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Less Than You Think

Less Than You Think

When pondering a new decision we overinflate what's needed to make it. In an attempt to protect us from the unknown our internal monologue prevents progress.

Run The Show

Run The Show

I'm excited to announce the launch of my headless WordPress company, Run The Show. You may have seen this coming.

Upside Identification

Upside Identification

My career is in full transition for the first time in 11 years. There’s a weight off my shoulders having written that. For the last 11 years, I’ve had a…

Marketing For Freelancers

Marketing For Freelancers

Everything I've learned about marketing in 11 years of freelancing. The article about the Twitter thread.

The Restaurant With A Queue

The Restaurant With A Queue

Decisions are made on the stories we fabricate. And the direction of our story is influenced.

2020 - A Year In Review

2020 - A Year In Review

I’m glad I started this habit. Looking back on 2019’s year in review has been both interesting and reassuring. I can identify growth in my thinking and have…

Betting With Time

Betting With Time

I realised control over my time the day I graduated from University in Sheffield, UK, 2009. Or so I thought. “I can’t work for a boss” was my only criterion…

Pricing Freelance Projects

Pricing Freelance Projects

Everything I've learned about pricing freelance projects in 11 years of doing it. The article about the Twitter thread.

Communication Crowd Control

Communication Crowd Control

How to improve your everyday efficiency by setting boundaries and managing expectations.

How to Start a Shopify Side Business and Sell It for 5 Figures

How to Start a Shopify Side Business and Sell It for 5 Figures

Since I can remember, I’ve always had an interest in business. From selling mobile phones in college, to running my own WordPress consultancy for the last 1…

Why Freelancers Should Be Scared Of Whale Clients

Why Freelancers Should Be Scared Of Whale Clients

I wrote a tweet recently that gained some attention: Additional points were raised in the ensuing discussion and further explanation was requested, so here’s a…

Introducing My Mentorship Programme For Freelancers

Introducing My Mentorship Programme For Freelancers

You may have read in my last article, 2019 - A Year In Review, that I was preparing the launch of my freelancing mentorship programme. The good news is, I’ve…

2019 - A Year In Review

2019 - A Year In Review

I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve sat down to write a yearly review. I’ve got a chunk of time and felt compelled, so here we are. This will be both a…

9 Ways To De-Stress Business Travel For Work From Home Freelancers

9 Ways To De-Stress Business Travel For Work From Home Freelancers

Introduction Depending on the type of person you are, travelling in general can heighten your anxiety levels. Even if it’s for leisure purposes. When you’re…

Find A Mentor To Get Ahead

Find A Mentor To Get Ahead

People learn in different ways. Some of us learn by doing, some of us learn by studying and some of us learn best from others. Some of us utilise a combination…

10 Years Remote

10 Years Remote

A colleague and friend of mine posted a link to Viktor Petersson’s reflections on a decade of remote work in Slack. As an advocate of remote working and digital…

Save Time By Qualifying Your Freelance Leads Early

Save Time By Qualifying Your Freelance Leads Early

There’s nothing worse than being multiple emails deep with a prospect, then realising they have a £100 budget for a £10,000 project. Well, perhaps if you’ve…

Freelancing Interview with Gaya Kessler

Freelancing Interview with Gaya Kessler

Gaya and I have worked closely together during the last 8 months for a mutual client. He’s taught me a lot and I’m thankful for our friendship. Chatting most…

Freelancing Interview with Suganthan Mohanadasan

Freelancing Interview with Suganthan Mohanadasan

Introduction As a remote freelancer, watercooler chats with colleagues are few and far between. In the interest of getting to know my peers a little better, I’m…

5 Ways Accomplished Freelancers Take Breaks

5 Ways Accomplished Freelancers Take Breaks

We all need time off from work. As a freelancer, contractor and/or business owner; taking a proper break can be easier said than done. I try to spend at least a…

Why You Should Step Out of Your Technical Comfort Zone

Why You Should Step Out of Your Technical Comfort Zone

An opportunity recently presented itself that would take me out of my technical comfort zone. As a web developer, I’m generally used to keeping on top of my…

The Importance of Sleep Routine When Working From Home

The Importance of Sleep Routine When Working From Home

I’ve struggled to maintain a regular sleep pattern for most of my life. In my younger years, I would often game until 01:00-02:00 on weekdays and 03:00-04:00 on…

How Successful Freelancers Retain Clients and Earn Repeat Business

How Successful Freelancers Retain Clients and Earn Repeat Business

As in most fields, customers you’re already in contact with, have seen what you can do and are happy with your product or service; are more likely to become…

Bad Habits You Should Break to Grow Your Freelance Business

Bad Habits You Should Break to Grow Your Freelance Business

We’ve all got our vices and it’s super easy to form bad habits when you’re your own boss. As freelancers, we often work alone for long periods. Freelancers are…

5 Steps to Becoming a Better Remote Worker

5 Steps to Becoming a Better Remote Worker

We’re all looking to better ourselves and become more successful. I’ve found that being proactive in my career development has given me an edge over the years…

5 Business Questions Every New Freelancer Should Ask

5 Business Questions Every New Freelancer Should Ask

I recently received an email from a close friend of mine asking for advice on how to set up a freelance business. My friend had been working as a graphic…

How to Start Freelancing From Home When You Have No Clients

How to Start Freelancing From Home When You Have No Clients

How can I start freelancing from home when I have no clients? A question that ran through my mind when struggling to find a permanent developer’s job back in…

Flexible Freelancing

Flexible Freelancing

I’ve found freelancing to be unpredictable at times; you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth and be flexible in a number of scenarios. Here are the lessons…

Next/Previous Post Links in Same Top Level Category

Next/Previous Post Links in Same Top Level Category

In WordPress it’s often desirable to restrict pagination to posts within the current posts’ category (or custom taxonomy); usually because of particular…

Freelancers: Remember, It’s All Work

Freelancers: Remember, It’s All Work

This is a short but sweet lesson I’ve learned during my time freelancing. The reason behind posting this now is that I’m going through a two week patch with my…

Add Custom PHP Code to Visual Composer Pages

Add Custom PHP Code to Visual Composer Pages

I recently encountered a WordPress project where I needed to add some specific PHP code to a certain part of a page template. Obviously this is relatively…

FreeAgent: Accountancy Software For Freelancers

FreeAgent: Accountancy Software For Freelancers

When I first started my remote development business I had little grasp of what was not only good bookkeeping practice, but what was legally required for me to…

I’ve Never Been to a Web Conference

I’ve Never Been to a Web Conference

Whether it be development based, design focused or an area that I specialise in such as WordPress, I’ve never had the urge to attend a web conference. Being a…

How to Get Your First Remote Development Job

How to Get Your First Remote Development Job

So you’re starting out as a freelance web developer and you’re ready to take on your first client. Now what? Here’s how I landed my first remote coding job, off…