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I know this article is focused on the business level, but I'm finding this to be true on a personal level as well. Contributing to open source not only leads to personal improvement but it essentially creates a public portfolio of your work. This can lead to more exposure which in turn can lead to more opportunities (and better paid ones too).

Open Source might not yield immediate benefits (i.e a paycheck) like say freelancing, but it is an investment in your future.

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