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orhun12784yIt's fucking hard to balance this, right?
Start developing a product: some useful software tool and then you can live off it. I develop gameservers for this one MMO while freelancing remotely for a french startup as a mobile dev. Its not hard, but you need discipline and set yourself clear goals. Problem with many devs is that they are like kids playing in a sandbox going deep down every rabbithole and if there is no one to stop them they wont be productive. Or they are perfectionists and would rathher do one task 150% in a day then 5 tasks at 80% in a day. Thats why they need structure and thats why some brilliant devs get stuck in mediocre and not motivating workplaces because as shitty as these workplaces might be, they still provide a structure, sense of safety and minimum amount of responsibility.
I feel you ! Right now I'm an engineer in a nice company but I don't like what I'm doing.. I find it boring and not challenging enough. I'm thinking of going back to freelance.