I know for some of you the idea of change thrills you, you thrive on it, you can’t wait to see what the change does in you and for you – in some ways, that’s me… I tend to find myself itchy for big change every 3 years or so, change of job, change of scene.. I get frustrated with stasis…. However, for what I suspect is the majority of us… the prospect of change can be upsetting, challenging and can even leave us feeling fearful and anxious.
In one of our recent WordPress Melbourne meetups the theme for the evening was Imposter Syndrome.
You know what I mean by that, right? That nagging feeling that you’re just not quite up to scratch. It’s the feeling that holds you back from putting yourself out there for bigger, better challenges. It will cripple you as you compare yourself to others.
A week later I’m finally posting my slides from my WordCamp Brisbane 2015 talk “How to Freelance like a BOSS” where a a fantastic group of interested freelancers listened attentively and quizzed me mercilessy about my simple tips to begin having a better freelance business. It was a great experience sharing my journey, and an equally great one hearing from everyone else about theirs.
One of the things that happened this last year was that I had a number of interesting conversations with a client seeking a quote who had been navigating the process of choosing a developer for their simple business website.
I was one of three people up for the job.
I had the absolute pleasure of addressing the Australian WordPress Community when delivering the keynote address at WordCamp Sydney 2014 this morning. I’ve uploaded the slideshow for you and provided a transcript of the talk if you’re interested.
This is a bit of an unusual post, it isn’t a tutorial, it’s a ‘request for comment’ well, a request for a little bit of help actually…
I’m heading to WordCamp Sydney at the end of September with an idea for a conversation about the unsung heroes of WordPress in Australia… I’m keen to find out just who those people are and spend a little bit of time introducing some of the awesome things that people are doing in our WordPress community…
There are some times when being in business for yourself is kind of a drag.
Don’t get me wrong, I love what I’m doing, I love the technical aspects of all the code tweaking and messing about with making pretty designs work as amazing, functional websites. I love the freedom that’s inherent with freelance… That’s the cool stuff.
The business side of being in business? For me? Less fun. Less free.
I had the privilege of addressing the audience at WordCamp Welly 2014 this weekend where I shared my journey to becoming a professional WordPress front end developer and passed on some of the ideas I have about what skills and tools you need to go from someone who tinkers about with their site to someone who’s turning out great websites with professional standards.
For the record, I don’t think that this is the only way to get on that road, this is basically my story and how I’ve got to where I am, working full time as a freelancer, working exclusively doing website development on WordPress.
Part two of a the tutorial that runs through the process of making my Gravity Forms contact form collect a lot more data than just contact details, and then to share it with some of the business tools I’m using to manage client contacts and projects. In this, part two we look at how to connect the Gravity Forms data from WordPress with Zoho CRM (client relationship manager) and Asana (project management tool).
Late last year I was approached by a designer who needed development done of an adventure travel site. The company had been taken over by a new owner and they were keen to get the site updated, particularly as the office was about to move and they wanted to release the new site to coincide with updating everyone with the new address.