Who the Heck is This Guy? David Laietta - @davidlaietta WordPress Theme Developer Technical Support & Education Six Years WordPress Design/Development Three Years *Officially* Freelancing Four Profitable Freelance Only Months Intermediate Perspective
Things to Take Into Consideration IsThis Right For Me? Dealing With Clients I’m The Boss! Work Habits – Staying Focused When Do I Need Help? Useful Tools Staying Connected
Is This Right For Me? Irregular Income Work/Home Life Balance Client Relations Do Your Research Business Costs and Living Expenses Available Market Filling a Niche Time Constraints
Working With Clients: Who’s the Boss? “The Customer is Always Right” Know When to Say No Set Working Hours & Stick to Them User Intermediary Services if Needed Maintain Honesty and Accountability Keep Clients Happy Within Reason Garner Repeat Business and Testimonials/Word of Mouth Marketing
Staying Focused Remove Distractions Maintain a Working Environment Iterate on Productivity Separate Office from Home Differentiate Between On & Off Time Stickto a Routine Find Your Motivation Set Regular Goals – Daily/Weekly/Etc.
Can’t Do It All Build Your Support Team Build Mentor Relationships Establish Network Fees/Barters Know Your Weaknesses Fill Gaps in Knowledge/Skill Delegate to Maximize Your Impact Don’t Overextend Promises Learn on the Job
Tools of the Trade Track Your Time – Internal and External Harvest Time Doctor Keep Detailed Finances Freshbooks Intuit Manage Projects Intelligently Basecamp Podio
Stay Connected Attend Conferences, (Good) Networking Events, Meetups Keep Tabs on Industry Leaders Make Time for Constant Learning Make Time to Enjoy Yourself!