Who the Heck is This Guy?David Laietta - @davidlaiettaWordPress Theme DeveloperTechnical Support & EducationSix Years WordPress Design/DevelopmentThree Years *Officially* FreelancingSeven Profitable Freelance Only MonthsIntermediate Perspective
Things to Take Into ConsiderationIs This Right For Me?Dealing With ClientsI’m The Boss!Work Habits – Staying FocusedWhen Do I Need Help? Useful ToolsStaying Connected
Is This Right For Me?Irregular IncomeWork/Home Life BalanceClient RelationsDo 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 NoSet Working Hours & Stick to ThemUser Intermediary Services if NeededMaintain Honesty and AccountabilityKeep Clients Happy Within ReasonGarner Repeat Business andTestimonials/Word of Mouth Marketing
Staying FocusedRemove Distractions Maintain a Working Environment Iterate on Productivity Separate Office from Home Differentiate Between On & Off TimeStick to a RoutineFind Your MotivationSet Regular Goals – Daily/Weekly/Etc.
Can’t Do It AllBuild Your Support TeamBuild Mentor RelationshipsEstablish Network Fees/BartersKnow Your WeaknessesFill Gaps in Knowledge/SkillDelegate to Maximize Your ImpactDon’t Overextend PromisesLearn on the Job
Tools of the TradeTrack Your Time – Internal and External Harvest Time DoctorKeep Detailed Finances Freshbooks IntuitManage Projects Intelligently Basecamp Podio
Stay ConnectedAttend Conferences, (Good) NetworkingEvents, MeetupsKeep Tabs on Industry LeadersMake Time for Constant LearningMake Time to Enjoy Yourself!