Front End Developer, Instructor, & Public Speaker. Founder & Course Developer at WordPress in One Month. Host of the weekly podcast, How I Built It.
I've been working with WordPress since 2005 and have written 2 books on the topic: Building WordPress Themes from Scratch, and Responsive Design with WordPress. I work with it everyday on small sites all the way up to Enterprise and Fortune 100 applications.
I'm a college and online educator and have developed multiple accredited courses for higher education. I can give you advice on some of the best ways to communicate with your students and get your points across.
I've been a professional public speaker for most of my career, speaking in front of classes, for webinars, and conferences all over the country. I got my start in grammar school when I just Drama Club, so I'm very comfortable being in front of people. I can help you craft talk pitches, structure your talk, develop your slides, and give you advice for giving your talk.
Here's another vote for AppPresser. We are using it at my Institution and it's making development a bit faster. There are a few kinks we're hitting along the way but support is great and well, what's a software development project without a few kinks, right?
I think this is a pretty tough sell for most agencies because it's a big risk - an agency isn't the same as hiring an employee for part equity because agencies have a lot more overhead at stake. No matter what happens, they are going to need to pay their employees and bills at the end of the day. Coming from both a freelance background and working at an agency for several years, I was always skeptical of an offer for equity (especially when it's all or mostly equity).
You will need to find someone who believes in your product as much as you do, because you're essentially asking the agency to take a short term financial hit in hopes for higher gains later.
If I were you, and digital marketing is that important to your growth, you should spend the money you need to in order to get the best results.
Travel a lot if you can swing it! I work remotely and loving visiting new cities and co-working spaces. I've also tried working in non-traditional places like near a lake or on a train (I actually haven't done this one yet, but Jason Santa Maria mentioned it on his blog - just a round-trip train ride to do some writing).
I would also take advantage of the fact that you might be able to do stuff during a weekday that most can't. Stuff like take in an afternoon movie or go someplace that people usually hit up on the weekend. When I freelanced full time and my schedule was light I'd take in a movie or some other activity during the day. Now that I work remotely I can go to the beach for a few days and work in the morning and have some fun in the afternoon or visit my brother at Disney World. The possibilities are endless!
If you're interested, I'd be happy to talk more about this with you. I went from Freelance to Office Job to Remote Job so this is something I've thought about/experienced quite a bit.
I'm not a lawyer, but LLC is a great way to go. Aside from billing in a preferred manor, you also get some protection legally.
In PA and NY (places where I've lived while freelancing, I've also done a DBA (Doing Business As). If you don't want to go for the LLC, you can do a DBA, which will essentially allow you to make personal deposits under a different name. So John Smith can deposit to his personal account as his DBA, ABC Co.
In PA at-least, an LLC was pretty easy. Fill out a form, pay a small fee, and you're good to go. You may even be able to report your income the same way.
It really depends on your target audience and what browser they use. You can find general stats here: http://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php though if you have analytics for a similar site that will be better
If your audience uses IE8 primarily then you'll need to support it, otherwise general rule now seems to be Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and IE10+.
I don't think so, so long as you don't always do it. I gave away review copies of my book and in return asked for a review or interview and I feel those really helped drive sales.
I think especially starting out, starting offer lower will help get people to try it out, garner support, and then you can raise your price. Getting people to actually use your service is the hardest part, and if people can vouch for it and why it has value, that will do a lot of good.
As someone who just recently when full time self employed after having full time jobs and keeping my business on the side I'd offer you 3 pieces of advice:
* Find a job that will help you develop your skills.
* Remember that your full time job is your main obligation.
* You will need to work nights and weekends on your business, so manage your time properly.
What I would do is work my day job (which would sometimes require more than 8 hours days, and sometimes as much as 16) and then spend 3-4 hours at night or in the mornings working on my side business. The key was my day job was related to my side work so even though I wasn't working directly on my business, as an individual I was growing and preparing for taking the business full time.
I can't overstate this enough though: just remember the full time gig comes first if that's what's paying your bills. I knew it was time for me to leave my last job when I started to feel that was no longer that case. My work and therefore my reputation was at risk and I didn't want to burn any bridges.
I think there is a lot of value to formal education, but there are some things school can't teach you that experience will. It all depends on what you want to do. If you want to start a business, the best thing to do is find a coach, mentor, or mastermind group and just do it.
If you want to find a good full time job after school, it depends on the job you want. I'm of the opinion that "Entrepreneurship" and other management-based majors are useless without learning a real, tangible skill to go along with it. Managing people who know something is vastly different if you actually know what they do.
I think there are 2 solid things you can do to gain and show your experience:
1) Built out a personal site and side projects. Take time and work on your own pet projects to learn the trade and build a portfolio
2) Offer to built a site or 2 for friends and family. It can be free or paid as long as the ground rules are clear. You will get a feel for the process with a bit of a safety net attached.
"2-4 years" can be a trivial requirement as long as you have something you can show potential employers.
Thanks for the help Joe.
Loved talking to Joe. Very informative. There was a 2-second delay in our conversation, but I don't believe that's Joe's fault; probably a Clarity issue.
Joe is very knowledgeable and helped us better understand some of the challenges/opportunities we were wrestling with. I would call him again and would highly recommend him. Thanks, Joe.
Joe was very helpfull & knowlegable in assisting us with a new wirdpress install
Great support, knew his stuff and solved a long running issue I had.. thanks Joe
Problem sorted! Thanks Joe!
Joe understood my technology and staffing issue, and he was very friendly, knowledgable and personable. I would call Joe again.
Joe provided excellent advice for what I needed. He is very knowledgable and I will definitely be using him again for future projects.