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A RETROSPECTIVE
MY FIRST
414 DAYS AS A
FREELANCER:
@kyle_unzicker
kyleunzicker.com
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHO AM I? **I DON’T MEAN THIS IN AN EXISTENTIAL WAY.
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHO AM I? **I DON’T MEAN THIS IN AN EXISTENTIAL WAY.
Thursday, September 5, 13
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,...
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...
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...
WHAT’S MY STORY?
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHAT’S MY STORY?
➡ WHY I STARTED FREELANCING
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHAT’S MY STORY?
➡ WHY I STARTED FREELANCING
➡ MY INITIAL GOALS
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHAT’S MY STORY?
➡ WHY I STARTED FREELANCING
➡ MY INITIAL GOALS
➡ HOW I GOT MY START
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHAT’S MY STORY?
➡ WHY I STARTED FREELANCING
➡ MY INITIAL GOALS
➡ HOW I GOT MY START
➡ HOW’S IT’S BEEN SO FAR
Thursday, Se...
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 ...
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 ...
THE FIRST
-1095 DAYS
Thursday, September 5, 13
THE FIRST -1095 DAYS
Thursday, September 5, 13
THE FIRST -1095 DAYS
➡ AGENCY EMPLOYEE FOR 3 YEARS
➡ BEGAN ANSWERING PHONES, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT BY THE TIME I LEFT
➡ ...
WHY I QUIT
MY JOB
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHY I QUIT MY JOB
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHY I QUIT MY JOB
➡ I STOPPED LEARNING
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHY I QUIT MY JOB
➡ I STOPPED LEARNING
➡ I WAS NO LONGER PROUD OF THE PROJECTS THAT I
WORKED ON
Thursday, September 5, 13
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...
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...
GOALS
Thursday, September 5, 13
GOALS
➡ CONTINUE TO PAY MY BILLS #BENJAMINS
Thursday, September 5, 13
GOALS
➡ CONTINUE TO PAY MY BILLS #BENJAMINS
➡ CREATE WORK THAT I’M PROUD OF #PROUDPAPA
Thursday, September 5, 13
GOALS
➡ CONTINUE TO PAY MY BILLS #BENJAMINS
➡ CREATE WORK THAT I’M PROUD OF #PROUDPAPA
➡ LEARN A TON OF NEW STUFF #KNOWLED...
GOALS
➡ CONTINUE TO PAY MY BILLS #BENJAMINS
➡ CREATE WORK THAT I’M PROUD OF #PROUDPAPA
➡ LEARN A TON OF NEW STUFF #KNOWLED...
THE FIRST
414 DAYS
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I GOT STARTED
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I GOT STARTED
➡ CREATED A BRAND TO SHOWCASE MY SERVICES AND
WORK (A PORTFOLIO)
➡ WINDFARM CREATIVE // WNDFRM.COM
Thurs...
HOW I GOT STARTED
➡ CREATED A BRAND TO SHOWCASE MY SERVICES AND
WORK (A PORTFOLIO)
➡ WINDFARM CREATIVE // WNDFRM.COM
Thurs...
HOW I GOT STARTED
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I GOT STARTED
I MADE A BUDGET
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I GOT STARTED
I MADE A BUDGET
➡ HOW MUCH ARE MY BILLS?
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I GOT STARTED
I MADE A BUDGET
➡ HOW MUCH ARE MY BILLS?
➡ WHAT’S THE ABSOLUTE BASE MONTHLY INCOME I
NEED?
Thursday, Sep...
HOW I GOT STARTED
I MADE A BUDGET
➡ HOW MUCH ARE MY BILLS?
➡ WHAT’S THE ABSOLUTE BASE MONTHLY INCOME I
NEED?
➡ WHAT MONTHL...
HOW I GOT STARTED
I MADE A BUDGET
➡ HOW MUCH ARE MY BILLS?
➡ WHAT’S THE ABSOLUTE BASE MONTHLY INCOME I
NEED?
➡ WHAT MONTHL...
HOW I GOT STARTED
I MADE A BUDGET
➡ HOW MUCH ARE MY BILLS?
➡ WHAT’S THE ABSOLUTE BASE MONTHLY INCOME I
NEED?
➡ WHAT MONTHL...
HOW I GOT STARTED
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I GOT STARTED
I ASKED FOR HELP
➡ MY #BESTFRIEND HAD BECOME A FREELANCER THE YEAR
BEFORE
➡ PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH HIS OVE...
HOW I GOT STARTED
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I GOT STARTED
I HOOKED MYSELF UP
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I GOT STARTED
I HOOKED MYSELF UP
➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE!
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I GOT STARTED
I HOOKED MYSELF UP
➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE!
➡ NEW CPA! (SORRY, DAD)
Thursday, September 5...
HOW I GOT STARTED
I HOOKED MYSELF UP
➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE!
➡ NEW CPA! (SORRY, DAD)
➡ WENT OVER ALL THE P...
HOW I GOT STARTED
I HOOKED MYSELF UP
➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE!
➡ NEW CPA! (SORRY, DAD)
➡ WENT OVER ALL THE P...
HOW I GOT STARTED
I HOOKED MYSELF UP
➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE!
➡ NEW CPA! (SORRY, DAD)
➡ WENT OVER ALL THE P...
HOW I GOT STARTED
I HOOKED MYSELF UP
➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE!
➡ NEW CPA! (SORRY, DAD)
➡ WENT OVER ALL THE P...
HIGHLIGHTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ DAY 1.
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ DAY 1.
➡ SERIOUSLY.
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ DAY 1.
➡ SERIOUSLY.
➡ I FELT LIKE A NEW PERSON.
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ DAY 1.
➡ SERIOUSLY.
➡ I FELT LIKE A NEW PERSON.
➡ (A HAPPY SCARED PERSON
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ DAY 1.
➡ SERIOUSLY.
➡ I FELT LIKE A NEW PERSON.
➡ (A HAPPY SCARED PERSON
➡ BECOMING THE OWNER OF A LEGITIMATE...
HIGHLIGHTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ OKAY THEMES
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ OKAY THEMES
➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ OKAY THEMES
➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND
➡ GAVE ME A BASE INCOME TO LAUNCH FROM #BENJAMINS
Thursday, Septembe...
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ OKAY THEMES
➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND
➡ GAVE ME A BASE INCOME TO LAUNCH FROM #BENJAMINS
➡ STARTED AS SUPPO...
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ OKAY THEMES
➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND
➡ GAVE ME A BASE INCOME TO LAUNCH FROM #BENJAMINS
➡ STARTED AS SUPPO...
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ OKAY THEMES
➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND
➡ GAVE ME A BASE INCOME TO LAUNCH FROM #BENJAMINS
➡ STARTED AS SUPPO...
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ OKAY THEMES
➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND
➡ GAVE ME A BASE INCOME TO LAUNCH FROM #BENJAMINS
➡ STARTED AS SUPPO...
HIGHLIGHTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ WORDCAMP SF 2012
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ WORDCAMP SF 2012
➡ MET SO MANY TALENTED PEOPLE #NICETOMEETYOU
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ WORDCAMP SF 2012
➡ MET SO MANY TALENTED PEOPLE #NICETOMEETYOU
➡ FIRST TIME I TRULY "GOT" WORDPRESS AND THE CO...
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ WORDCAMP SF 2012
➡ MET SO MANY TALENTED PEOPLE #NICETOMEETYOU
➡ FIRST TIME I TRULY "GOT" WORDPRESS AND THE CO...
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ WORDCAMP SF 2012
➡ MET SO MANY TALENTED PEOPLE #NICETOMEETYOU
➡ FIRST TIME I TRULY "GOT" WORDPRESS AND THE CO...
HIGHLIGHTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ MODERN TRIBE
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ MODERN TRIBE
➡ JOINED THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM FOR THE EVENTS CALENDAR, A TOOL I
LOVED AND HAD USED DOZENS OF TIM...
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ MODERN TRIBE
➡ JOINED THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM FOR THE EVENTS CALENDAR, A TOOL I
LOVED AND HAD USED DOZENS OF TIM...
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ MODERN TRIBE
➡ JOINED THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM FOR THE EVENTS CALENDAR, A TOOL I
LOVED AND HAD USED DOZENS OF TIM...
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ MODERN TRIBE
➡ JOINED THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM FOR THE EVENTS CALENDAR, A TOOL I
LOVED AND HAD USED DOZENS OF TIM...
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ MODERN TRIBE
➡ JOINED THE DEVELOPMENT TEAM FOR THE EVENTS CALENDAR, A TOOL I
LOVED AND HAD USED DOZENS OF TIM...
HIGHLIGHTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ CG COOKIE
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ CG COOKIE
➡ WAS A REFERRAL BY MY #BESTFRIEND TO TWEAK SOME CSS HERE AND
THERE
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ CG COOKIE
➡ WAS A REFERRAL BY MY #BESTFRIEND TO TWEAK SOME CSS HERE AND
THERE
➡ FORMED A RELATIONSHIP WITH TH...
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ CG COOKIE
➡ WAS A REFERRAL BY MY #BESTFRIEND TO TWEAK SOME CSS HERE AND
THERE
➡ FORMED A RELATIONSHIP WITH TH...
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ CG COOKIE
➡ WAS A REFERRAL BY MY #BESTFRIEND TO TWEAK SOME CSS HERE AND
THERE
➡ FORMED A RELATIONSHIP WITH TH...
HIGHLIGHTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ SPEAKING AT WORDCAMP
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ SPEAKING AT WORDCAMP
➡ CHICAGO 2013
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ SPEAKING AT WORDCAMP
➡ CHICAGO 2013
➡ GRAND RAPIDS 2013
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
HIGHLIGHTS
➡ MOVING BACK TO THE BOONIES
➡ AN ALL-IN COMMITMENT TO FREELANCING
➡ (OR, AT LEAST AN ALL-IN COMMITMENT TO REMO...
LOWLIGHTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
LOWLIGHTS
➡ DISCOGRAPHY - THE LOST THEME
➡ COMMERCIAL THEME I DEVELOPED THAT HAS YET TO LAUNCH
➡ (BUT STILL PLAN TO?)
➡ 70...
LOWLIGHTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
LOWLIGHTS
WEEKEND PLANS
➡ YOU MEAN WORK?
➡ WORKED A LOT OF WEEKENDS. TOO MANY WEEKENDS.
➡ MY INCOME IS DIRECTLY TIED TO MY...
LOWLIGHTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
LOWLIGHTS
IS THAT IT?
Thursday, September 5, 13
LOWLIGHTS
IS THAT IT?
Thursday, September 5, 13
BY THE
NUMBERS
Thursday, September 5, 13
BY THE NUMBERS
Thursday, September 5, 13
BY THE NUMBERS
➡ 14 CLIENTS I COMPLETED WORK FOR
➡ 1 CLIENT FIRED AND REFUNDED
➡ 3 CLIENTS TURNED AWAY
➡ SCHEDULING CONFLI...
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I SPENT MY TIME
65% OF MY TIME IS BILLED
➡ 28.5 HOURS BILLED A WEEK, ON AVERAGE
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I SPENT MY TIME
65% OF MY TIME IS BILLED
➡ 28.5 HOURS BILLED A WEEK, ON AVERAGE
THE OTHER 35%:
➡ MANAGEMENT STUFF (FIN...
HOW I SPENT MY TIME
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I SPENT MY TIME
➡ I HAD 12 WEEKDAYS OFF
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I SPENT MY TIME
➡ I HAD 12 WEEKDAYS OFF
➡ I WORKED 19 WEEKENDS
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I SPENT MY TIME
➡ I HAD 12 WEEKDAYS OFF
➡ I WORKED 19 WEEKENDS
➡ (MORE THAN 2 HOURS BILL ON EITHER OR BOTH DAYS)
Thurs...
HOW I SPENT MY TIME
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I SPENT MY TIME
NOTABLE AND/OR EMBARRASSING TIDBITS
Thursday, September 5, 13
HOW I SPENT MY TIME
NOTABLE AND/OR EMBARRASSING TIDBITS
➡ I SPENT MORE TIME IN SKYPE THAN SUBLIME TEXT
Thursday, September...
HOW I SPENT MY TIME
NOTABLE AND/OR EMBARRASSING TIDBITS
➡ I SPENT MORE TIME IN SKYPE THAN SUBLIME TEXT
➡ (FACEBOOK + TWITT...
HOW I SPENT MY TIME
NOTABLE AND/OR EMBARRASSING TIDBITS
➡ I SPENT MORE TIME IN SKYPE THAN SUBLIME TEXT
➡ (FACEBOOK + TWITT...
HOW I SPENT MY TIME
11 others
7%
Okay
15%
CG Cookie
38%
Modern Tribe
40%
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES
➡ 3 AIRPORTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES
➡ 3 AIRPORTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES
➡ 3 AIRPORTS
➡ 2 PLANES
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES
➡ 3 AIRPORTS
➡ 2 PLANES
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES
➡ 3 AIRPORTS
➡ 2 PLANES
➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS
Thursday, Septem...
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES
➡ 3 AIRPORTS
➡ 2 PLANES
➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS
Thursday, Septem...
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES
➡ 3 AIRPORTS
➡ 2 PLANES
➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS
➡ 1 TRAIN
Thursd...
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES
➡ 3 AIRPORTS
➡ 2 PLANES
➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS
➡ 1 TRAIN
Thursd...
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES
➡ 3 AIRPORTS
➡ 2 PLANES
➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS
➡ 1 TRAIN
➡ 1 HO...
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES
➡ 3 AIRPORTS
➡ 2 PLANES
➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS
➡ 1 TRAIN
➡ 1 HO...
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES
➡ 3 AIRPORTS
➡ 2 PLANES
➡ 2 DONUT SHOPS
➡ 1 TRAIN
➡ 1 HO...
WHERE I SPENT MY TIME
I TRIED WORKING IN A CAR ONCE, BUT I GOT MOTION SICKNESS
➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS
➡ 6 OFFICES
➡ 4 LIBRARIES...
SO, HOW
DID I DO?
Thursday, September 5, 13
SO, HOW DID I DO?
#BENJAMINS
#BESTFRIEND
#KNOWLEDGEISPOWER
#MUSTACHE #NICETOMEETYOU
#PROUDPAPA
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE AM
I GOING?
Thursday, September 5, 13
WHERE AM I GOING?
Thursday, September 5, 13
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 S...
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 S...
FINAL
THOUGHTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
FINAL THOUGHTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
FINAL THOUGHTS
HOW TO START, LIKE I DID
➡ KNOW YOUR GOALS
➡ BE(COME) A PROFESSIONAL
➡ ASK FOR HELP
➡ MAKE FRIENDS
➡ TWITTE...
FINAL THOUGHTS
Thursday, September 5, 13
FINAL THOUGHTS
RESOURCES
➡ FREELANCE TOOLKIT
➡ FREELANCE.TRI.BE
➡ RESCUE TIME
➡ RESCUETIME.COM
➡ TWITTER
➡ GOOGLE TOP WHAT...
(AND NOT FALLING ASLEEP)
THANKS
FOR
LISTENING!
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  1. 1. A RETROSPECTIVE MY FIRST 414 DAYS AS A FREELANCER: @kyle_unzicker kyleunzicker.com Thursday, September 5, 13
  2. 2. WHO AM I? **I DON’T MEAN THIS IN AN EXISTENTIAL WAY. Thursday, September 5, 13
  3. 3. WHO AM I? **I DON’T MEAN THIS IN AN EXISTENTIAL WAY. Thursday, September 5, 13
  4. 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. 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. 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. 7. WHAT’S MY STORY? Thursday, September 5, 13
  8. 8. WHAT’S MY STORY? ➡ WHY I STARTED FREELANCING Thursday, September 5, 13
  9. 9. WHAT’S MY STORY? ➡ WHY I STARTED FREELANCING ➡ MY INITIAL GOALS Thursday, September 5, 13
  10. 10. WHAT’S MY STORY? ➡ WHY I STARTED FREELANCING ➡ MY INITIAL GOALS ➡ HOW I GOT MY START Thursday, September 5, 13
  11. 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. 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. 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. 14. THE FIRST -1095 DAYS Thursday, September 5, 13
  15. 15. THE FIRST -1095 DAYS Thursday, September 5, 13
  16. 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. 17. WHY I QUIT MY JOB Thursday, September 5, 13
  18. 18. WHY I QUIT MY JOB Thursday, September 5, 13
  19. 19. WHY I QUIT MY JOB ➡ I STOPPED LEARNING Thursday, September 5, 13
  20. 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. 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. 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. 23. GOALS Thursday, September 5, 13
  24. 24. GOALS ➡ CONTINUE TO PAY MY BILLS #BENJAMINS Thursday, September 5, 13
  25. 25. GOALS ➡ CONTINUE TO PAY MY BILLS #BENJAMINS ➡ CREATE WORK THAT I’M PROUD OF #PROUDPAPA Thursday, September 5, 13
  26. 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. 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. 28. THE FIRST 414 DAYS Thursday, September 5, 13
  29. 29. HOW I GOT STARTED Thursday, September 5, 13
  30. 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. 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. 32. HOW I GOT STARTED Thursday, September 5, 13
  33. 33. HOW I GOT STARTED I MADE A BUDGET Thursday, September 5, 13
  34. 34. HOW I GOT STARTED I MADE A BUDGET ➡ HOW MUCH ARE MY BILLS? Thursday, September 5, 13
  35. 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. 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. 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. 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. 39. HOW I GOT STARTED Thursday, September 5, 13
  40. 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. 41. HOW I GOT STARTED Thursday, September 5, 13
  42. 42. HOW I GOT STARTED I HOOKED MYSELF UP Thursday, September 5, 13
  43. 43. HOW I GOT STARTED I HOOKED MYSELF UP ➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE! Thursday, September 5, 13
  44. 44. HOW I GOT STARTED I HOOKED MYSELF UP ➡ NEW COMPUTER! NEW DESK! NEW SOFTWARE! ➡ NEW CPA! (SORRY, DAD) Thursday, September 5, 13
  45. 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. 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. 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. 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. 49. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  50. 50. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ DAY 1. Thursday, September 5, 13
  51. 51. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ DAY 1. ➡ SERIOUSLY. Thursday, September 5, 13
  52. 52. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ DAY 1. ➡ SERIOUSLY. ➡ I FELT LIKE A NEW PERSON. Thursday, September 5, 13
  53. 53. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ DAY 1. ➡ SERIOUSLY. ➡ I FELT LIKE A NEW PERSON. ➡ (A HAPPY SCARED PERSON Thursday, September 5, 13
  54. 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. 55. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  56. 56. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ OKAY THEMES Thursday, September 5, 13
  57. 57. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ OKAY THEMES ➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND Thursday, September 5, 13
  58. 58. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ OKAY THEMES ➡ REFERRED BY MY #BESTFRIEND ➡ GAVE ME A BASE INCOME TO LAUNCH FROM #BENJAMINS Thursday, September 5, 13
  59. 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. 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. 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. 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. 63. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  64. 64. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ WORDCAMP SF 2012 Thursday, September 5, 13
  65. 65. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ WORDCAMP SF 2012 ➡ MET SO MANY TALENTED PEOPLE #NICETOMEETYOU Thursday, September 5, 13
  66. 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. 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. 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. 69. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  70. 70. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ MODERN TRIBE Thursday, September 5, 13
  71. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 76. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  77. 77. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ CG COOKIE Thursday, September 5, 13
  78. 78. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ CG COOKIE ➡ WAS A REFERRAL BY MY #BESTFRIEND TO TWEAK SOME CSS HERE AND THERE Thursday, September 5, 13
  79. 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. 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. 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. 82. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  83. 83. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ SPEAKING AT WORDCAMP Thursday, September 5, 13
  84. 84. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ SPEAKING AT WORDCAMP ➡ CHICAGO 2013 Thursday, September 5, 13
  85. 85. HIGHLIGHTS ➡ SPEAKING AT WORDCAMP ➡ CHICAGO 2013 ➡ GRAND RAPIDS 2013 Thursday, September 5, 13
  86. 86. HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  87. 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. 88. LOWLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  89. 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. 90. LOWLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  91. 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. 92. LOWLIGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  93. 93. LOWLIGHTS IS THAT IT? Thursday, September 5, 13
  94. 94. LOWLIGHTS IS THAT IT? Thursday, September 5, 13
  95. 95. BY THE NUMBERS Thursday, September 5, 13
  96. 96. BY THE NUMBERS Thursday, September 5, 13
  97. 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. 98. Thursday, September 5, 13
  99. 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. 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. 101. HOW I SPENT MY TIME Thursday, September 5, 13
  102. 102. HOW I SPENT MY TIME ➡ I HAD 12 WEEKDAYS OFF Thursday, September 5, 13
  103. 103. HOW I SPENT MY TIME ➡ I HAD 12 WEEKDAYS OFF ➡ I WORKED 19 WEEKENDS Thursday, September 5, 13
  104. 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. 105. HOW I SPENT MY TIME Thursday, September 5, 13
  106. 106. HOW I SPENT MY TIME NOTABLE AND/OR EMBARRASSING TIDBITS Thursday, September 5, 13
  107. 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. 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. 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. 110. HOW I SPENT MY TIME 11 others 7% Okay 15% CG Cookie 38% Modern Tribe 40% Thursday, September 5, 13
  111. 111. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME Thursday, September 5, 13
  112. 112. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME Thursday, September 5, 13
  113. 113. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS Thursday, September 5, 13
  114. 114. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS Thursday, September 5, 13
  115. 115. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES Thursday, September 5, 13
  116. 116. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES Thursday, September 5, 13
  117. 117. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES Thursday, September 5, 13
  118. 118. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES Thursday, September 5, 13
  119. 119. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  120. 120. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  121. 121. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS ➡ 2 PLANES Thursday, September 5, 13
  122. 122. WHERE I SPENT MY TIME ➡ 10 COFFEE SHOPS ➡ 6 OFFICES ➡ 4 LIBRARIES ➡ 3 AIRPORTS ➡ 2 PLANES Thursday, September 5, 13
  123. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 131. SO, HOW DID I DO? Thursday, September 5, 13
  132. 132. SO, HOW DID I DO? #BENJAMINS #BESTFRIEND #KNOWLEDGEISPOWER #MUSTACHE #NICETOMEETYOU #PROUDPAPA Thursday, September 5, 13
  133. 133. WHERE AM I GOING? Thursday, September 5, 13
  134. 134. WHERE AM I GOING? Thursday, September 5, 13
  135. 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. 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. 137. FINAL THOUGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  138. 138. FINAL THOUGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  139. 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. 140. FINAL THOUGHTS Thursday, September 5, 13
  141. 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. 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

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