Blog Entries

Break Out of Your Routine – Get Uncomfortable

Feet on ledge

You know when you get home from a long day, and you just want to get in your comfy pants or shorts and flop on the couch. That’s getting comfortable. Sitting on that comfy couch in my stretchy pants for even ten minutes takes my brain to mush mode. Put a TV remote in my hand and I’ll be set for hours in a mindless gaze. And a beer … and well, I’ll be good all weekend.

We need to do the opposite in our daily routine. We need to push to feel constantly challenged and even agitated, in a sense, to cause change, to drive our brains to think. We need to stay uncomfortable so that we’re always looking for options, angles, and answers.

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Understanding Your Effective Billable Rate

Busy Workers

Every day, as a freelancer, the math should feel pretty simple, right? Profit is a function of effort. The more you work, the more profit you should have. And while this simplistic approach makes sense, it never plays out exactly like that, right?

I’m not going to talk about pricing. I’m not going to address your overhead tasks.

Instead, what I want to talk about are three factors that will help you track and manage your profits.

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Website Legal Stuff


Getting your head around website legal documents as a WordPress consultant is a pain in the butt. Personally I’d rather skewer my eyeballs out with bamboo shoots.

Thankfully, I don’t have to do that because my good friend Jeanette Jifkins is a lawyer, loves WordPress and is here to help.

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Its Time for Some Business Housekeeping

Business Housekeeping

‘Tis the season to get your house in order. If you’re hosting relatives for the holiday season, you quite literally need to get your house in order, but that’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about your business. As we enter the final weeks of the year, it’s a great time to evaluate where you are in your business and start making plans for the new year.

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Benefit from Being Honest With Your Clients

Benefit from Being Honest with Your Clients

Do Your Clients (and Yourself) the Favor of Being Honest With Them

I have caught myself in this position too many times.

A client asks for something or requests changes and instead of telling them why I think they shouldn’t do that or why something should stay the way it is, I go along with their decision. After all, they are the client, right?

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4 Ways To Build Recurring Revenue As A WordPress Freelancer

4 Ways To Build Recurring Revenue As A WordPress Freelancer

As a freelancer, you have little consistency and security in how much you will get paid each month.

In a typical 9-5 job, you receive either a salary or an hourly wage, which allows you to plan your personal and business expenses accordingly.

But as a freelancer, working one-off jobs, you never know exactly how much you will receive each month. Some months, you will have less work than normal. Other months, there will be much more. Also, even after completing your job, some clients will pay late or, sadly, not pay at all.

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The Disconnect Between a WordPress Install and Developed Solutions


WordPress has gained tremendous popularity over the past 5-6 years since WordPress 3.0 introduced custom post types and the ability to easily add new consistent data structures for your application. Some site builders using other CMS or frameworks back then gave it a try, and some of them joined the large community of people offering web solutions online.

The other alternatives had various quirks and limitations and it was close to impossible to provide a complete web solution without skills. Joomla was the most mature option with the lowest learning curve, but it lacked certain features and had some cumbersome options that required various customizations even for fairly straight-forward solutions. Since that hasn’t changed too much lately, they own less than 3% of the web market while WordPress is close to 25% of the same market.

How well do you know the internals of WordPress and the themes and plugins that you use? @no_fear_inc

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3 Short Reads that Changed the Way I Do Business

3 Short Reads that Changed the Way I Do Business

I’m not much of a reader, so your book title better grab my attention and you better be able to take me through the journey of the pages in a concise manner – meaning keep it short.  But now and then I find a find that impacts me so much I make changes to the fundamental ways that my business runs.  Here are three such books that I’d recommend you put on your list of must-reads.

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