  20. 388×388
  21. 176×176
  22. 88×88
  23. 44×44
  24. 66×66
  25. 55×55
  26. 256×256
  27. 48×48
  28. 16×16
  29. 32×32
  30. 24×24
  31. 256×256
  32. 48×48
  33. 16×16
  34. 32×32
  35. 24×24
  36. 256×256
  37. 48×48
  38. 16×16
  39. 32×32
  40. 24×24
  41. 2480×1200
  42. 1240×600
  43. 930×450
  44. 775×375
  45. 620×300
  46. 96×96
  47. 48×48
  48. 36×36
  49. 30×30
  50. 24×24
  51. 200×200
  52. 100×100
  53. 75×75
  54. 63×63
  55. 50×50
  56. 48×48

As you look through the list above, you will notice some redundancy as icon sizes are the same but are used for different scenarios, as you will see once they are assigned. 

 

 Chopping Block is an invaluable tool for all app developers. I invite you to download it now and leave us a review of your thoughts.

 

Mac App Store

 

 

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How Will the App Privacy Nutritional Label Affect You?

Do you value your own privacy? Can consumers who use smartphones use apps and have privacy?

 

Apple App Developers are now required to include a nutrition label of all methods used to collect user data. This is excellent news for consumers worldwide and is why I personally trust Apple more than its competitors. Android smartphones are a hot mess. They are releasing smartphones that cannot be upgraded to the latest Android OS, and security patches are not available to most of them. The Android platform is a hacker’s playground. At least, Apple updates its products, talks about privacy, and putting out solutions to combat it. At the same time, it is also alarming how many tech companies do track their users. 

 

Even before Apple introduced this idea of display an App Nutrition Label, I have already laid out all my apps and what data is collected. The only information I collect is for analytics to improve the app. The other requirements are all Google’s advertisement network requirements to run. I even released new apps without anything in them because I value my privacy, and I’m sure my users do as well. If you’re curious, it’s available here. The Prayer Request App has nothing in it; it is 100% free, with no ads or analytics. I thought I’d get more app reviews, but I guessed wrong. Users only write a review when it doesn’t work, right?

 

How does this affect you, the consumer?

 

The nutritional labels will help consumers make a better decision on which apps to trust. This is a good thing for consumers. Thus building a trust in which brands we feel connected with.

 

How does this affect you, the developer?

 

If you are collecting data that you shouldn’t, then this will be bad for you. Can you imagine seeing the long list of items some of these top social media and tech giants collect on us? How about seeing a long list for an app that shouldn’t be collecting anything, to begin with?

 

This will make the developer think twice before releasing third-party libraries that track its users. For most app developers, we have ethics that we should follow. However, there will always be bad players who may try to sneak around these new nutrition labels. 

 

Do in-app advertisements collect my data?

 

Any app with built-in advertisements uses third-party SDKs (software developer kit) that most likely track all kinds of metrics. All this extra data collecting isn’t always in the developer’s control. Advertising vendors collect data that the developer isn’t even aware of. This is why paying for the premium app is your best bet—just something to think about when choosing that “free application” with advertisements. The best bet is to purchase or set up a subscription to that new app. The cool thing about this is app developers are like the mom and pop shops of the past. An app purchase helps them provide for their families. App developers need to eat too. 

 

What’s the future for mobile advertisements?

 

The advertisement space may not be around in the future. This is my thoughts as more laws, and with Apple’s help to rid of these privacy data collecting issues are brought to our awareness. Laws are complicated, and as new laws are put on the books, it will be hard for developers to keep up with them. That alone can make us not want to deal with advertisements anymore as it will be too much of a hassle. I think advertisements will be blocked, which dries up revenue for content creators who rely on them. By doing this, we won’t have as many free apps, but alternatively, we will have paid and even subscription models. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. These are just my opinions. What are your thoughts?

 

Conclusion

 

These are exciting times for users as more strict rules are being enforced to reveal the types of shenanigans tech giants are doing behind our backs. Moving forward, at least there is a label where users can be aware of what the software is doing in the background. This may not be a fix-all, but at least it is moving in the right direction.  

Brain Image

The clock shows 9:00 PM on a weekday. The house is quiet, and everyone is sound asleep, except for you. You are sitting in the office coding away on your computer with loud music playing on your headphones. You feel pumped, energetic, confident in your work, hell yes, you’re pumping out code during your work session. Your code debugging is flawless; everything is compiling as expected. Ten items on your to-do list have been checked off and marked done. You say to yourself, I’ve been more productive tonight than I was in the last 7 days. This makes you feel like a superhero and can take on the world. You start to rub your eyes and feel tired, not realizing it is now 3:33 AM on the clock. What just happened? Well, you were in the zone. Now you better stop and get some rest. I know, I know, you still feel you can keep going. Yes, you could, but your body needs its rest.

 

Does that sound familiar?

 

What is the zone?

 

Being in the zone is a fantastic feeling. You have no distractions, which allows you to have an intense focus on your task. Your mind expands, and you can finally put together this complex algorithm together. No distractions mean a better understanding of your code and how it all operates together, thus helping you become more productive. The part that makes being in the zone addicting is how it makes you feel while in the zone. It is like a drug that you want; all your worries go away, life struggles vanish, no one nagging at you, you feel complete bliss and don’t want it to stop.

 

Productivity through the roof

 

The feeling you have after being in the zone and looking back at your progress can be fantastic. It feels as if we are a superhero who crushed that to-do list.

 

How to get in the zone?

 

I can only talk about personal experience as I am no expert in this. The best way to get in the zone is through music. I put headphones on and code away. There really isn’t much to it; after 30 minutes or so, time just flies, and the next thing I know, my focus and productivity are through the roof.

 

Are there limitations?

 

Getting in the zone does not come easy all the time. If I’m in the zone on Monday, the likelihood of getting back in it on Tuesday is doubtful. Our bodies need rest to recover from being in the zone. So make sure you use it wisely. If I’m lucky, I can get in the zone 3 times a month. This requires catching up on lost sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet.

 

My old sleeping patterns were staying up until 3:00 AM. They were great and were able to get a lot of work done. However, the next morning I could not function as I was sleep-deprived. Long term, that was not healthy, and I knew I had to make some changes. Since then, I’ve managed to switch to be an early bird waking up around 6:00 AM and try to get in the zone throughout the morning hours. This way, I’m in control of my sleeping patterns and health overall.

 

Conclusion

 

Getting in the zone is a fantastic way to get work done. Not only for programming but also for athletes, creatives, writers, musicians, etc… I think you get the picture. Once you experience it, there is no other feeling more satisfying than being in the zone. It is something I go after because I am more productive during those times. Have you been in the zone before?

 

Be sure to check out my other article about how to become more creative here.

Money

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As I write this, we are in December of 2020, the end of what will be remembered as a bad year for everyone. A lot of people lost their jobs. Market Watch is saying about 22 million are out of work. Small to midsize businesses are losing sales as well. Retail Dive is reporting about 29 major companies are filing for bankruptcy. Retail store businesses will never be the same. I pray that everyone who needs help gets it during this time. Rumor has it hospitals are filled to capacity, but it seems empty where I am. However, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected. 

 

To help stay afloat financially, are you interested in learning about five side hustles that earn extra cash? If our future is working from home, we might as well get started, right? 

 

1. Create mobile apps.

 

There are two ways to create apps. One of them is by learning and coding them yourself. The other method is to hire an app developer like me to do it for you. If you have an app idea or need an app for your business, I can help you out. Contact me for more information.

 

Apple says the App Store created $519 billion last year. If that number doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what will. Just the thought of having your app accessible to everyone around the world is a fantastic feeling. If the market likes what you have to offer, then your future is bright. The opportunity is here. You have to take action. 

 

Equipment needed to get started:

 

Creating apps for Android can be coded on a PC or Mac computer. Apple products must be coded on a Mac computer. Whatever mobile device you want to create software for, be sure you own the device to test on. The emulator is not accurate. Please try your apps on devices to confirm they work. 

 

Purchasing the latest tech equipment is an investment, and from my personal experience, my investments in Apple products have resulted in significant profits. That has not been the story for Android, unfortunately. 

 

How often do you get paid?

 

Royalties are paid out once a month from each App Store. 

 

Are there setup fees?

 

Besides needing the latest tech, each app store has a setup fee. Apple requires an annual membership fee of about $107. Google Play Store only requires a one-time fee of $25. Microsoft needed a one-time fee of $19 when I signed up for them. 

 

Which app store earns the most?

 

Apple App Store.

 

Which app store earns the least?

 

Amazon App Store.

 

How do I get started?

 

Hire an app developer just like mentioned above or start coding yourself. After you finish creating an app, open your developer account to get it published.

 

2. Start some Fiverr gigs.

 

Welcome to the gig economy. Fiverr is a service where individuals can sign up and offer to perform something of value to people worldwide, starting at $5. 

 

Click here to sign up as a seller. It’s free to set up and start selling your services.

 

How often do you get paid?

 

There is a two week wait period, and payouts can be through Paypal, check, or direct deposit.

 

3. Sell unused items on eBay.

 

Have any unused items lying around your house? Try putting them on an eBay auction and see how much you could get from them. Decluttering feels good. Not only will you earn some money but also get some positive feng shui flowing in your home. 

 

Some sellers purchase pallets full of wholesale electronics and resell them on eBay for profit. 

 

4. Open an Etsy Shop.

 

Etsy is for the crafting individuals and companies who offer artful products. Often handcrafted products are made by people who love what they do. Etsy is a great solution to open your shop. Express yourself creatively. What can be better than that?

 

5. Start a blog.

 

Starting a blog can be very lucrative if you put in the work. The way to monetize a blog can be through displaying advertisements, affiliate links, promoting your products or services, and maybe even a sponsorship. Blogging takes time to gain momentum and quality articles. I’d recommend buying your domain (.com) and a reputable web hosting company to get started. Pick a service that feels right for you, and start blogging. Just make sure whatever niche you blog about, do it with passion and post often.

 

Final thoughts

 

Having side hustles is a great way to earn some extra income. Some side hustles are more lucrative than others, but I find it is best to try them out and see which ones are right for you. I know we could all use some extra cash these days. I wish you all well during these crazy times and know we can get through this if we put in the work. 

 

Cheers!

 

 

 

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Light bulb

Do you wonder how to be more creative? When our job or business requires fresh ideas, and we cannot come up with anything unique, our jobs can become very stressful. How can we get out of our funk and come up with fresh ideas? Here are some methods that may help get your creativity up and running.

 

1. Take a walk in nature.

 

Sometimes all it really takes to get the juices flowing is by taking a walk. Walking has been said to improve creativity. If walking in nature is not available where you live, that’s okay, just get outdoors. 

 

If you have access to nature and can go on nature walks, I would highly recommend it. Taking walks in nature and seeing the beauty of greenery has an effect on our minds. Carolyn Gregoire, a senior writer at the Huffington Post, explains the benefits of doing such, including how it boosts creativity.

 

Taking alone walks can quiet our minds and filter ideas and thoughts that pass through. What about walking with someone else? This can help generate ideas to brainstorm with other friends. Talking out ideas is an excellent method of getting the juices flowing. Have you tried this before?

 

2. Eat blueberries.

 

This may not be known to some, but eating blueberries helps us to be more creative. I include blueberries in my daily smoothies. I didn’t notice any difference until after taking a break from smoothies for a few weeks to starting up consuming them again on my daily routines. It really does make a difference. Blueberries have antioxidants that help our brain improve memory and focus. Nothing can be more important than enhancing our ability to focus.

 

3. Listen to binaural beats.

 

Binaural beats are used today in many forms. Such uses help people in sports, reduce anxiety, help with pain management, help focus, become more productive, and increase creativity. Binaural beats can be used for almost anything, and the best part is they are freely available to us all online. All it takes is a simple YouTube search. 

 

Learn more about how binaural beats work here.

 

4. Get plenty of rest.

 

How many hours did you sleep last night? Was it at least 8 hours? According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, “In America, 70% of adults report that they obtain insufficient sleep at least one night a month, and 11% report insufficient sleep every night.” Getting proper sleep has to be one of the top priorities. Our ability to be productive in the days ahead depends on if we get adequate rest or not. Our body is a machine. If we do not get proper sleep and proper food, our body cannot function as intended. How would you expect to get anything done if you don’t take care of the body? Take care of your body, and it will take care of you. When your body is rested, creativity will come.

 

5. Exercise, get your energies up.

 

When was the last time you exercised? Get up and get moving! What is the link between exercise and creativity? After we have a good workout, our body releases feel-good hormones. We also feel energized and our confidence is through the roof. This positive energy, as a result of working out, makes our body perfect for being creative. 

 

6. Meditate to clear your mind.

 

Sitting down in a comfortable position. The room is quiet, soft music playing in the background, eyes closed. 30 minutes have passed by. You feel bliss. Does this sound familiar? If conditions are just right, meditation can feel amazing. Can meditation make us more creative? I believe so. The perfect formula in meditation is focusing on our thoughts and using our brain to think. Over time this is a great technique that helps us become more aware and can use tactics to brainstorm new ideas. 

 

Meditation helps us slow down, clear out the clutter in our minds, and be open to new ideas. Ideas may be even external from us. This is how meditation can help. Have you experienced this before? Have you received insight during a meditation session?

 

Conclusion

 

Coming up with creative ideas can seem impossible at times. It is as if our creative abilities just dry up. Luckily there are ways we can go about to get that spark going again. We went over the benefits of walking in nature and how it can do more than just spark our creative side. Eating blueberries are a great way to help our brain function. Listen to binaural beats contribute quite effectively. Ensuring we meet proper rest for optimal performance. Exercise to get our body moving, joints free, and confidence high. Last but not least, meditation. Meditate to clear the mind, flex our thinking abilities, be open to new ideas, and feel amazing while doing it. 

15%

When talking amongst colleagues about the App Business and the requirements for such an industry, I always receive the same response after informing them about the 30% commission fees. Everyone says that is too high. I originally started doing this as a hobby but soon after turned into a passion. I do agree that the commission rate is high; however, handling everything on the store backend makes it worth it, in my opinion. That is unless YOU have a better solution to manage it all? If so, I’d love to hear it, contact me.

 

Is an App Store commission worth it for indie app developers?

 

I believe so, yes. The reason being is by paying the commission, developers will receive the following:

 

  • Developers don’t have to worry about the App Store being online 100% to handle millions of users.
  • Protect against attacks on the website.
  • Sale and subscription transactions.
  • Refunds.
  • Software licenses.
  • Protecting apps from being pirated.
  • Having an ecosystem of users willing to try new apps.
  • Etc…  

 

These App Stores, not just Apple, help indie developers get off the ground. The more established developers have options to self-publish on their own website, do both, or just stick to only being on the App Store. 

 

Fornite vs. Apple Fiasco

 

Keeping up with all the commotion about everyone being against Apple is interesting. To be clear, I do not associate with any of them. The business world isn’t all rainbows and sunshine, my friend. Sometimes we just have to roll with the punches. That is if you want to stay in the game.

 

The Fortnite vs. Apple legal battles make me question why Epic individuals would allow such a fatal move to knowingly violate the contract with Apple and Google Play Store? What did they expect would happen? In this scenario, I agree with Apple. Apple says Epic’s problems “Entirely self-inflicted”. 🍿  

 

App Store Small Business Program

 

Apple has recently introduced an “App Store Small Business Program” that will cut down app sale commissions for developers from 30% down to 15%. This is only available to those who earn less than 1 million dollars per year. 

 

The deadline to enroll in this program is December 18, 2020

 

This year has been exciting for app developers as Apple introduced Apple Silicon Mac’s and now offers lower commission rates that begin January 1, 2021. 

 

Drawbacks of the program

 

One major con of being in this program is developers are not allowed to transfer apps to another account. This is common for developers who acquire other app companies.

 

Conclusion

 

The year 2020 started off bad. I had so much hope for it but it caught us all off guard. I do not think there is anyone on earth that was not affected by this. On the bright side app developers can look forward to 2021 with Apple’s lowered commission rates and creating software for the Apple Silicon. 

 

Now we just need Google Play Store, Microsoft, and Amazon App Store to follow suit with lowered commission rates. 

Mac mini

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The brand new Mac mini that is packing the M1 (Apple Silicon) chip has finally arrived. I have to admit, I was very skeptical about this thing’s performance before placing the order. I have only owned 2 Mac computers previously; one was an iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013) and the other Macbook Pro (13-inch, Early 2015) with 2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel i5 CPU. The iMac had a hybrid fusion hard drive, and man, that was slow. Reminded me of the dial-up internet days. So, when I upgraded to the MacBook Pro, I made sure it had a solid-state drive (SSD). I’m glad I paid extra for that SSD. Who knew that would be a massive difference in accessing data. Fortunately, the base model for the Mac mini includes SSD.

 

Mac mini Specs:

 

  • M1 (Apple Silicon). 
  • 8GB unified memory.
  • 256GB SSD.
  • Ethernet.
  • 2 USB-C / thunderbolt ports. 
  • 1 HDMI port.
  • 2 USB ports.
  • 3.5 headphone jack.
  • Built-in Speaker.

 

If you are worried if 256GB is enough like I was before placing the order, yes, it is plenty for most cases. When in doubt, external hard drives can always be utilized. I have about 159 GB free of storage after everything is setup. The 8 GB of memory seems plenty, just as my previous experience with the iMac and MacBook Pro. The built-in speaker is handy, but I wouldn’t rely on it when playing music as it does not sound good at all.  

 

List of my Mac mini accessories (for my curious readers)

 

 

Any issues running Intel-based software?

 

So far, I have not had any issues. Apple really did a great job ensuring the soon to be obsolete Intel works on the M1 chip. 

 

This may be a different story for gamers. However, for my purposes, it works beyond expectations. Microsoft Word, Android Studio, security apps, etc…

 

How does the M1 compare to the Intel chip?

 

The bootup and shutdown times are almost instant. You can think of it much like an iOS or iPad booting up. It amazes me every time. The Mac Benchmarks by GeekBench shows M1 outperforming the very expensive $5,999.00 iMac Pro and all other Mac Intel models. After owning the Mac mini for a couple of days now, I can tell you that it is definitely faster. It makes my MacBook Pro feel like an obsolete POS that keeps overheating and has battery charge issues. The Mac mini doesn’t heat up when using xCode, Safari with several tabs open, and playing YouTube videos for hours. It also doesn’t make any noise.

 

Should you upgrade to a Mac powered with Apple Silicon?

 

After explaining the significant differences, it really is a no brainer. I’m all into the latest tech, so you bet I can be a bit bias here. There is something that should be considered. Our Macs that run Intel could lose some value as more Apple Silicon models become available. However, this may seem obvious to some, but it is also an excellent reminder to those unaware. Upgrade and sell before the mainstream does.

 

If we dive deeper to compare this. Would consumers continue to buy Intel models knowing a base Mac mini using Apple Silicon is cheaper and superior? Would anyone be willing to pay a premium price for such a product?

 

Final thoughts

 

My experience with the new Mac mini has been great. I have no regrets. I love the performance this little computer has. It is definitely faster and helps me become more productive in my daily routines.

 

I can’t wait to see how a MacBook Pro or an iMac rocking the Apple Silicon will perform for 2021. 

 

What are your thoughts?

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When you are thinking about starting a new home-based business, figuring out what you need to reach those all-important first customers can be a challenge. To keep costs low, you also need to determine what you don’t need to grow your new business. If you want to solve this dilemma with less hassle, here are some marketing and startup tips.

 

Yes, You Will Need a Home Office

 

Growing a successful business  takes a lot of focus and hard work. You will need to concentrate on identifying your niche products, services, and skills, and then figuring out how to use those offerings to solve problems for your target audience. This can be a lot to think about, especially when you are trying to do so while being distracted by a noisy TV or noisy kids. So you should really think about carving out some space in your home for a dedicated home office.

 

Designing a productive and functional home office can be so much easier than you think. One of the first steps is to eliminate distractions, so try to set up your office in an area of your home that is separate from other spaces and other family members. It can also be important to set some ground rules for the members of your household who are home while you are working.

 

No, You Don’t Need Expensive Ads

 

Honestly, if you are starting a small home-based business there is no reason you need to pay for ads. Especially when there are plenty of  free advertising avenues  where you can effectively market your services and offerings. Google and other popular search engines can provide you with the marketing tools you need to drive that initial traffic to your new business.

 

Social media can also be a powerful way to promote yourself to potential customers. In fact, marketing through social media  can be so powerful that you could focus all of your attention on these platforms, at least in the beginning. To keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed, choose one or two platforms that will help you target your key customers. Then set up a profile and start posting photos, videos, and other content on a consistent basis.

 

You May Need to Set Up an LLC

 

As CNBC explains, many people choose to  transition their side gigs  into full-fledged home-based businesses, and this could be a very smart move for you as well. If you want to lend some legitimacy to your side hustle, think about establishing an LLC. In addition to providing legitimacy for potential clients, setting up an LLC can also provide liability protection for your business.

 

On top of these perks, forming an LLC can be quick and simple when you use an online service to fill out and file  your Certificate of Formation. Speaking of states, it’s important to keep in mind that different states have different processes for creating an LLC. Then you can take advantage of legal protections and tax breaks with less paperwork, stress, and hassle.

 

No, You Shouldn’t Ignore Other Businesses

 

As Forbes explains, collaborating with competitors  is a smart move for new small businesses looking to gain exposure and customers. Even major corporations like YouTube and Vimeo understand this to be true, so don’t make the mistake of ignoring the benefits of networking.  By working with the competition, you can pick up savvy business lessons from more seasoned entrepreneurs and you can also help promote each other’s businesses.

 

You need confidence and hard work to build a new home-based business from the ground up. These marketing strategies will provide a return on your investment and get your new business off to the right start!

 

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Remote works will be one of the biggest shifts in workplace culture in recent decades. Known for their high salaries, tech companies are one of the leading adopters of remote work. This capability isn’t new; people have been working home for a while, but the experiment forced by coronavirus has shown it can be a feasible model. 

Tech Jobs Are Threatening Non-Tech Work

Automation is threatening many different non-tech careers. AI chatbots appear on many websites, encouraging you to start a conversation if you have a question. This role, previously done by a human, reduces the number of customer service representatives needed. Automation isn’t limited to low skill work—there are AI therapy services. 

 

Data scientists are part of the team responsible for creating these AI services. Even though an AI program may remove hundreds of jobs, it still takes a team to create the application. Data scientists analyze all of the data of their program to improve its functionality. You can become a data scientist with no degree. Even though data scientists are well paid, a small team can create a program capable of reducing thousands of hours of employee salaries.

Tech Jobs Are Growing

The tech industry has been growing rapidly over the past several years. It has been growing at such a pace colleges have not been able to graduate students fast enough. This shortage has prompted crash courses in coding called bootcamps. In 2019, over 30,000 people graduated from these fast-paced courses. 

 

These bootcamps are so confident you will get a job with your new skills they offer job guarantees and even deferred tuition. The job market for computer science careers has been steady during the recent downturn caused by Covid-19.

Remote Work Isn’t What You Think

Remote work sounds like a pretty good deal, but it will be put to the test as we slowly return to pre-pandemic norms. There are a few easy wins for remote work—no need to dress up, no commute, and you can stay in the comfort of your home. Even with these perks, there are challenges Zoom can’t resolve. 

 

Communication is one of the struggles of remote work. Even with video and instant messaging, the lack of human connection can impact results. Miscommunication between product managers and software engineers can cause delays and frustrate involved parties. 

 

The amount of data regarding remote work has increased as a significant portion of the world works from home. A consistent finding is the workday has increased by an average of 45 minutes. This workday extension might seem detrimental, but you probably spend more time commuting than 45 minutes. Even with the increased workday, the lack of commute is beneficial to our health.

 

One of the real downsides of remote work is the lack of separation from work and home life. Without an office, you can physically let work seep into your personal life. There is a temptation for work to be the first thing we do each day, which can be why the workday is longer. If you are working from home, or plan to in the future, make sure to find ways to practice self-care.

Coronavirus Is a Blip in Time

It seems like coronavirus is not going to go away. We will feel the effects of Covid-19 for many years, but what seems like an eternity now will be a short memory in five years. Remote work will be one of the ever-present reminders of this epidemic. While vacations are on pause, and we stay confined to our homes longer than preferred, we can take this disaster and put our time to good use. 

 

If you choose to attend a bootcamp, you can have a higher salary by the beginning of next year. Take the negative impact of Covid-19 and turn it into a lasting positive change by attending a top coding bootcamp. By choosing to react opportunistically, you can create a positive outcome from this epidemic. If you capitalize on the extra time available, you will remember 2020 as the year you elevated your career, not the year stuck at home.

 

Salaries will be dependent on the market and the demands of any job. Tech jobs will continue to be available as companies implement new technologies to save on employment costs. While the coronavirus has negatively impacted our world, remote work, and the opportunity to learn new skills can be a beacon of light in these dark times.

 

 

Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.


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Numerology Reports App Icon

Numerology Reports are now available on the Windows 10 App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon App Store right now. Learn more here. Unfortunately, Apple has declined submission so this app won’t be available for Apple platforms. 

I have clients ask what does that 88 mean or represent in the new app icon? My response is, according to Numerology, 88 means wealth and abundance. In my personal experiences, I keep seeing 88 among other numbers on a daily basis and find it quite fascinating. Being drawn to look up at laptop charging at 88%, 88 degrees outside, to buying groceries that just happen to be $88.00. It took a while for me to grasp this concept and sounds far fetched at first until you start noticing patterns in our daily life. Here’s an article that talks more about the number 88 https://affinitynumerology.com/number-meanings/number-88-meaning.php

Numerology is an ancient science that suggests we choose our lives before we are born. Many numerologists believe that the soul chooses a body based on the energy vibrations it will receive from the date of birth and its name.

A brief description of the new app. Numerology Reports create reports to help gain clarity in what your life purpose is, talents/gifts, strengths/weaknesses, passions, what people think of you, and midlife crisis advice. People pay hundreds for these reports and the app can be used to start your own Numerology business. A big feature that I know you will love is the Baby Name Generator. This puppy lets you type in names you want to name your baby and it will show you what gifts/talents him/she will possess in his/her life. If you cannot find a name, the app also generates a list of other potential names for you to choose from. I love this feature and I know you will too. 

Give it a try and let me know your thoughts.

Stay safe, stay blessed.

JG