Today’s episode is all about productivity.
This whole life-work balance thing is pretty tough, so how do you focus on what REALLY needs to get done.
To be honest, finding ‘things to do’ is incredibly easy. But finding the right things to do is where it gets tough.
What is going to bring us the most satisfaction? What’s going to make us feel accomplished?
It could be something that’s billable, but maybe it’s not.
I explore all of this and more in this episode of Developer To Millionaire.
I recently picked up a book called the Productivity Planner, and I love it!
It goes around my entire mantra of doing one thing a day! Especially if you work full time and are trying to build a side hustle, this mindset can actually shift the way you think about doing your work.
What’s in this episode?
- My mind and how overwhelming it gets when I don’t write things down.
- My old schedule compared to my new one.
- Transitions in business and what to expect and prepare for.
- The Pomodoro technique, what it is and how to use it
- Things that you can do to be more productive
Song at the end
I went a little acoustic on this one – Ben Harper – Walk Away
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In this episode, I speak with Carrie Dils. Carrie is such a sweet heart and speaking with her was such a pleasure. She’s a developer primarily in the Genesis Framework and is currently working at Crowd Favorite. When she’s not knee deep in code, she’s doing an awesome live video podcast called OfficeHours! Used to be called Genesis Office hours, but times have changed and it’s amazing how Carrie has grown in her career.
In this episode, there’s a ton to take away. This was recorded last year when Carrie was in the middle of a transition with her career. She drops some knowledge bombs about freelancers, finding the right audience, and so much more.
I like the fact that this interview is a year old because you can here a lot of what she was doing compared to what she’s doing now, which is a pretty incredible transition. Applying the right steps, talking to the right people, and networking in general really pays off.
- Are you calling yourself a freelancer?
- Leverage your Network
- Leverage your audience! – This was one of my favorites.
- Importance of Accessibility in Web Development
- What is mobile first?
- We get into Dev Talk, tips for all you devs listening 🙂
Carrie also goes over her top 5 favorite plugins, a must use for all developers!
OfficeHours.fm – Carries Podcast
CarrieDils.com – Her Main Site
Utility Theme – Her Starter Genesis Theme
Stream – There’s another one too that I was going to sign up for and totally forgot what it was called.
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By Jonathan Perez — 8 months ago
What up Everyone!! Here with another episode of Developer To Millionaire! The throwback episodes are OVER and we’re starting a new.
The format is going to be more conversational and I’ll be doing a lot more solo episodes moving forward as well.
In this episode…
I’m having a great conversation with Kim Doyal, the WP Chick. We speak quite often and we’re both going through a few transitions in our business. This is a common theme amongst entrepreneurs and it’s always hard to do but becomes an essential part of growth.
We speak about dealing with clients, figuring out when to transition and so much more!
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By Jonathan Perez — 2 years ago
I recently posted on another site that I was looking for help with my business (and by recently, I mean last year). I got a lot of replies and looking at all of them gave me a very unique perspective that you only get when you’re on the other side.
By other side I mean the side where you’re not looking for work, but your looking to get work done. The interviewer and not the interviewee. Being an employee most of my life, this is not a perspective that comes by too often, but having a growing business it’s interesting to see why certain people would be selected and others wouldn’t.
Here are a few tips of having someone actually look over your submission as oppose to putting you in the “no way” pile.
1. If they ask you a question, answer it.
When someone is looking to hire you, they know what their looking for. When you avoid answering a question directly it sends out two flags. The first flag is lazy and not caring, the second flag is uncertainty.
Here’s an example: How much do you want to get paid?
Simple right. I just want to know how much you want. Don’t reply by saying, “I don’t know” or “Totally up to you”. Just answer the question.
2. Don’t make the interview do more work.
Similar to the first tip, but in this regard, a user may say something like “To answer your question, go to this link”. That’s not acceptable. The question was asked, just answer it. By making the interviewer have to click your link, browse around or read a post or something like that, it’s a nuisance. Be precise, and take the time out to answer the question thoroughly.
3. Read the description and make sure you understand it.
Sometimes people are so anxious to apply that they don’t know what they’re applying for. The employer took the time out to write a description of what is needed and what is not. Don’t reply with answers that are clearly on the ‘not’ column. It just shows you skimmed the content and didn’t read.
4. Don’t get crazy with your rates.
I always quote fixed prices, but when it comes to hiring, I like to know hourly rates of freelancers. This may be a personal decision, but it’s the way in which my projects are delivered that I do this. In any case, don’t be outrageous with your hourly rates.
If you had a job and you’re not experienced, you’d probably make about 15hr – 20/hr. If you are experienced and are considered a professional, you can start pushing towards $40, $50, and even $60. A full time employee that makes $100k a year makes about $48/hour at 40 hours a week. Now $100k is a pretty damn good salary. I definitely understand as freelancers, we’re not doing 40 hours of straight work, so of course higher price tags will occur. However, if you’re experience is a 6 or 7 for the required position and you’re asking for $75 – $100 an hour, that’s a flag.
As an employer, I would pay 100/hr to someone, but if I do, I would need to know that there’s no 3 hour billed time of trying to figure something out. At the higher rates, you need to know your stuff and know it well.
5. It always helps to know who you are going to work for.
Do a little research. Read a post or two. See what the company is about. Make sure it’s a good fit for you and that you’re not going to regret the decision later or waste the employers time. This also helps in conversation. If you know a little bit about the person/company, you’ll tend to be a better fit. It’ll also make you look more appealing to the person whose going over your responses.
6. Don’t compete with the person/company hiring you.
As a freelancer looking for web work, I definitely understand how this can be hard. The key here is if you’re a freelancer, you should advertise as a freelancer.
In a lot of cases a freelancer will promote themselves as a business, or a web agency or something similar. The hard part is when someone is looking to hire you for THEIR web agency it can look like all your doing is leveraging an opportunity for yourself. There’s nothing wrong with doing that, but it will raise a flag.
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