What I Want in Invoicing – yup it’s a pipe dream

I’ve been looking at freelance invoicing and billing software again after about three years with 17Hats. I’ll be digging into options for the next number of weeks seeing if I can find exactly what I want. Of course, that means first I need to define what I want. Solve a problem I’ve said a few […]

An awesome business is the product of hard work and sweat

The difference between a great work and an idea for a great work is all the sweat, time, effort, and agony that go into engaging that idea and turning it into something real. The difference is not trivial. If great work were easy to produce, a lot more people would do it. – Perennial Seller […]

What is the most in demand freelance skill that will remain in demand?

So you’re looking at freelancing and want to know what the most in demand freelance skill is. I get it. You want to do something that people will find valuable and continue to find valuable. Something that will last for years so you can become a specialist and charge well. PHP is quite popular and […]

Where do you start when you run a business

When you’re starting to run a business there is so much to learn. You’re no longer just designing or building, you’re a business owner that needs to manage projects and onboard clients and figure out a marketing plan. You’ve probably also got a few product ideas around that could generate recurring income for you and […]

Top Performers aren’t just good, they’re mentally tough

In sports, mental toughness is what pushes those that are good, but not great, to greatness. One study of runners found that the higher the mental toughness the faster their finish times generally were[1]. It’s the drive to get up at 5am even when it’s snowing or raining and train. It’s training even when you’d […]

Why don’t you miss the office?

Watch twitter for a day or so and you’re going to see a comment like this come across. I really miss being at the office.. Said no one ever…. 😀 pic.twitter.com/RhXSfuVYPM — Sam Russell (@SatineCM) August 11, 2014 You don’t miss your work? That’s a problem. I like… Sure I like vacation, though simply sitting […]

Stop lying to yourself and start planning

Are you an honest person or could you be accused of lying? Yeah I know you don’t steal, and you don’t outright lie to clients or people around you. Of course you let clients know if a quoted feature already exists because that’s the type of honest person you are. Are you honest with the […]

Will your services improve the life of your client?

Previously I wrote about 3 questions to ask yourself before you write an estimate. There are bigger questions to ask yourself first though. Primarily, should you even be sending an estimate to that client? Do you have enough information to send an estimate to your client? It’s not just about selling though Do you want […]

How do you plan to catch the obvious?

Many of you are just like me. You get up each day go to your computer and type. For some it’s writing, for some it’s code, for some it’s actually design. The point is that most of us spend a good chunk of the day mostly alone. You may have kids around and under foot […]