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State of a Developer's Worklife

As a developer, I’m always looking for ways to improve my processes for coding and running the business. I’m also a bit obsessed with organizing things – be they physical or digital. Things are constantly changing around here – although it seems that some of the apps, processes and equipment I use never do change, which I take to be...

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How to Stop Working, Avoiding Burnout & Other 2015 Musings

I want to talk about several things in this post. About the rough year I’ve had. About being dead slow in work and then over-scheduled. About being burnt out, stressed out and learning how to stop working. I’ve been in business for over five years now, and this has been one of the hardest years I’ve ever had. Except for when...

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Client Red Flags & The Art of No

No matter how long you’ve worked in this industry, you’ll always encounter bad clients. A lot of the times, we can spot them from far off and send them packing. Then there are times the red flags don’t start waving until the middle of the project, or we can be so excited to work on a particular project that we completely...

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Content Issues in Blogs

Regardless of what others might say about RSS, I still prefer to subscribe to my favorite blogs this way. While I’m sometimes follow them on other social media sites like Twitter or Facebook, oftentimes they don’t announce new posts, or they get lost in the clutter. RSS is the only way I can stay on top of my favorite blogs....

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The Costs of Being a Freelancer

When I left full-time employment to become a freelancer over five years ago, I never imagined how wonderful it would be. With freelancing comes a lot of freedom and a much bigger paycheck than I could ever make with a full-time job. I also save a lot of money by not having to drive my car every day or eat...

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The Art of Client Filtering

When we first start out as freelancers, our instinct is to accept every client and project that comes our way, and this is okay when we’re new to the industry. After all, you need to start making a name for yourself and you probably have bills to pay. But this practice is not maintainable in the long run. You’ll quickly...

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Why I Joined the Bitcoin Gold Rush

What is Bitcoin? In simplest terms (and simple is what I can understand) it’s web currency. I like to think of it in terms of investing, or shares, but it’s really so much more than that. You can pay for items in both the physical and web world using Bitcoin and it’s a currency that’s free from any form of...

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Freelancing Rates – Six Years Later

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost six years since I first decided to strike out on my own! Since then, I’ve learned a lot about running a business through trial and error. Hourly vs Fixed Rates One of the first lessons I learned quick, was how to charge for projects. When I first started freelancing, I charged an...

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The Danger of Working With Other Freelancers

Today I’m up at 5:30 after only getting four hours of sleep, because I’m dealing with a complete website meltdown. Yay fun, right? The difficult part of it though, is that I didn’t code this site. Instead I had hired another developer to help me out because the site required a ton of backend work that was above my head....

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Location Based Services

We’re normally told as freelancers that location doesn’t matter because we all work online anyways. Imagine my relief then, as when I first started freelancing, I lived in the middle of nowhere, 40 minutes outside of Nashville. But the advice was right, after my initial struggle with getting clients, I became so busy I was often scheduled up 2-3 months...

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