Of all the talks I've given, the "The Five-Figure WordPress Website" is my favorite. It's a thorough look at the process I use to make WordPress websites in my freelance practice, and I'm really happy to share the process it's taken me many years to fine tune. With that in mind, here are a bunch of resources that I've found particularly helpful over the years and hopefully you will too!
I'm usually not one for non-fiction, but the times have changed. I'm currently reading Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions
by a cool dude named Dan Ariely
. In short, we humans are constantly influenced by "hidden forces" that cause us to make decisions that don't always make logical sense. Can't say I'm surprised.
First of all, I am very proud to be a freelancer, and certainly identify as one. But…I hesitate. I kind of loathe the term. I feel like the word itself implies someone taking whatever work they can get, aimless and uncommitted, or in-between jobs with no other option to make ends […]
Last week I gave a talk about my experience as a freelancer at the Per Scholas
Lunch & Learn, hosted by the New York Tech Council. Per Scholas is a non-profit that provides IT training and job placement for people in low-income communities.
I've been freelancing full time for about 6 months now and finally feel that I've streamlined my process. I'd like to share a few things that made a huge difference for me:
Find a co-working space.
I rent a desk at CatapultPGH, and have no idea what I would do without it. The community is invaluable, and the coffee fantastic. It's amazing how your self respect and productivity sky rocket when you stop working in your PJs.
Read more at the co-working wiki, and if you can't find a space in your community, start one.
Take an improv class.
This is easily the best decision I've ever made. Confidence and decisiveness are a huge part of freelancing, and I promise improv will provide you those skills and many more.