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The Freelancers' Show

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Weekly discussion by freelancers and professionals about running a business, finding clients, marketing, and lifestyle related to being a freelancer.

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Weekly discussion by freelancers and professionals about running a business, finding clients, marketing, and lifestyle related to being a freelancer.

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So much great info

By ATorb - Jun 03 2018
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Thanks for all the great advice!!

Software freelancing from A to Z

By Dudedudedude111 - Dec 09 2013
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Very good quality content. Amazing job!

iTunes Ratings

21 Ratings
Average Ratings
17
3
1
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So much great info

By ATorb - Jun 03 2018
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Thanks for all the great advice!!

Software freelancing from A to Z

By Dudedudedude111 - Dec 09 2013
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Very good quality content. Amazing job!
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The Freelancers' Show

Latest release on May 26, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 187 FS Starting From Scratch as a Freelancer

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Go check out Freelance Remote Conf!

Freelancers’ Show GitHub Repository: github.com/devchattv/freelancerstopics

02:48 - Luca’s question

05:40 - The Right Things To Do in the Right Order:

08:34 - Timeframe

13:17 - Do you need a blog?

14:21 - Social Media Presence (Earn Traffic and Attention)    

16:47 - Starting a Business While Still Working at Another Job

22:53 - Impostor Syndrome

34:46 - Citing No Past Experience

37:48 - Webinars and Micronars

45:09 - Your Mailing List

Picks

Jessica Jones (Reuven)
SoHelpful (Philip)
Brennan Dunn: How To Start a Freelancing Business That Won't Fail (Philip)
The Tim Ferriss Experiment: Derek Sivers Reloaded – On Success Habits and Billionaires with Perfect Abs (Jonathan)
8 Tips For Software Developers Starting Their Own Business (Jonathan)
Veronica Mars (Jonathan)
CES (Chuck)
Las Vegas (Chuck)

Feb 04 2016

59mins

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Rank #2: TFS 360: Time Tracking and Billing with Marc Summe

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JavaScript Remote Conf 2020

May 14th to 15th - register now!

Marc Summe and the freelancing panel discuss the ins and outs of tracking time and billing for your time. Time tracking seems deceptively simple, but it gets complicated when you actually try to do it. You also have to decide what you are tracking time for and billing for and how to get your timesheet transferred to an invoice. This episode will answers all your questions about how to track your time and get paid for it.

Panelists

  • Brad Large

  • Brooks Forsyth

  • Petra Manos

  • Charles Max Wood

Guest

  • Marc Summe

Sponsors

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"The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today!

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Brooks Forsyth:

Brad Large:

  • James Bond Books by Ian Fleming

Petra Manos:

Charles Max Wood:

Marc Summe:

Mar 31 2020

1hr 3mins

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Rank #3: 241 FS How to Fire Bad Clients with Erin Flynn

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On today's episode of the Freelancers' Show, Jonathan and Reuven discuss How to Fire Bad Clients with Erin Flynn. Erin is a web designer and developer. She is, however, more popular in helping fellow designers and developers to run their businesses better as well as to communicate well with clients. Listen and learn how to identify bad clients and how to deal with them properly!

Mar 16 2017

51mins

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Rank #4: TFS 348: How To Get Into Freelancing

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In this episode of The Freelancers Show, the new panel is introduced and they discuss getting into freelancing. Brooks Forsyth is brand new to the show. He is from Connecticut and works mostly with Angular and Ionic. He has consulted for large firms but has recently been doing more independent contracting. 

Charles Max Wood has been on The Freelancers Show before but it has been a while so he introduces himself as well. Charles is the owner of DevchatTV, before that he did freelancing. They start by discussing how contracting with a large corporation compares to other contracting jobs. They also consider how those compare to moonlighting contract work. 

As CEO of DevchatTV Charles has hired contractors to help him run the shows, he shares some of the ways that he has found his employees. He and Brooks discuss Upwork and sites like them. They share how they got started in freelancing and how they found their first jobs. 

Charles tells the listeners that it was worth it and gives them some advice to help with the stress of starting out. The panel gives recommendations on finding clients and Charles shares his method for finding your dream client which has been adapted from his book. They discuss billing hourly or by project and the importance of an emergency fund. 

Panelists

  • Charles Max Wood

  • Brooks Forsyth

Sponsors

  • Sentry– use the code “devchat” for two months free on Sentry’s small plan

  • CacheFly

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"The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today!

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Charles Max Wood:

Brooks Forsyth:

Jan 07 2020

48mins

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Rank #5: 231 FS When to Move On (Chuck Leaving)

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00:30 Chuck leaving the show

1:18 Introducing the topic: Knowing when to move on

5:40 Leaving a successful podcast

15:11 Deciding when to move on

19:19 Being spread too thin versus being effective

22:54 Improving workflow

25:30 Chuck’s focus on online conferences

28:30 Overcoming resistance to change in business

30:05: Getting through lean times

33:22 Hiring help and outsourcing tasks

35:09 Future of DevChat.tv podcasts

Picks:

Selling to Big Companies by Jill Konrath (Reuven)

Soundbreaking on PBS (Philip)

This American Life: Quitting (Philip)

Philip Morgan - Retired page (Philip)

2017 Wall Calendar - Neuyear.net (Charles)

Amazon Echo Dot (Charles)

Hired.com

Dec 08 2016

47mins

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Rank #6: FS 309: The Essential Consultant Library

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Panel:

  • Reuven Lerner
  • Jonathan Stark

In this episode of the Freelancer’s Show, the panelist, Reuven and Jonathan discuss “The Essential Consultant Library,” or the books you should read for consulting, marketing and business. Jonathan and Reuven share the exact books that helped them in the current area of business. Rather it is consulting, marketing, or entrepreneurship, the Freelancers share their favorites and much more.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

Sponsors/Affilates

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Jonathan

Reuven Lerner

Aug 23 2018

50mins

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Rank #7: TFS 361: Moving in and out of Freelancing with Will Bunker

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JavaScript Remote Conf 2020

May 14th to 15th - register now!

This week's guest of The Freelancers' Show, Will Bunker has had a long career in programming and has moved several times between freelancing and full time work. We discuss how he finds clients, his strategy for getting referrals, and how he spots what the next 5-7 year wave of popular technology will be and how he prepares for it. We also discussed a non-niche approach to being a freelancer and what kind of person might enjoy that and how to be successful at it.

Panelists

  • Brooks Forsyth

  • Petra Manos

  • Joel Schaubert

Guest

  • Will Bunker

Sponsors

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"The MaxCoders Guide to Finding Your Dream Developer Job" by Charles Max Wood is now available on Amazon. Get Your Copy Today!

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Brooks Forsyth:

  • Salt Water Aquariums

Petra Manos:

Joel Schaubert:

Will Bunker:

Apr 07 2020

53mins

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Rank #8: 160 FS A Deep Dive on Positioning Yourself As a Specialist with Philip Morgan

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Get your Ruby Remote Conf tickets and check out the @rubyremoteconf Twitter feed for exciting updates about the conference.

02:09 - Philip Morgan Introduction

02:30 - Thinking About Positioning and Communicating What You Do

27:08 - Finding Target Markets

35:25 - Acquiring New Skills to Support a New Position

39:00 - Refining Your Positioning

  • Marketing, Publicity

56:07 - Positioning Exercise

Picks

Kurt Elster: Email Templates for Freelancers (Jonathan)
Expensive Problem: Market Research Cold Email Template (Jonathan)
Bryan Harris: How I Made $10,000 in 24-hours With My First Product (Case Study) (Reuven)
Jewish guide to visiting China by Reuven Lerner (Reuven)
Spark by Readdle (Eric)
AmazonSmile (Chuck)
Listen to other people’s views (Chuck)
Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind by Al Ries (Philip)
Rolls MS111 Mic Switch Latching or Momentary Microphone Mute Switch with Passes Phantom Power (Philip)
The Consulting Pipeline Podcast (Philip)

Jun 18 2015

1hr 17mins

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Rank #9: 149 FS When To Turn Down Work

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Freelancers' Answers -- Go here to submit questions for The Freelancers’ Live Q&A shows!

Check out RailsCasts on Kickstarter!!

02:19 - Lifestyle Choice and Changes

03:09 - Clients That Have Run Their Course

05:29 - Having More Work Than You Can Handle

12:40 - Non-Résumé Worthy Work

13:33 - Getting Bad Vibes From Potential Clients

21:44 - Transitioning to New Kinds of Work

  • Splitting Your Focus
  • Moving to Product Building

37:14 - Management

39:13 - Reopening Doors to Previous Offers

Picks

Carbon Copy Cloner (Reuven)
Vivis™ Knight V3 13000mAh Dual USB Portable Charger External Battery Pack (Jonathan)
Gin Gins® Spicy Apple Chewy Ginger Candy (Eric)
YouTube (Chuck)
FFmpeg (Chuck)
Ruby Remote Conf (Chuck)
Developer’s Box Club (Chuck)

Feb 26 2015

46mins

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Rank #10: FS 289: Freelancing Foibles

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Panel:

  • Reuven Lerner
  • Kai Davis

In this episode of the Freelancers’ Show, the panelists discuss common mistakes that they have made in their freelancing and consulting history to help you learn from their mistakes. They talk about mistakes when it comes to raising rates, hiring employees, having a home office or not, and much more and how you can avoid them in the future. They also stress the fact that communication is key when it comes to keeping a health client relationship.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on: 

  • Common foibles
  • When raising rates, make sure to give your clients some advanced notice
  • Want to make sure you don’t ruin your relationship with your client
  • Put yourself in the client’s shoes
  • How to properly raise your rates
  • Communication is key
  • Don’t get caught up in the illusion that you must hire other people to succeed
  • Don’t discount your ability to sell yourself
  • Only hire on an hourly basis not a full-time basis
  • Don’t be afraid to fire people if you have to in order to survive as a business
  • Hire people as sub-contractors
  • Having an office outside of the house pros and cons
  • Importance of having a separation of spaces in a home office
  • The importance of following up with past clients to see if they have new needs
  • Value-based follow-up
  • Always start with a contract!
  • You will be scammed by people in your career
  • And much, much more!

Picks:

Reuven

Kai

Mar 22 2018

46mins

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Rank #11: The Freelancers' Show 118 - Preparing For Freelancing: Finding a Niche

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The panelists continue their "Preparing For Freelancing" series and discuss finding a niche.

Jun 19 2014

54mins

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Rank #12: FS 293: Keeping Your Skills Sharp

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Panel:

  • Reuven
  • Jonathan Stark
  • Jeremy Green

In this episode of the Freelancer’s Show, Reuven and Jonathan discuss “Keeping Your Skill Shape,” with Jeremey Green. The panelist discuss ways to improve their game to keep ahead of the curb in freelancing. This is a great episode to learn the different avenues of sharpening your skill with technologies, applications, courses,  project, and literature to stay consistent with an ever-changing industry.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on:

  • Keeping your skill sharp
  • Doing a mix of things to stay ahead
  • Students and questions
  • Teaching, Education, and Training
  • Strategy to learn new things
  • Doing Side Project to keep ahead
  • Blog, Teach a Course, Write a book
  • If you know more about it then everyone else, you are the expert
  • Learning other technologies
  • Becoming specialized in a specific technology
  • Knowing how to finding information when you need it
  • Crafting the right Google query
  • Social Learning Theory
  • And much more!     

Picks:

Jonathan

Reuven

Jeremy Green

Apr 19 2018

56mins

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Rank #13: 148 FS How to Attract Clients Without Doing Sales with Jonathan Stark

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The panelists welcome back Jonathan Shank to talk about how to attract clients without doing sales.

Feb 19 2015

1hr 9mins

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Rank #14: FS 319: Building Your Better Freelance Business in 2019

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Sponsors

  • Sentry use the code “devchat” for 2 months free on Sentry small plan
  • CacheFly

Panelists:

  • Erik Dietrich
  • Jeremy Green
  • Kai Davis

Episode Summary:

In this episode of the Freelancers' Show, the panel talks about good practices and habits to build in freelance business in the year 2019. The panel gives examples of what they focused on while building their own freelance business and share how they approached areas such as self-care, financial planning and client acquisition goals in their business.

They discuss what strategies to follow during “feasting” cycle and “famine” cycle of business and share tips on how to save for retirement during each cycle. Listen to the show to find out more on which tools to use for bookkeeping and how to communicate with former clients for repeat business and much more!

Links:

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Erik Dietrich:

Jeremy Green:

Kai Davis:

Jan 24 2019

54mins

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Rank #15: FS 279: Outreach To Potential Clients 

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Panel:

Reuven Lerner

Kai Davis

Jonathan Stark

In this episode of the Freelancer’s Show, Kai, Reuven, and Jonathan discuss outreach to potential clients. Each of the freelancers talk about their strategy for outreach to acquire clients. The discussion covers the pain points of outreach, audience, target market, connecting online or other platforms, stimulating conversation, not coming off as a spammer and many other areas. This is a great episode to learn the best practice for market put reach and building business relationships.

In particular, we dive pretty deep on: 

  • Reaching out to locate Credit Unions
  • Online searching
  • Looking for Chief Marketing Manager
  • An online place to connect, email, etc.
  • Goals to not look sleazy
  • Building a leads list
  • Outreach via LinkedIn
  • The value you offer is it worth the time?
  • Market research
  • Looking into people who are already doing it
  • Qualification process
  • Personalize emails
  • Value proposition
  • Getting on their radar
  • How many people to connect before a response
  • How long before followup properly
  • And much more!

Picks:

Kai

Jonathan

Reuven

Jan 06 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #16: 234 FS Productized Services

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Introduction

  • Productized services
  • Definition

9:50: Copywriting

  • Understand the problem your service solves.
  • Pricing

15:30: Testing with productized service

19:30: Mobile Onboarding

28:30: Freelancers just starting out

38:10: Word of mouth

45:50: Downsides to productized services

  • Pricing
  • Start small
  • Low level of collaboration
  • Minimize risk
  • Give options

Picks:

Building the Perfect Sales Page (Jonathan)

Internet Archive Wayback Machine (Philip)

Examples of Productized Services:

https://draft.nu/revise/
http://websiterescues.com/
https://doubleyouraudience.com/pricing/outreach/
https://memberup.co/membership-roadmap/
http://sessions.superspicymedia.com/
http://uibreakfast.com/services/

hired.com/freelancershow

Dec 29 2016

1hr 11mins

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Rank #17: The Freelancers’ Show 079 – WordPress Plugins with Pippin Williamson

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Pippin Williamson (twitter github Pippins Plugins)
Curtis McHale (twitter github blog)
Eric Davis (twitter github blog)
Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Rails Ramp Up)

Discussion
01:28 - Pippin Williamson Introduction

Pippins Plugins
Easy Digital Downloads
Restrict Content Pro

01:53 - Making Money Making Plugins
Product Development
Custom Development

02:57 - GPLv2 Licensing
ThemeForest
Support
Disabling Features

11:45 - Building a business around open-source
Audience

12:48 - Transitioning from freelance to product work
Graduality
072 – Saying NO
Doing products during spare time
Brian Casel
The Bootstrapped Web Podcast

19:10 - Starting with products vs consulting
22:38 - Occasional Consulting
23:41 - Marketing Products
Personal Brand
Word-of-Mouth Referrals

25:42 - Customer Support
27:17 - Advice for people getting into commercial development
Go the extra mile for your first customers

28:01 - Deciding what products to build
Building what you need
Best Practices

31:30 - Pippin’s Plugins
CodeCanyon
Easy Digital Downloads

34:26 - Pippin’s Support Team
36:45 - Tools to Run the Business
Github
WordPress
Skype
WordPress-GitHub-Plugin-Updater
HALL
Ronin
Twitter

Picks

1Keyboard (Curtis)
Radium (Curtis)
Episode 148 | Online Marketing Trends with Special Guest Clay Collins (Eric)
The Online Marketing Makeover Training Course (Chuck)
Bloons Tower Defence 5 (Chuck)
SearchWP (Pippin)
FacetWP (Pippin)

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Transcript
[Hosting and bandwidth provided by the Blue Box Group. Check them out at bluebox.net.]

[You're fantastic at coding, but do you have an action plan to take it to the next level? The upcoming book, Next Level Freelance, will help you optimize your freelance business for happiness. The book is packed with actionable steps to make more money, case studies, tips to find more clients, and exercises for you to establish your desired lifestyle. Extras include: 9 interviews with freelancers who make great money while enjoying great work-life balance, videos on strategies to find quality subcontractors, and videos on making more free time by outsourcing your daily tasks. Check it out today at nextlevelfreelance.com!]

[This episode is sponsored by Planscope. Planscope is a project management and collaboration net built for freelancers in the way they work with clients. It makes it easy to price out new estimates and once you’re underway and help answer the question, these get done on time and under budget. I’ve been using Planscope to do my estimates and manage my projects and I really, really like it. It makes it really easy to keep things in order, and understand when things will get done. You can go check it out at Planscope.io.]

CHUCK: Hey everybody and welcome to Episode 79 of The Freelancers' Show! This week on our panel, we have Curtis McHale.

CURTIS: Hello!

CHUCK: Eric Davis.

ERIC: Hi!

CHUCK: I’m Charles Max Wood from DevChat.tv. We also have a special guest, and that is Pippin Williamson.

PIPPIN: Hi everybody!

CHUCK: Since you haven’t been on the show before, do you want to introduce yourself?

PIPPIN: Sure! As he said, my name is Pippin Williamson. I’m a WordPress plugin developer. I spend my days writing plugins, supporting plugins, and generally running a business around commercial plugins. I have a couple of large plugins out there. One called “Easy Digital Downloads” and another one called “Restrict Content Pro” that I’ve considered my main ones. That’s pretty much what I do day-to-day.

CHUCK: I’m a little curious, generally, when you’re making money writing plugins for WordPress, are you writing the kind that people pay for and then they download the code and stick it in the WordPress installation? Or, are you doing custom development for people? Or, both? How does that work?

Sep 19 2013

45mins

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Rank #18: The Freelancers Show 088 - Blogging with Leslie Samuel

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The Freelancers interview Leslie Samuel of the Become A Blogger Blog and The Learning With Leslie Podcast.

Nov 21 2013

48mins

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Rank #19: 134 FS Finding Your Confidence as a Small Agency/Freelancer with Travis Northcutt

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The panelists talk to Travis Northcutt about finding your confidence as a small agency and/or freelancer.

Oct 23 2014

40mins

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Rank #20: The Freelancers’ Show 076 – Writing Books

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Ashe Dryden (twitter github blog)
Reuven Lerner (twitter github blog)
Curtis McHale (twitter github blog)
Eric Davis (twitter github blog)
Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Rails Ramp Up)

Discussion
04:12 - The Writing Process

Outlines
X number words per day goal

07:59 - Picking and Pulling Relevant Information
Make a blog post

09:30 - Getting Feedback
Hiring an Editor
Crowdsourcing

13:20 - Cover Art
17:35 - Tool Chain
Markdown
LeanPub
Scrivener
InDesign
Kitabu

22:55 - Panelist Books
Don't Be An Idiot: Learn how to run a viable business by Curtis McHale
Becoming a WordPress Development Professional by Curtis McHale
The Diverse Team by Ashe Dryden
The Freelancer's Guide To Long-Term Contracts by Eric Davis
Core Perl by Reuven Lerner

24:27 - Gauging Crowd Interest
25:29 - Technical Reviews
26:04 - Marketing Books
Mailing Lists
Nathan Barry: How To Launch Anything
Authority by Nathan Barry

27:32 - Launch Pages
Eric's Launch Page

28:26 - LeanPub
29:17 - Content for Email Subscribers
Aweber
MailChimp
Constant Contact

35:20 - Making Money
39:59 - Twitter Accounts for Books
40:25 - Why LeanPub?
45:26 - Competition
47:22 - How much money should you expect to make off of writing a book?
Indiegogo

Picks

Cory Miller's eBooks (Curtis)
Mophie Juicepak Air (Curtis)
Kitabu (Eric)
The Noun Project (Eric)
Bullet Journal (Eric)
1Password (Reuven)
Modeling Commons (Reuven)
Writing to authors you like (Reuven)
RubyWarrior (Ashe)
The Internet Wishlist (Ashe)
Urbanears: Medis Black (Ashe)
4 Pics 1 Song (Chuck)
Pluralsight (Chuck)
PeepCode Play by Play: Katrina Owen (Chuck)

Book Club
Book Yourself Solid with Michael Port! He will join us for an episode to discuss the book on September 24th. The episode will air on October 3rd.
Next Week
Recurring Revenue for Freelancers with Brennan Dunn
Transcript
REUVEN: So the secret to finishing a dissertation after 10 years is ignoring family and work!

ASHE: [Laughs]

CHUCK: Oh, is that all?
[Hosting and bandwidth provided by the Blue Box Group. Check them out at bluebox.net.]

[You're fantastic at coding, but do you have an action plan to take it to the next level? The upcoming book, Next Level Freelance, will help you optimize your freelance business for happiness. The book is packed with actionable steps to make more money, case studies, tips to find more clients, and exercises for you to establish your desired lifestyle. Extras include: 9 interviews with freelancers who make great money while enjoying great work-life balance, videos on strategies to find quality subcontractors, and videos on making more free time by outsourcing your daily tasks. Check it out today at nextlevelfreelance.com!]

CHUCK: Hey everybody and welcome to Episode 76 of The Freelancers' Show! This week on our panel, we have Ashe Dryden.

ASHE: Hi everyone!

CHUCK: Reuven Lerner.

REUVEN: Hello!

CHUCK: Curtis McHale.

CURTIS: Good day!

CHUCK: Eric Davis.

ERIC: Hello!

CHUCK: And I’m Charles Max Wood from DevChat.tv. This week, we’re going to be talking about “Ebooks”, and if we have time, we’re going to talk about Launching and Marketing them. I think I’ve listened to a few other authors. From what I understand, writing the book is 10% of the work, and then marketing, it is the other 90%.

CURTIS: I thought it was 5% of the work, but okay!

CHUCK: Okay.

ERIC: I’ve heard 4.8, too.

[Laughter]

CURTIS: Eric’s probably right, actually.

REUVEN: Take it from the accounting guy.

CHUCK: Yup. Eric, you just launched your book, didn’t you?

ERIC: Yeah. Last Wednesday, I launched – I guess it’d be 2 weeks ago when this comes out, but yeah.

CHUCK: And Curtis, you will have launched by the time we launched the podcast? Or, pretty close?

CURTIS: As we’re recording, I guess it will be next week,

Aug 29 2013

58mins

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