December 17, 2015 — As a content writer who has collaborated with various web agencies on a freelance basis, I’ve experienced some issues that have made my role harder than it should be and problematic for the client. I’d like to talk about how web agencies can work with content writers more efficiently to assist with speedier projects and happier clients. In my talk, I would like to cover these main areas: attitudes towards content writing / content writers, communication and the systems to put in place to aid it positively and how your client and content writer can work together to assist a successful project.
December 7, 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 how a WordPress consultant can become a better marketer, a better professional, and more profitable leveraging what plumbers do every day.
November 22, 2015 — In this session we explore different professional skill sets that are utilized by freelancers, small agencies and large WordPress companies. With an emphasis on investing in the community at large, we will cover how to network your way to the top! (Or, at least …. how to grow your career in WordPress!)
November 21, 2015 — Are you a WordPress freelancer who’s not quite living the dream you had in mind when you started? Are you working long hours making small sites for too little money? In the past year, I’ve studied with some of the most successful entrepreneurs both in and out of the WordPress ecosystem. I’ll share the cliff notes on everything I’ve learned that can help you transform your business and start doing higher value work for better clients to build the life you want. Come learn how to get off the freelance roller coaster by giving your customers what they need instead of just what they’re asking for.
November 17, 2015 — Moonlighting is having a second job in addition to one’s regular employment. It our case our second job will be a WordPress freelance business. This presentation will discuss how to start or maintain creating WordPress sites for clients by customizing WordPress themes while keeping your full-time job.
November 3, 2015 — When I left my day job, I thought to myself “I’ll have so much more time when I’m full time working on my own business!” But that wasn’t the case. With clients knocking at my door and trying to grow the business, there were a slew of things I wish I had done before I left my steady paycheck to make the transition easier. I’ve gathered my top 10 things to work on before you quit your job to follow your design or development solo career.
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.