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Retrospectives, And How To Ensure Your Business Doesn’t Fall Apart

by Brennan Dunn on Jul 29, 2015, — Get free updates of new posts here

Have you ever received an email or phone call from a client with a subject of, “we need to talk…”, or something as equally foreboding?

Raises hand.

As my company grew beyond myself, I found myself needing to stay on top of a number of projects, most of which I had no direct, daily involvement. As the team scaled, my ability to stay on top of each and every concern diluted. I no longer knew everything that was happening in my company.

And this scared me.

So I did what any fledgling manager of a team of developers and designers would do, and managed without managing. I’d monitor our project management software throughout the day, and make a mental note of what was getting done and what was left to do.

Unfortunately, this only told part of the story.

Project management tools, email threads, and so on that revolve around the particulars of a project fail to track the sentiment. It’s up to you to read between the lines and infer how happy your client is (and some clients are more willing than others to directly express their happiness — or lack thereof).

After having gone through a series of “we need to talk” discussions on projects that, on the surface, looked perfectly fine, I knew I had to do something to keep this from happening again.

The Business of Freelancing, Episode 32: Dave Nevogt of Hubstaff on Effective Virtual Team Communication

by craig on Jul 20, 2015, — Get free updates of new podcast episodes here

Welcome to the latest episode on Business of Freelancing. One of my favorite things to do on my show is bring in niche experts, the kind of experts who are amazing at building a freelancing business and who can teach you how to get better clients. On today’s episode, I uncover what clients are thinking when they start hiring freelancers. I find out why some hire the way they hire and why they turn away certain candidates.  I interview Dave Nevogt, co-founder of HubStaff.com – a team management platform online connection freelancers with clients – and ask him what’s going through his head when he’s hiring new freelance positions.

Dave hires a lot of freelancers, so he knows exactly what he’s looking for when he posts jobs and starts interviewing candidates. Key personality traits that stand out are go-getter attitudes who are proactive. The process Dave goes through to hire a freelancer involves understanding their availability and how their attitude affects their work. During our conversation, Dave offered key insight into how you can professionally portray these traits through email and how a proactive modification to your portfolio can make all the difference.

Student Success Story with Josh Crews

by Gina Horkey on Jul 17, 2015, — Get free updates of new posts here

We’re continuing to share a different story each week of how a past student has been able to significantly grow their freelance business by applying the concepts they learned from Double Your Freelancing (check out last week’s with Jennah Lear). 

If you feel your story would be a good fit, share why.

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“The biggest way my business and I have changed from Brennan’s material is a massive change of mindset from, ‘What a cool website/app I can build for you!’ to ‘What are the details and problems of your business? Because I’d really like to make your business leap forward by applying some of the tech strategies I’ve learned over the years. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re a $20/month SaaS or if $20,000 of custom software best delivers that leap forward for your business; I want to help your business and your business’ customers.’ “

Josh Crews is a solo Ruby on Rails developer and consultant, who has been doing his own thing for the last six years.

What got you into freelancing? Was it what you expected?

I don’t like having a boss.

“I only want to be judged on my service/output/results, and not my hours with butt in chair.”

I want to be able to plan to spend next week in the mountains with my family without asking permission. I don’t want to be sitting around doing work planning, “How am I going to escape this place?”

The Business of Freelancing, Episode 31: Mojca Mars on Getting Clients through Social Media

by craig on Jul 13, 2015, — Get free updates of new podcast episodes here

Welcome to Episode 31 of The Business of Freelancing Podcast.  Today I’m very excited to bring on my good friend Mojca Mars.  Mojca will be a speaker at the Double Your Freelancing Conference in September, and I will be working with her personally in the near future as well.

Mojca had a quick start to her current consulting agency, Super Spicy Media, by getting those initial first customers via Twitter.  Now she says that the majority of her customers actually still come from Twitter and the engagement she’s built there over time.  Adding value is core to her approach to social media.

Don’t spam people, don’t use automated tools to send massive amounts of posts, and don’t try to use hashtags to reach new people.  Add value, answer people’s questions, and engage in a meaningful dialogue and you’ll also see the return on investment that Mojca has seen too.

Student Success Story (WIP) with Jennah Lear

by Gina Horkey on Jul 10, 2015, — Get free updates of new posts here

Today we have another “WIP” or work in progress student success story to share with you. Jennah has recently gone through Brennan’s free email course, Charge What You’re Worth.

She’s publicly declaring her intentions of growing her graphic design business in today’s blog post based on what she’s recently learned. And we’re going to follow-up with Jennah later this year to see what she’s implemented and how that’s worked out for her. After all, who doesn’t love a good case study?

If you’ve taken DYFR or Charge What You’re Worth and want to accept a similar challenge, share why. (PS: Don’t forget to check out last week’s with Miles Gibson!) 

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Jennah Lear is the woman behind Blue Loui Studio, a virtual and print graphic design company.

Here’s an excerpt from an email she recently sent Brennan:

“I’ve jumped from corporate job to job for a few years now, and when my last mission to leave my job and start my freelancing career didn’t work, I went back to a 9-5.

The first few months were okay, I was happy to be able to pay my rent and all. But here I am eight months later, not being able to shake this itch of “wanting more.”

That’s how I stumbled upon your course. ALL of the things you’ve mentioned, I’ve battled myself and clients with. But I pushed through my “I’m not good enough” and “I don’t think I can charge more” obstacles and have applied what I’ve learned along the way.

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