Welcome to the very first episode of DeveloperToMillionaire! This episode is a way for me to introduce myself to the world of podcasting. Here’s some cool things to know about how this podcast was made:
- I did the intro myself (but hired someone to do the voice professional sounding voice)
- I rap at the end (because I love music)
- I recorded using a mac and Logic Pro.
- Did all the editing myself.
I’m super excited to launch this and I hope you enjoy it.
- I talk a little about my background and company.
- Learn how I made 60k my first year with a side business.
- Why I started to slow down.
- The best way I found to run my business.
- Detailed explanation on why I left the Genesis Community.
Disclaimer: I recorded the first couple of episodes in 2015, so if you hear me reference any dates, keep in mind that this was recorded in 2015.
About the AuthorWhat's UP! This is my site, I write 99% of the articles on here. I'm also the owner of SureFireWebServices.com. I help out a lot of developers and designers getting into the web game. Helping is fun for me, so feel free to ask me any questions! I've made courses and have a membership as well to help get you on your feet!
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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.
There is an overlook in certain circumstances since the web world is SO big, but I personally think the flag gets drawn when a niche business see’s the same niche on someone their trying to hire.
As an example, one of my businesses is a web maintenance service. Now if someone who is trying to work for me ALSO has a web maintenance service, that’s not good. Granted, all intention may be well, but until we get to know each other, you’re technically in direct competition with me and now have access to my clients.Post Views: 501
By Jonathan Perez — 1 year ago
Does he even need an introduction?
I’m going to do one anyway. This episode is all about growth with Lee Jackson!
I met Lee about a year ago when he first launched his podcast. We did a great interview and you can check that out here!
Lee is no stranger to growing businesses. He started with a small event agency which he helped grow substantially in a few years.
He later moved on to his own agency Lee Jackson Dev, which is on a continual pace to grow!
From a freelancer to a full-blown agency, Lee isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
We chatted about growth strategy, a few do’s and don’ts, and had an overall great conversation.
Lee runs a white label development studio for design agencies and is a truly genuine person and I was honored to have him on my podcast.
NOTE: This episode had a few technical difficulties, but we made it through.
Enjoy the show!
I called Lee the Angled King because his new branding will be called Angled Crown. 🙂Post Views: 701
By Jonathan Perez — 2 years ago
Seriously? Do you have any idea? You mite. But I’m willing to bet that you don’t. You’ve been doing the same thing for so long, that whatever you do, just makes sense in your head. It may work, it may not, but to you, it makes sense.
I have no idea what I’m doing. At least I didn’t. It took me a very long time, in fact, for one of my businesses, I’m still figuring it out. That business is SureFireWebServices.com. I mean on the front, I think it’s pretty obvious. The site is a blog, and we do development and design for clients, and we sell courses. Do you see where the “I have no clue what I’m doing” falls in?
When you have one focal point on a site, it’s much easier to market and much more effective. For example, wpcurve.com, they only do WP maintenance. OptinMonster only has one plugin to focus on. WPMU Dev – WP Themes and plugins. And the list can go on.
What about us WebPreneurs? WTF Are we doing!? We sell our services. Notice the plural. We do so many things that it’s hard to pin point what’s going to make you stand out or what exactly your going to market.
What about your email list? Why are you building one? Did you even put a strategy in place? Are you planning on eventually selling your services?
My whole point is it’s time to start thinking about WHY we do things as oppose to just doing them. Yes, on occasion, just doing works. But I believe that the ‘just doing’ and having a plan is the difference between a few extra 0’s in the bank.
There are a ton of us that just do. I was definitely one of them and to this day, I will still say that I am. Planning takes time and when you don’t have the time, you tend to just do.
However there’s a mind shift that’s taking place. Pause for a second, and ask yourself, what’s the point.
Using SureFire as an example. I took a look at the business, which I’ve changed 100 times over (exaggerating), and I asked myself, what am I doing.
Why am I still offering a service that will eat up my time?
Why am I continuing to try and get new customers and build new relationships for projects that are undervalued by my lifestyle? Meaning, taking on a $5,000 project but having it last 2 months, which breaks down to only $2,500 a month, which no where near covers my expenses, but still adds all the stress of managing that project.
How many projects do I need to take on in order to live how I want?
Why am I building an email list with no direct strategy in place to sell something?
What am I selling?
Do I expect people to just read the content and that’s it? Do I want my users to take action? Can I expect my customers to hire me after just seeing a few emails? Do I want my users to hire me for service work, or do I want them to buy something?
All of these questions. I have a few answers, mainly money and comfort, but what’s the real reward.
Don’t get me wrong. Some people love this stuff. Some people would rather code for hours and collect a check. That’s cool if that’s what you like. Personally, I’m kind of done with that. I’ve been doing it for 10+ years, and was stuck in the same spot for quite some time.
Once I shifted my thinking, that’s when things started to fall into place and make more sense. That’s where I’m at right now. Coming to a realization that there’s a lot more out there then just trading in time for money in more than just the hourly sense.
There are people out there that are making a TON of money, and can barely use WordPress. As a developer, how many 100k jobs can you take on by your self?
Take a look at David Siteman Garland. He’s the course guy. All his marketing, all his emails, etc., they all have that one thing in common. Amy Porterfield, she’s the FaceBook chick. That’s where all her emails are marketed to.
So the next time you feel annoyed, burnt out, or just wondering if there’s something else that’s out there. Just know that there is and it’s waiting to be discovered. You have the potential to find your passion and make a ton of money doing it.
I made this cheat sheet for you so the next time you go to write your next post, or tweet your next tweet, or even get a new project, ask yourself, why?
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