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Now displaying: June, 2016
Jun 28, 2016

A writer's boyfriend belittles her work; a designer claims freelancing caused her partner to end their relationship. 

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Episode Summary

 

Bryce is up in arms when a freelance writer requests advice for dealing her non-supportive partner. Jealousy, entitlement, and a lack of self-esteem are at the heart of the issue. 

A designer claims their partner doesn't appreciate the realities of freelancing, and as a result, their relationship falls apart. Excuses and poor boundaries are explored. 

 

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This episode is sponsored by MightyDeals!

MightyDeals offers fantastic (and exclusive!) deals for web professionals. Use coupon code CFHPodcast to save 15% on your next purchase!

Here are a few deals we recommend:

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> 500,000+ vectors, illustrations, and icons -- $39 (save $628!)

> Freelance Starter Kit with contract templates, identity sets, ebooks and more -- $29  

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

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Jun 21, 2016

A state officially threatens her designer; a freelance engineer seeks help for dealing with his time-wasting clients. 

Episode Summary

Check out the post that inspired this episode here

Bryce starts by telling a story about one of the most hellish clients he has come across recently, outline what, exactly, makes this particularly terrible client so terrible. He then explains how the submitter ended up in this situation and what to do about it. 

Basically: value yourself and seek out clients who appreciate you and your work.

UPDATE: The original poster provided closure on this story. 

Next, he addresses a question from a freelance engineer who has too many potential clients who are too interested in wasting his time.

The solution is simple: get your client to invest in you early on (e.g. a downpayment, an initial meeting fee that's refunded in their first formal invoice) to ensure they're serious. It will save you an immense amount of time and energy, and it's a great way to qualify clients. 

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This episode is sponsored by MightyDeals!

MightyDeals offers fantastic (and exclusive!) deals for web professionals. Use coupon code CFHPodcast to save 15% on your next purchase!

Here are a few deals we recommend:

> 500,000+ vectors, illustrations, and icons -- $39 (save $628!)

> Freelance Starter Kit with contract templates, identity sets, ebooks and more -- $29  

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Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

Clients From Hell on iTunes | Soundcloud
Subscribe on iTunes | Android | RSS

Jun 14, 2016

Finding work as a freelancer is a topic we've covered before, but never has it been so simple and actionable. 

Episode Summary

Check out the article that inspired this episode, follow the author (Justin Carroll) on Twitter, and check out his Behance profile while you're at it. 

Bryce starts by explaining how the podcast has (and will) deal with sponsors. He then shares one of his personal stories about a client from hell before he dives into how to find new freelancing clients. 

A basic breakdown of that last topic is as follows:

Step 1: Browse job boards every day. 

  1. Authentic Jobs
  2. Behance Jobs
  3. Craigslist
  4. Drupal Jobs
  5. LeadPages Jobs
  6. Reddit /r/forhire
  7. Smashing Jobs
  8. Stack Overflow Jobs
  9. We Work Remotely
  10. WordPress Jobs
  • Sign up for several relevant job boards for your discipline
  • Filter listings to find projects, save your searches and have results automatically emailed to you
  • Bookmark at least 20 per week (about 5 per day)

Step 2: Research every lead

  • Carefully read the job listing description to identify their problem(s)
  • Thoroughly research the person to contact
  • Do your research to learn more about the company's story

Step 3: Use an email script

This email has one goal: get leads to reply with a simple yes. Here's the script Justin uses.

Hi Emma,

I was just reading your article about HSA accounts. I have an HSA but had no idea the limit increased this year. Thanks for the tip! I also noticed you're looking for a Web developer.

Honestly, I think I'm a perfect fit, here's why...

I've been developing systems for the past seven years ([link to portfolio or LinkedIn]), for exactly what you need, optimizing day-to-day operations. In fact, last year I helped one insurance company automate half their work week.

I'd love a chance to help you too.

Hiring me to help out would provide your company a seasoned developer who already understands the insurance industry, and who cares more about delivering real business results than simply filling a role.

Feel free to say no, but is that what you had in mind?

If so, give me a thumbs up, and I'll reply with a few ways I can help. Sound good?

Cheers!

Justin

  • Use an email script to contact job listings
  • Reword it using your own personality and don't be afraid to try new things
  • Follow up twice, a week apart (3 emails per listing)

WEBINAR: How to Find Clients Fast

If you're interested in learning more about finding, pitching, and working with new clients, register for this month's webinar:

> Finding Clients -- A Complete Step-by-step Guide.

We go live on Tuesday, June 28th at 11 AM PST!

This episode is sponsored by MightyDeals!

MightyDeals offers fantastic (and exclusive!) deals for web professionals. Use coupon code CFHPodcast to save 15% on your next purchase!

Here are a few deals we recommend:

> 500,000+ vectors, illustrations, and icons -- $39 (save $628!)

> Freelance Starter Kit with contract templates, identity sets, ebooks and more -- $29  

Questions? Episode ideas?

Talk to Clients From Hell or Bryce Bladon on Twitter. Or shoot us an email

Clients From Hell on iTunes | Soundcloud
Subscribe on iTunes | Android | RSS

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