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  • How can I continue learning as a solo, remote freelancer?

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  • BusinessMag

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    January 17, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Three years ago, I quit my full-time job as a web developer for a startup in SF to try the remote/DN thing. Since then, most of my work up has been either completely solo, or on a small team where I’m the only/most experienced developer. I feel like my development skills are plateauing, and I don’t know what to do. It makes sense though, I am hired as a freelancer for the skills I already have, not my potential for learning on the job. One of the things I miss the most from my in-person job is the mentorship from senior developers. I miss being able to ask a quick question, or have them code review my work. Without this guidance, I often feel lonely since it’s just me and the internet vs the problem. My current method to continue learning is to read blogs, read weekly newsletters, and work through online courses. The challenge here is that it’s still entirely up to me to interpret and adapt the lessons into my own work. I don’t have anyone to discuss the learning points with and verify that I understand the lesson correctly. I have a few side projects where I can experiment with new ideas in a low-consequence environment, but it’s still just me. Do you have any advice on how I can continue learning (and ideally, find some mentorship) as a solo, remote freelancer? – by /hq/lolcucumbers – –

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