Why I want to join the ranks of Toptal WordPress developers

Its been 5 years I have been freelancing and I have worked on more than +500 projects on oDesk, Elance, Freelancer, Fiverr and Guru. The experience has been really good. The sites are great but the only think I do not like in them is that I have to spend a lot of time bidding on projects.

This is why I stopped working for all of the other freelance companies and started to work only for Fiverr. The experience of Fiverr has been amazing but the problem with Fiverr is that it is not engineering oriented. Most of the work is cheap labor and what clients what is troubleshooting or repeated task.

When I heard about Toptal, I got really excited because it had the following things that set it apart from all of the other sites,

  1. Engineering oriented work
  2. Hiring the top freelancers
  3. Working with the best IT companies
  4. No need to bid to get work
This made me realize that I should try to be one of the elite WordPress developers at Toptal. I am waiting for my interview. I think the experience is going to amazing.

Enjoy your life

Its short, its beautiful. Don't waste it living someone else's life. Try to be find a goal and a type of person you want to be and then work towards becoming that person rather than comparing yourself to others. Never let other's tell you something is worthless. If you enjoy doing it then keep doing it. Living a life under other people's viewpoint is worst. Try to arrange it in such a fashion that you enjoy the fullest.

Be good with others and try not to pick up fights with others. Rather than that, try to help others in reaching their goals so they help you achieve yours.


I met Dr. Umar Saif on Twitter

Met Dr. Umar Saif on Twitter. I told him that my friend @ is coming to Lahore for his venture and Mr. Umar Saif liked it.

I took his advice for a startup idea I had in mind to which he replied as,
He seems to be a nice person.

I went to Karachi Literature Festival and met Jibran Nasir

Decided to go to Karachi Literature Festival where I met Jibran Nasir. I have been following him on social media for some time and liked his view points. I got a chance to meet him today. I asked him how being jailed felt. He told me that being jailed was not a big deal. I replied back saying it is if you are an educated person. It was fun. He is a cool guy.

Karachi Literature Festival was really awesome. I got a chance to see a lot of exciting people ( I don't want to name all of them since they don't know me). It was overall a very good experience.

Thank you KLF for giving me a free coke and a t-shirt at the event.

Face the problem

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I went to P@SHA ICT Conference & Awards 2014

I went to the conference and awards held at Movenpick, Karachi, Pakistan.
P@SHA ICT Awards, 2014
My current boss also went to the event,
Abdul Rahman Rafiq, co-founder Inspurate
Met some old IT fellows. Some new people I met include,

Imran Moin Uddin, CEO NexDegree
Imran Moin Uddin gave me tips about entrepreneurship in Pakistan and replied why Stanford was so cool!
Fatima Rizwan (Founder TechJuice)
It was really nice to meet Fatima. She gave me some tips on starting an Indiegogo campaign. She told her startup story and it was really inspiring!

I am participating in P@SHA's Award Ceremony and the conference

Being an active member of Pakistan's IT industry, I thought it would be great to go and view the award ceremony. So I applied for both the awards ceremony and the conference. I think, it would be a great time. My current boss, Abdul Rahman Rafiq also plan to come.

This is a night like no other in the IT industry of Pakistan. I would like to be part of it and learn. I have also registered myself as a volunteer to help and learn from the event.

What is comfort zone and how to evacuate it

Have your felt fearful and stopped yourself from doing something that was not wrong but still something was stopping you? Ever thought what it is? It is your comfort zone.

Ok so now I know what comfort zone is!
Nice. Now I know what my comfort zone is.
Write down everything what you think is right but you fear doing so just because you are afraid of doing so. Next start doing those things in your daily life, one by one. One step at a time. It is this simple.
Life inside comfort zone

Small amount of money is meaningless

I read an article awhile back about a Stanford MBA class. The students were split up into teams. Each team was given some nominal amount of money, $5-10, and told to make as much money as possible in one week. At the end of the week each team would give a 10 minute presentation to the class about their approach.

Some teams went out and gambled, buying lottery tickets or playing slot machines. After all, $5 was such a small amount that many students couldn't fathom how you could effectively turn it into anything more. 

The students that did the best however realized that the $5 was meaningless. The point of the assignment was to identify what skills and resources you have available if you had to start from nothing.

One of the better teams sold restaurant reservations. They'd make reservations at the most popular restaurants in the area and would sell them to people waiting in line. They found that people were also willing to just give away their worse reservation after purchasing a better one, which they could later sell when it became more valuable.  

You shouldn't be asking yourself what is the best way to invest $35. It's such a small amount of money that it's almost meaningless. Instead ask yourself what skills and ideas do you have that people would be willing to pay for.

The team that won sold the 10 minute presentation slot to a small company. After all, what's more valuable than 10 minutes in front of Stanford's best and brightest MBA students.

Source: http://www.quora.com/How-can-I-spend-my-35-to-get-the-best-return-on-investment

What do I need to create an excellent home based office?

I wanted to create a home based office and wanted to do a research on what were the things needed to create an excellent office. After researching, I realized that the following things were needed,

  • Two Monitors
  • A laptop
  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • A comfortable chair
  • Fast internet connection
  • Quiet working conditions
  • Proper lightning
  • Coffee
  • A large whiteboard
  • Headphones