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Q + A: Getting Freelance Clients

This question came into my Twitter DMs: “…I would like to leave my current job with COMPANY and focus on freelancing being full time. Doing freelance is fine but the sales is where I need more understanding…” Here is the thing: I’m not a freelancer.  I’ll never be a freelancer because I’m confident that I would fail as a freelancer. How do I know this, even though it’s something that I’ve never tried? Because I’ve interviewed lots of them. I know what it takes to land clients, to get paid, to navigate the world of insurance and taxes, and other things that my employer currently does for me. I can do those things, but I wouldn’t be happy doing them. Also, freelancing doesn’t fit into my career goals.   My end goal is to build a tech company so that I can hire a bunch of hard-working, empathetic people who want…

Instagram Live #3: Maintaining a Workflow while you Travel, Tips on Creating your First Project, and Finding Community

Hello, World! I’m working from Oslo again.  This is the perfect time to speak with you about maintaining a workflow while you travel because I’m doing it now.  I’ll be on Instagram live this Friday, September 8th at 6 am central.  You’ll probably be sleeping, or just getting your Friday started, or just ending your Thursday night.  So, I’ll leave the playback up for 24 hours. Thank you so much to everyone who sent me questions via Instagram and Slack! This is everything I’ll be talking about in the morning: How do you stay connected to your community while traveling? Traveling is fun, but it can disrupt routines and work flow.  How do you maintain your workflow through your travels? Why did you choose to save those 3 programming books? Why did you donate the rest? How do you pick which conferences to speak at? Have you written anything about how…

I’m Hosting a Demo Day for WiT

Inspired by our Slack’s #victory channel and #WiTBragDay, we’re organizing a remote DEMO DAY end of this month! On August 31st 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm EST, practice bragging about your project alongside a supportable community. Sign up is first come first serve in #demos or DM me with your topic @herlifeinpixels. We’re aiming for at least 5 demos. Anyone is welcome to join in to listen and offer feedback. Shoot me your email for an invite to Google Hangouts. WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT OUR WORK & PROCESSES In an ideal world, the quality of a person’s work could speak for itself, but this isn’t the case for underrepresented folks whose experiences are often overlooked and underestimated. One way to show the industry our value is by getting good at framing what we do and being proactive at giving ourselves credit. For a long time in my career, I’ve struggled with talking…

3 Tips for Working from Home

When I first started working from home, I felt a little overwhelmed with my change in routine.  I wasn’t getting up at the same time, my work schedule depended on what was going on in the west coast office, and I didn’t feel like I had a real office.  Instead of working with a good balance of healthy breaks, I felt like I was either working too much or not enough. Now don’t get me wrong: there were things about it that were positive from the get go.  I was saving hundreds of dollars per month because I didn’t have to pay for transportation and expensive River North lunches.  I was exploring my neighborhood more, and using the time I would have spent on the train to work out. But this post is about things that I wish I would have known when I started working from home. 1. Get a decent setup…

From Space to Software with Nicole Vagt

{ Episode 29 } Why would someone leave the NASA of Europe to move to Spain, and teach themselves how to code? Today I interviewed Nicole Vagt, a self-taught software engineer who used to work for the European Space Agency.  Nicole and her partner decided to leave their 9 to 5 jobs so they could focus on growing their skills in the tech space.  For Nicole, this meant teaching herself Rails, and all of the technologies needed to support her new app, Mundolore. She’s also freelancing while she builds her app. What I asked Nicole: How did you learn to code? What languages did you start with? Why did you think a location switch would be useful to your learning process? How did you go from being a space scientist to software engineer? How do you focus in on your freelance business? How do you find clients? What is your…

5 Tools Every Developer Needs to Remote Pair

When I landed my first remote job, I had no idea what I was doing. I just knew that I wanted to mix work with travel. Why work in my apartment in Chicago when I could work from a co-working space in Barcelona, or Bucharest? As long as I had access to wifi and coffee, how hard could it be? From a technical standpoint, I knew I needed to figure out how was I going to log in to work every day and be successful. The company I had just accepted an offer from had a pair programming policy: they did it a lot. Would I be as productive as I was working in an office? And what tools would I use to ensure my success as the newbie on the team? To get answers to my tech questions, and some travel ones too, I decided to start a podcast.…