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  • 1. A RETROSPECTIVE MY FIRST 414 DAYS AS A FREELANCER: @kyle_unzicker kyleunzicker.com Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 2. WHO AM I? **I DON’T MEAN THIS IN AN EXISTENTIAL WAY. Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 3. WHO AM I? **I DON’T MEAN THIS IN AN EXISTENTIAL WAY. Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 4. WHO AM I? **I DON’T MEAN THIS IN AN EXISTENTIAL WAY. MY NAME IS KYLE UNZICKER, AND I’M FROM SMALL TOWN ILLINOIS. Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 5. WHO AM I? **I DON’T MEAN THIS IN AN EXISTENTIAL WAY. MY NAME IS KYLE UNZICKER, AND I’M FROM SMALL TOWN ILLINOIS. I’M A WEB DESIGNER AND DEVELOPER. Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 6. WHO AM I? **I DON’T MEAN THIS IN AN EXISTENTIAL WAY. MY NAME IS KYLE UNZICKER, AND I’M FROM SMALL TOWN ILLINOIS. I’M A WEB DESIGNER AND DEVELOPER. I’VE BEEN A FREELANCER FOR 414 DAYS. Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 7. WHAT’S MY STORY? Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 8. WHAT’S MY STORY? ➡ WHY I STARTED FREELANCING Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 9. WHAT’S MY STORY? ➡ WHY I STARTED FREELANCING ➡ MY INITIAL GOALS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 10. WHAT’S MY STORY? ➡ WHY I STARTED FREELANCING ➡ MY INITIAL GOALS ➡ HOW I GOT MY START Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 11. WHAT’S MY STORY? ➡ WHY I STARTED FREELANCING ➡ MY INITIAL GOALS ➡ HOW I GOT MY START ➡ HOW’S IT’S BEEN SO FAR Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 12. WHAT’S MY STORY? ➡ WHY I STARTED FREELANCING ➡ MY INITIAL GOALS ➡ HOW I GOT MY START ➡ HOW’S IT’S BEEN SO FAR ➡ WHERE I’M GOING Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 13. WHAT’S MY STORY? ➡ WHY I STARTED FREELANCING ➡ MY INITIAL GOALS ➡ HOW I GOT MY START ➡ HOW’S IT’S BEEN SO FAR ➡ WHERE I’M GOING * WILL NOT BE FULLY COVERING: RATES, HOW TO GET CLIENTS, WHAT BUSINESS TYPE YOU SHOULD CHOOSE, OR HOW TO BEAT MIKE TYSON IN MIKE TYSON’S PUNCH OUT!! Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 14. THE FIRST -1095 DAYS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 15. THE FIRST -1095 DAYS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 16. THE FIRST -1095 DAYS ➡ AGENCY EMPLOYEE FOR 3 YEARS ➡ BEGAN ANSWERING PHONES, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT BY THE TIME I LEFT ➡ WENT FROM ZERO EXPERIENCE WITH WORDPRESS TO BUILDING DOZENS OF CUSTOM THEMES AND PLUGINS ➡ PAYIN’ BILLS ➡ BEST PAYING JOB OF MY (YOUNG) LIFE ➡ PAY RAISES ON THE REGULAR ➡ GROWN UP STUFF ➡ BOUGHT A HOUSE ➡ BECAME A DAD Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 17. WHY I QUIT MY JOB Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 18. WHY I QUIT MY JOB Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 19. WHY I QUIT MY JOB ➡ I STOPPED LEARNING Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 20. WHY I QUIT MY JOB ➡ I STOPPED LEARNING ➡ I WAS NO LONGER PROUD OF THE PROJECTS THAT I WORKED ON Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 21. WHY I QUIT MY JOB ➡ I STOPPED LEARNING ➡ I WAS NO LONGER PROUD OF THE PROJECTS THAT I WORKED ON ➡ FRANKLY, I WAS NOT PROUD OF THE BRAND I WAS PAID TO REPRESENT Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 22. WHY I QUIT MY JOB ➡ I STOPPED LEARNING ➡ I WAS NO LONGER PROUD OF THE PROJECTS THAT I WORKED ON ➡ FRANKLY, I WAS NOT PROUD OF THE BRAND I WAS PAID TO REPRESENT TL;DR- I OUTGREW MY POSITION Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 23. GOALS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 24. GOALS ➡ CONTINUE TO PAY MY BILLS #BENJAMINS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 25. GOALS ➡ CONTINUE TO PAY MY BILLS #BENJAMINS ➡ CREATE WORK THAT I’M PROUD OF #PROUDPAPA Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 26. GOALS ➡ CONTINUE TO PAY MY BILLS #BENJAMINS ➡ CREATE WORK THAT I’M PROUD OF #PROUDPAPA ➡ LEARN A TON OF NEW STUFF #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 27. GOALS ➡ CONTINUE TO PAY MY BILLS #BENJAMINS ➡ CREATE WORK THAT I’M PROUD OF #PROUDPAPA ➡ LEARN A TON OF NEW STUFF #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER ➡ MEET OTHER DESIGNERS & DEVELOPERS TO WORK WITH AND LEARN FROM #NICETOMEETYOU Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 28. THE FIRST 414 DAYS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 29. HOW I GOT STARTED Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 30. HOW I GOT STARTED ➡ CREATED A BRAND TO SHOWCASE MY SERVICES AND WORK (A PORTFOLIO) ➡ WINDFARM CREATIVE // WNDFRM.COM Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 31. HOW I GOT STARTED ➡ CREATED A BRAND TO SHOWCASE MY SERVICES AND WORK (A PORTFOLIO) ➡ WINDFARM CREATIVE // WNDFRM.COM Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 32. HOW I GOT STARTED Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 33. HOW I GOT STARTED I MADE A BUDGET Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 34. HOW I GOT STARTED I MADE A BUDGET ➡ HOW MUCH ARE MY BILLS? Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 35. HOW I GOT STARTED I MADE A BUDGET ➡ HOW MUCH ARE MY BILLS? ➡ WHAT’S THE ABSOLUTE BASE MONTHLY INCOME I NEED? Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 36. HOW I GOT STARTED I MADE A BUDGET ➡ HOW MUCH ARE MY BILLS? ➡ WHAT’S THE ABSOLUTE BASE MONTHLY INCOME I NEED? ➡ WHAT MONTHLY INCOME AM I COMFORTABLE WITH? Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 37. HOW I GOT STARTED I MADE A BUDGET ➡ HOW MUCH ARE MY BILLS? ➡ WHAT’S THE ABSOLUTE BASE MONTHLY INCOME I NEED? ➡ WHAT MONTHLY INCOME AM I COMFORTABLE WITH? ➡ HOW MUCH DO I HAVE SAVED UP AS A CUSHION? Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 38. HOW I GOT STARTED I MADE A BUDGET ➡ HOW MUCH ARE MY BILLS? ➡ WHAT’S THE ABSOLUTE BASE MONTHLY INCOME I NEED? ➡ WHAT MONTHLY INCOME AM I COMFORTABLE WITH? ➡ HOW MUCH DO I HAVE SAVED UP AS A CUSHION? ➡ WHAT STARTUP COSTS CAN I EXPECT? Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 39. HOW I GOT STARTED Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 40. HOW I GOT STARTED I ASKED FOR HELP ➡ MY #BESTFRIEND HAD BECOME A FREELANCER THE YEAR BEFORE ➡ PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH HIS OVERFLOW CLIENTS ➡ PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH HIS FREELANCER FRIENDS ➡ ASKED MY PREVIOUS EMPLOYER FOR FREELANCE WORK ➡ I DIDN’T BURN MY BRIDGES! Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 41. HOW I GOT STARTED Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 42. HOW I GOT STARTED I HOOKED MYSELF UP Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 43. HOW I GOT STARTED I HOOKED MYSELF UP ➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE! Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 44. HOW I GOT STARTED I HOOKED MYSELF UP ➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE! ➡ NEW CPA! (SORRY, DAD) Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 45. HOW I GOT STARTED I HOOKED MYSELF UP ➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE! ➡ NEW CPA! (SORRY, DAD) ➡ WENT OVER ALL THE PRO/CONS OF CORPORATIONS/LLC’S, S-CORP, TALKED ABOUT PAYING TAXES, ETC ETC Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 46. HOW I GOT STARTED I HOOKED MYSELF UP ➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE! ➡ NEW CPA! (SORRY, DAD) ➡ WENT OVER ALL THE PRO/CONS OF CORPORATIONS/LLC’S, S-CORP, TALKED ABOUT PAYING TAXES, ETC ETC ➡ BOOKED A TRIP TO WORDCAMP SF 2012 Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 47. HOW I GOT STARTED I HOOKED MYSELF UP ➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE! ➡ NEW CPA! (SORRY, DAD) ➡ WENT OVER ALL THE PRO/CONS OF CORPORATIONS/LLC’S, S-CORP, TALKED ABOUT PAYING TAXES, ETC ETC ➡ BOOKED A TRIP TO WORDCAMP SF 2012 ➡ NETWORKING! SALES! AFTERPARTIES! Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 48. HOW I GOT STARTED I HOOKED MYSELF UP ➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE! ➡ NEW CPA! (SORRY, DAD) ➡ WENT OVER ALL THE PRO/CONS OF CORPORATIONS/LLC’S, S-CORP, TALKED ABOUT PAYING TAXES, ETC ETC ➡ BOOKED A TRIP TO WORDCAMP SF 2012 ➡ NETWORKING! SALES! AFTERPARTIES! ➡ (ALSO ATTENDED GRAND RAPIDS 2012 AND CHICAGO 2013) Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 49. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 50. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ DAY 1. Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 51. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ DAY 1. ➡ SERIOUSLY. Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 52. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ DAY 1. ➡ SERIOUSLY. ➡ I FELT LIKE A NEW PERSON. Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 53. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ DAY 1. ➡ SERIOUSLY. ➡ I FELT LIKE A NEW PERSON. ➡ (A HAPPY SCARED PERSON Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 54. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ DAY 1. ➡ SERIOUSLY. ➡ I FELT LIKE A NEW PERSON. ➡ (A HAPPY SCARED PERSON ➡ BECOMING THE OWNER OF A LEGITIMATE COPY OF PHOTOSHOP Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 55. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 56. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ OKAY THEMES Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 57. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ OKAY THEMES ➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 58. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ OKAY THEMES ➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND ➡ GAVE ME A BASE INCOME TO LAUNCH FROM #BENJAMINS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 59. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ OKAY THEMES ➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND ➡ GAVE ME A BASE INCOME TO LAUNCH FROM #BENJAMINS ➡ STARTED AS SUPPORT GURU, MY FIRST NON-RETAIL CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 60. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ OKAY THEMES ➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND ➡ GAVE ME A BASE INCOME TO LAUNCH FROM #BENJAMINS ➡ STARTED AS SUPPORT GURU, MY FIRST NON-RETAIL CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER ➡ DEVELOPED 1 THEME, 1 PLUGIN, COMMITTED LOTS OF BUGFIXES TO ALL OF THE THEMES Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 61. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ OKAY THEMES ➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND ➡ GAVE ME A BASE INCOME TO LAUNCH FROM #BENJAMINS ➡ STARTED AS SUPPORT GURU, MY FIRST NON-RETAIL CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER ➡ DEVELOPED 1 THEME, 1 PLUGIN, COMMITTED LOTS OF BUGFIXES TO ALL OF THE THEMES ➡ FORMED A GREAT WORKING RELATIONSHIP AND FRIENDSHIP WITH THE HEAD HONCHO, MIKE MCALISTER #NICETOMEETYOU Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 62. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ OKAY THEMES ➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND ➡ GAVE ME A BASE INCOME TO LAUNCH FROM #BENJAMINS ➡ STARTED AS SUPPORT GURU, MY FIRST NON-RETAIL CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER ➡ DEVELOPED 1 THEME, 1 PLUGIN, COMMITTED LOTS OF BUGFIXES TO ALL OF THE THEMES ➡ FORMED A GREAT WORKING RELATIONSHIP AND FRIENDSHIP WITH THE HEAD HONCHO, MIKE MCALISTER #NICETOMEETYOU ➡ GAINED SMALL THEME CUSTOMIZATION JOBS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 63. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 64. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ WORDCAMP SF 2012 Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 65. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ WORDCAMP SF 2012 ➡ MET SO MANY TALENTED PEOPLE #NICETOMEETYOU Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 66. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ WORDCAMP SF 2012 ➡ MET SO MANY TALENTED PEOPLE #NICETOMEETYOU ➡ FIRST TIME I TRULY "GOT" WORDPRESS AND THE COMMUNITY #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 67. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ WORDCAMP SF 2012 ➡ MET SO MANY TALENTED PEOPLE #NICETOMEETYOU ➡ FIRST TIME I TRULY "GOT" WORDPRESS AND THE COMMUNITY #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER ➡ MY MUSTACHE GOT ME A GIG #BENJAMINS #MUSTACHE Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 68. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ WORDCAMP SF 2012 ➡ MET SO MANY TALENTED PEOPLE #NICETOMEETYOU ➡ FIRST TIME I TRULY "GOT" WORDPRESS AND THE COMMUNITY #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER ➡ MY MUSTACHE GOT ME A GIG #BENJAMINS #MUSTACHE Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 69. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 70. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ MODERN TRIBE Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 71. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ MODERN TRIBE ➡ JOINED THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM FOR THE EVENTS CALENDAR, A TOOL I LOVED AND HAD USED DOZENS OF TIME BEFORE #PROUDPAPA Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 72. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ MODERN TRIBE ➡ JOINED THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM FOR THE EVENTS CALENDAR, A TOOL I LOVED AND HAD USED DOZENS OF TIME BEFORE #PROUDPAPA ➡ ENABLED ME TO WORK WITH BRANDS SUCH AS MOZILLA AND HARVARD LAW SCHOOL #PROUDPAPA Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 73. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ MODERN TRIBE ➡ JOINED THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM FOR THE EVENTS CALENDAR, A TOOL I LOVED AND HAD USED DOZENS OF TIME BEFORE #PROUDPAPA ➡ ENABLED ME TO WORK WITH BRANDS SUCH AS MOZILLA AND HARVARD LAW SCHOOL #PROUDPAPA ➡ JOINED A TEAM OF SOME OF THE SMARTEST MOFOS I'VE EVER MET #NICETOMEETYOU #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 74. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ MODERN TRIBE ➡ JOINED THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM FOR THE EVENTS CALENDAR, A TOOL I LOVED AND HAD USED DOZENS OF TIME BEFORE #PROUDPAPA ➡ ENABLED ME TO WORK WITH BRANDS SUCH AS MOZILLA AND HARVARD LAW SCHOOL #PROUDPAPA ➡ JOINED A TEAM OF SOME OF THE SMARTEST MOFOS I'VE EVER MET #NICETOMEETYOU #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER ➡ PARTICIPATED IN DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT, SUPPORT, UX DESIGN, PROTOTYPING, INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 75. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ MODERN TRIBE ➡ JOINED THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM FOR THE EVENTS CALENDAR, A TOOL I LOVED AND HAD USED DOZENS OF TIME BEFORE #PROUDPAPA ➡ ENABLED ME TO WORK WITH BRANDS SUCH AS MOZILLA AND HARVARD LAW SCHOOL #PROUDPAPA ➡ JOINED A TEAM OF SOME OF THE SMARTEST MOFOS I'VE EVER MET #NICETOMEETYOU #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER ➡ PARTICIPATED IN DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT, SUPPORT, UX DESIGN, PROTOTYPING, INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER ➡ TRAVELLED TO CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO FOR A TEAM RETREAT, MEETING MY TEAM FACE TO FACE #BENJAMINS #NICETOMEETYOU Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 76. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 77. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ CG COOKIE Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 78. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ CG COOKIE ➡ WAS A REFERRAL BY MY #BESTFRIEND TO TWEAK SOME CSS HERE AND THERE Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 79. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ CG COOKIE ➡ WAS A REFERRAL BY MY #BESTFRIEND TO TWEAK SOME CSS HERE AND THERE ➡ FORMED A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE OWNERSHIP THAT TURNED THE SMALL JOB INTO A 6 MONTH REDESIGN AND REBUILD PROJECT, LED BY YOURS TRULY. #BENJAMINS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 80. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ CG COOKIE ➡ WAS A REFERRAL BY MY #BESTFRIEND TO TWEAK SOME CSS HERE AND THERE ➡ FORMED A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE OWNERSHIP THAT TURNED THE SMALL JOB INTO A 6 MONTH REDESIGN AND REBUILD PROJECT, LED BY YOURS TRULY. #BENJAMINS ➡ WORKED WITH PIPPIN WILLIAMSON OF PIPPINS PLUGINS, WHOSE WORK AND WRITINGS I'VE FOLLOWED AND LOOKED UP TO #NICETOMEETYOU Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 81. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ CG COOKIE ➡ WAS A REFERRAL BY MY #BESTFRIEND TO TWEAK SOME CSS HERE AND THERE ➡ FORMED A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE OWNERSHIP THAT TURNED THE SMALL JOB INTO A 6 MONTH REDESIGN AND REBUILD PROJECT, LED BY YOURS TRULY. #BENJAMINS ➡ WORKED WITH PIPPIN WILLIAMSON OF PIPPINS PLUGINS, WHOSE WORK AND WRITINGS I'VE FOLLOWED AND LOOKED UP TO #NICETOMEETYOU ➡ REBRANDED AND RE-LAUNCHED THE CG COOKIE NETWORK #PROUDPAPA Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 82. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 83. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ SPEAKING AT WORDCAMP Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 84. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ SPEAKING AT WORDCAMP ➡ CHICAGO 2013 Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 85. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ SPEAKING AT WORDCAMP ➡ CHICAGO 2013 ➡ GRAND RAPIDS 2013 Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 86. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 87. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ MOVING BACK TO THE BOONIES ➡ AN ALL-IN COMMITMENT TO FREELANCING ➡ (OR, AT LEAST AN ALL-IN COMMITMENT TO REMOTE WORK) Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 88. LOWLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 89. LOWLIGHTS ➡ DISCOGRAPHY - THE LOST THEME ➡ COMMERCIAL THEME I DEVELOPED THAT HAS YET TO LAUNCH ➡ (BUT STILL PLAN TO?) ➡ 70 HOURS WITH NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT SO FAR Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 90. LOWLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 91. LOWLIGHTS WEEKEND PLANS ➡ YOU MEAN WORK? ➡ WORKED A LOT OF WEEKENDS. TOO MANY WEEKENDS. ➡ MY INCOME IS DIRECTLY TIED TO MY TIME. Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 92. LOWLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 93. LOWLIGHTS IS THAT IT? Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 94. LOWLIGHTS IS THAT IT? Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 95. BY THE NUMBERS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 96. BY THE NUMBERS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 97. BY THE NUMBERS ➡ 14 CLIENTS I COMPLETED WORK FOR ➡ 1 CLIENT FIRED AND REFUNDED ➡ 3 CLIENTS TURNED AWAY ➡ SCHEDULING CONFLICTS, AND ALL REFERRED TO SOMEONE ELSE ➡ 1 FULL-TIME JOB OFFER Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 98. Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 99. HOW I SPENT MY TIME 65% OF MY TIME IS BILLED ➡ 28.5 HOURS BILLED A WEEK, ON AVERAGE Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 100. HOW I SPENT MY TIME 65% OF MY TIME IS BILLED ➡ 28.5 HOURS BILLED A WEEK, ON AVERAGE THE OTHER 35%: ➡ MANAGEMENT STUFF (FINANCES, TRACKING TIME, ORGANIZING/PLANNING WORKFLOW) ➡ REFERENCE (BLOGS, NEAT TUTORIALS, ETC..) ➡ SUPER DISTRACTING STUFF (FACEBOOK, TWITTER, IMESSAGE, GAME OF THRONES MEMES) Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 101. HOW I SPENT MY TIME Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 102. HOW I SPENT MY TIME ➡ I HAD 12 WEEKDAYS OFF Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 103. HOW I SPENT MY TIME ➡ I HAD 12 WEEKDAYS OFF ➡ I WORKED 19 WEEKENDS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 104. HOW I SPENT MY TIME ➡ I HAD 12 WEEKDAYS OFF ➡ I WORKED 19 WEEKENDS ➡ (MORE THAN 2 HOURS BILL ON EITHER OR BOTH DAYS) Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 105. HOW I SPENT MY TIME Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 106. HOW I SPENT MY TIME NOTABLE AND/OR EMBARRASSING TIDBITS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 107. HOW I SPENT MY TIME NOTABLE AND/OR EMBARRASSING TIDBITS ➡ I SPENT MORE TIME IN SKYPE THAN SUBLIME TEXT Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 108. HOW I SPENT MY TIME NOTABLE AND/OR EMBARRASSING TIDBITS ➡ I SPENT MORE TIME IN SKYPE THAN SUBLIME TEXT ➡ (FACEBOOK + TWITTER + REDDIT) TIME == PHOTOSHOP TIME Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 109. HOW I SPENT MY TIME NOTABLE AND/OR EMBARRASSING TIDBITS ➡ I SPENT MORE TIME IN SKYPE THAN SUBLIME TEXT ➡ (FACEBOOK + TWITTER + REDDIT) TIME == PHOTOSHOP TIME ➡ MY MOST PRODUCTIVE DAY OF THE YEAR WAS A SATURDAY. Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 110. HOW I SPENT MY TIME 11 others 7% Okay 15% CG Cookie 38% Modern Tribe 40% Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 111. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 112. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 113. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 114. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 115. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 116. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 117. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 118. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 119. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 120. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 121. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS ➡ 2 PLANES Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 122. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS ➡ 2 PLANES Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 123. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS ➡ 2 PLANES ➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 124. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS ➡ 2 PLANES ➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 125. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS ➡ 2 PLANES ➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS ➡ 1 TRAIN Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 126. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS ➡ 2 PLANES ➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS ➡ 1 TRAIN Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 127. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS ➡ 2 PLANES ➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS ➡ 1 TRAIN ➡ 1 HOSPITAL Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 128. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS ➡ 2 PLANES ➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS ➡ 1 TRAIN ➡ 1 HOSPITAL Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 129. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS ➡ 2 PLANES ➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS ➡ 1 TRAIN ➡ 1 HOSPITAL ➡ 1 MCDONALD’S Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 130. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME I TRIED WORKING IN A CAR ONCE, BUT I GOT MOTION SICKNESS ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS ➡ 2 PLANES ➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS ➡ 1 TRAIN ➡ 1 HOSPITAL ➡ 1 MCDONALD’S Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 131. SO, HOW DID I DO? Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 132. SO, HOW DID I DO? #BENJAMINS #BESTFRIEND #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER #MUSTACHE #NICETOMEETYOU #PROUDPAPA Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 133. WHERE AM I GOING? Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 134. WHERE AM I GOING? Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 135. WHERE AM I GOING? A BOY WITHOUT A BRAND ➡ AGENCY-TYPE BRANDING DOESN’T FIT THE WORK I DO ➡ I DON’T WANT TO PRETEND TO BE SOMETHING I’M NOT ➡ WNDFRM.COM IS REALLY HARD SAY OUT LOUD Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 136. WHERE AM I GOING? A BOY WITHOUT A BRAND ➡ AGENCY-TYPE BRANDING DOESN’T FIT THE WORK I DO ➡ I DON’T WANT TO PRETEND TO BE SOMETHING I’M NOT ➡ WNDFRM.COM IS REALLY HARD SAY OUT LOUD FREELANCING, OR, WHATEVER. ➡ I WILL CONTINUE TO CHASE MY GOALS, WHEREVER THEY TAKE ME. ➡ SERVICES AND PRODUCTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 137. FINAL THOUGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 138. FINAL THOUGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 139. FINAL THOUGHTS HOW TO START, LIKE I DID ➡ KNOW YOUR GOALS ➡ BE(COME) A PROFESSIONAL ➡ ASK FOR HELP ➡ MAKE FRIENDS ➡ TWITTER ➡ WORDCAMPS ➡ MEETUPS ➡ KNOW WHERE YOU’RE GOING ➡ GIVE YOURSELF AN EMPLOYEE REVIEW Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 140. FINAL THOUGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 141. FINAL THOUGHTS RESOURCES ➡ FREELANCE TOOLKIT ➡ FREELANCE.TRI.BE ➡ RESCUE TIME ➡ RESCUETIME.COM ➡ TWITTER ➡ GOOGLE TOP WHATEVER WORDPRESS PEOPLE TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER ➡ ASK THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU WHAT THEIR TWITTER HANDLE IS Thursday, September 5, 13
  • 142. (AND NOT FALLING ASLEEP) THANKS FOR LISTENING! Thank you to The Noun Project for the following icons: “Desk” by Jason Thoburn, “Airport” by Joris Hoogendoorn, “Airplane Internet” by David Brossard, “Doughnut” by Julia Soderberg Thursday, September 5, 13