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#17: Building & Selling WordPress Products with Pippin Williamson

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With more and more people using WordPress (our favorite) these days, Pippin Williamson of PippinsPlugins.com is using that to build his business as a plugin developer. We chatted with Pippin as he shared some of his thoughts on the market for plugins, using a site like Envato’s Code Canyon versus selling through his own site, and how he provides support to his customers. Other topics that come up include The WPCandy Quarterly print magazine, Pippin’s famous Easy Custom Post Types plugin (it really is awesome!) and Font Uploader plugin, and his new membership-based WordPress development training program.

If you’re wondering what Envato’s approval & pricing process looks like, what makes a “good” plugin, and ways you can create your own functionality products, check out this informative episode with Pippin.

Unfortunately, we experienced an unsurprising Skype crash in the middle of this interview and lost the video recording. But the audio was safe so we’re still posting the video version. 

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#16: Behind the Scenes of WPCandy.com with Ryan Imel

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Ryan Imel is the Editor-in-chief behind WPCandy.com, the leading hub for all things WordPress. We caught up with Ryan and found out what it takes to run a site like WPCandy which is updated on a daily basis and receives a decent amount of traffic. We also discussed some of the things that make WordPress the right choice to manage a website of this size and type.

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#15: Startups on the Side with Toni Gemayel

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Toni Gemayel has a lot going on. That’s an understatement, actually. He’s a web developer for Two Giraffes (which features another Freelance Jam guest, Sean Farrell). He’s a full-time “startup scout” for Coloma Ventures which involves regular travel. He’s also someone who launches a lot of startups on the side, including ventures such as Fonadu.

How does Toni find the time to wear all these hats? What are some ways that we as freelancers can launch startups on the side of our freelancing day jobs? At what point do you pull the plug on a side project that just isn’t making any money? We ask these questions and more in this episode.

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#14: How To Find Good Clients

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Freelancers not only need to know how to find clients, they need to know how to find good clients.  In this episode, Brian and Dave break down the strategies that have worked for them over their years of freelancing. From working the job boards when you’re starting out, to building a strong referral network, and marketing yourself so that great clients come to you.

Have questions or other tips for landing new clients?  Post them in the comments and let’s keep this conversation going!

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#13: How Speaking and Attending Conferences Can Boost Your Profile w/ Jake Goldman

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Jake Goldman, frequent speaker at WordCamps and founder of get10up.com, a WordPress development shop, joins Dave and Brian to talk about how speaking engagements can boost your profile as a freelance web professional. We cover meetups, conferences, attending, speaking, networking, and everything in between.

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Didn’t mention in the episode, but also check out lanyrd.com, a fantastic directory of worldwide conferences to attend.

#12: How Freelancers Effectively Handle Scheduling with Shawn Johnston

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Shawn Johnston, Web Designer and Founder of Interlink Conference joins Dave and Brian to talk all about scheduling: Managing timelines, controlling client expectations, ensuring you have a strong pipeline of upcoming work, and more. We also talk about Shawn’s experience running the Interlink Conference.

#11: Podcasting & How it Impacts Your Freelance Web Business

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Dave and Brian discuss how the podcast has gone so far, and how it’s impacted their respective web businesses. We talk about what we’ve learned about podcasting—both from a tech standpoint as well as content standpoint—and talk about where the Freelance Jam podcast is headed moving forward.

#10: Behind The Scenes: Designing a Government Website Used by Millions

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In this episode, Ed Mullen (@edmullen) joins us to tell the story behind his work designing the new HealthCare.gov, a website used by millions of Americans to find health insurance.  Ed takes us back to how this amazing opportunity came about, then gives us a glimpse of what it was like to work inside a major government agency on designing a web property used by millions.

We talk about the planning and design process, usability testing, and the impact this project had on Ed’s work as a designer as well as Ed’s business and other projects.

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This episode’s soundtrack:

Band of Horses – Infinite Arms

Opening clip: “Dilly”
Closing track: “Laredo”

 

#9: Designing Your Web Business with Sarah Bray

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Sarah Bray classifies her business, S. Joy Studios, as a strategic web firm. In this episode, you’ll find out what that means for both her clients and her own business. In what ways is she strategic about her own pricing, marketing, hiring, and message? And what does it mean to have a date with your website? In the words of the immortal Dodge Hemi guy: “You’re about to find out.”

Once you’ve watched this episode with Sarah, definitely take the time to read and subscribe to the blog on her website. Most, if not all, of the topics she covers about web design and online business could each be a topic for a Freelance Jam episode. Quality content from a quality web designer and entrepreneur.

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Opening clip: “Son of Sam”
Closing track: “In The Lost and Found”

#8: Orman Clark and the Business of Free

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Can you give great stuff away and expect to make any money? Orman Clark does it on a daily basis through his site Premium Pixels. In this episode we dig deeper into how Orman has crafted a site full of self-created freebie graphic files and used it to drive sales of his premium WordPress themes and grow a loyal following.

Orman is an amazingly talented UK-based freelance web designer. By tuning into this episode you’ll gain insight into his creative process, where he finds inspiration, how he finds time to do what he does, and how he’s using “free” to power a successful freelance business.

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As mentioned in this episode, our guest is from “across the pond” so the tunes will be as well as we play a few tunes from the Travis album The Boy With No Name.

Opening clip: “Selfish Jean”
Closing track: “My Eyes”

 

 

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