September 26, 2015 — Freelancing, on the face of it is an exciting idea. Being your own boss, being the manager of your own time, working from home and basically working for yourself can be incredibly rewarding.
It can also, however be terrifying. Instead of just being a writer, or a designer, or a developer you now also have to be a bookkeeper, accountant and all round office dogsbody/tea-maker.
In this talk,those who are already freelancing will be able to check off whether they’re making the most of their time and resources, and beginners will learn how to set themselves up for success.
September 25, 2015 — There is so much information put out there about growing a business, about SEO or marketing in general. One area that doesn’t get much love is customer service. So you can get the clients in the door, you want to do a great job but at the end of the day you’re stressed out. In this talk, I want to discuss ways to provide an excellent customer service experience while keeping you sane and your bills paid.
How to manage expectations of clients to benefit you and your client
How to organize yourself to complete projects on time
How to chose your clients for a good working relationship
September 23, 2015 — Finding success as a professional freelancer can be a difficult and challenging journey! You have to know the right stuff and have the proper skills in order to survive in the freelancing economy.
James Dalman will share seven key strategies so that you’ll be better equipped to survive – and thrive – in your own freelancing career or business. All the lessons are based on his 27 years experience as a professional freelancer and are applicable no matter where you are at in your journey.
Eating crickets during this session is optional.
September 19, 2015 — You never discuss rates with a plumber. You never try to pay them in visibility. You would never let your 13 years old cousin fix your leaking pipes. But your clients do that all the times with you. My presentation analyses why this happens and how a WordPress consultant can become a better marketer, more professional, more profitable.
It will be the natural evolution of my last year’s presentation about elements of growth. The presentation targets all the WordPress Freelance who are in the professional market.
August 5, 2015 — You’re the expert, that’s why they hired you. Let’s talk about how to handle ridiculous client requests, exercising your expertise, the importance of keeping the admin interface simple, how to avoid common pitfalls when working with clients, and how to handle your hourly rates.
August 5, 2015 — This talk is my personal story of how I rebuilt my life with a freelance WordPress career. In June 2011 after battling a crippling drug addiction most of my adult life, I was out of options. I stumbled into WordPress by accident and realized that it represented an opportunity to rebuild a name for myself and a business. I found in WordPress something that combined what I was good at with something that I enjoyed and got paid to do. For the first time in my life, I felt like I was delivering something of value to others, and I loved teaching people how to use a platform that gave them a voice.
This talk is the story of how battled my inner demons, fell in love with WordPress, built my business, and became involved in the WordPress community, both online and in person.
I cover how to quickly build technical skills, how to find mentors, how to become involved in the WordPress community, and how to keep moving forward without looking back. I talk about my inspiration for my WordPress educational business and organizing the first WordCamp in Connecticut. My hope is to inspire freelancers and anyone looking at WordPress as a career choice and a life choice, a platform that has introduced me to so many amazing people and allowed me to create a life only a few years ago I could have hardly dreamed.
July 8, 2015 — This talk addresses common contractual provisions relevant to web professionals, such as provisions related to indemnification, intellectual property, moral rights, and venue. Learn best practices for understanding common contractual provisions in contracts for web professionals, as well as negotiating them. From novices to veterans, this talk touchs on business and legal issues that are important to web professionals of all levels.
July 7, 2015 — Everyone’s goals are different. Maybe you want bigger, better clients. Maybe we want a new job or a promotion. Maybe you want to work less and focus more on traveling, family, or your hobbies and interests. Aaron walks through his experience building and leveraging his reputation in the WordPress community to do all these things, and shows how you can, too.
June 7, 2015 — Marketing yourself or your business can be really scary when you’re an introvert who is more comfortable in front of a computer than in front of real people.
There are a lot of introverted folks in the WordPress community looking for freelance jobs, employment, or quality contractors to hire, yet many of us feel scared, directionless, isolated, overwhelmed, and hungry for work.
I share my experience growing from a timid one-person freelance shop to a more confident team of nine great people, including practical tactics for in-person networking, working with freelancers, finding the right fit, and community participation.
June 1, 2015 — This talk looks at the options of being a sole trader or limited company, being VAT registered or not. It assesses just how much time you will really be doing billable work and what time you’ll need to spend on sales, marketing and admin. Will cover how to get to grips with your costs and how to calculate your minimum hourly rate.