Andy Adams released a book for aspiring WordPress freelancers. It’s meant to take a lot of the guesswork and the roadblocks that many folks often hit when making the decision to fly solo and rely on WordPress development for a stable source of work and income.
Aside from being included in it (and Andy being an all-around great guy), I want to share the book with y’all because WordPress and freelancing are two topics I care deeply about, particularly because the WordPress platform and community helped me crack into freelancing when I made that decision five years ago.
What I’ve seen over the years is a delta between what is perceived about WordPress freelancing and the actual reality of it. Sure, all you need is a computer, a text editor and a free download of WordPress to get started. That’s the easy part, but there’s much, much more that’s worth considering. Finding clients is hard. Managing those clients is hard. Pricing work is hard. Proposals are hard. Taking time off is hard. These are among the things Andy covers in the book and the advice he provides is something that will benefit anyone breaking into freelance work.
I share my own thoughts on how you might go about educating someone you just built a site for. But it turns out I had a lot of fun putting together a ton of other people’s thoughts as well. I tweeted about it and got a flood of responses, so this article is an amalgamation of all that.
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A lot of y’all have personal sites. Personal sites with portfolios. Or you work for or own an agency where showing off the work you do is arguably even more important. Often the portfolio area of a site is the most fretted and hard to pull off. Do you link to the live projects? Screenshots? How many? How much do you say? How much of the process do people care about?
I’m afraid I don’t have all the answers for you. I don’t really do much freelance, work for an agency, or have a need to present work I’ve done in this way.
But! I tweeted this the other day:
Build your case studies as microsites. Then they can just live alone and don't have to be a drag when redesigning your site.
If the microsite gets old and stogy, the project you're talking about probably has too.
— Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) April 25, 2018
I was out to lunch with Rob from Sparkbox recently. A few years back, we worked together on a redesign of CodePen, and a byproduct of that was a microsite about that process.
I remember working on that microsite. It wasn’t a burden, it was kinda fun. We built it as we went, when all that stuff was fresh in our minds. Now that site is kind of a monument to that project. Nobody needs to touch it. It doesn’t load some global stylesheet from a main website. It’s a sub-domained microsite. It’ll be useful as long as it’s useful. When it’s not anymore, stop linking to it.
I’ve also watched loads of people struggle with what to put in that portfolio and how to deal with case studies. I’ve watched it be a burden to people redesigning their site or building one for the first time. I’ve also looked at a lot of personal sites lately, and the default is certainly to work the portfolio into the site itself.
Maybe for some of you, making your case studies into these microsites will be a useful way to go!
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I’ve shared this little productivity tip with enough folks who have found it useful and figured I’d make a post out of it.
I love time tracking and I love task lists, but boy do I hate managing them both. So, I’ve been using my time tracker as my task list.
I use Harvest for time tracking. It allows you to create time entries in the future and I suspect many other time tracking apps do the same. That means today I can enter all the time entries I plan on doing tomorrow. Or, if I’m feeling super organized, I can create entries for the following week. All of my tasks are right there in front of me and ready to clock my time.
If I don’t get to a task that day? No worries. Harvest has a subtle feature that allows me to move a time entry from one day to another. Now, I’m good to go for the next day.
Again, other apps are probably capable of doing the same.
I know, it’s a super small thing but it delights me every day and helps me manage two important things in one.
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