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Now displaying: September, 2016
Sep 26, 2016

Bryce discusses why 'lazy' creators are the ones that produce work that matters, why being busy can be bad for your business, and comedian Mike Birbiglia's tips for succeeding (as a freelancer and as a person). 

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, Bryce addresses:

  • The labor illusion: when it comes to judging other people’s work, we want to feel they wore themselves out for us -- not necessarily if the job was done quickly or well.
  • The time that really matters to creators
  • Why nobody spends more than four or five hours on their primary creative tasks
  • The difference between deep work and shallow busy work. 
  • What defines a day well spent
  • Comedian Mike Birbiglia's 6 Tips for Making it Small:
    • Don't wait
    • Fail
    • Learn from failure
    • Maybe quit
    • Aim for small successes
    • Cleverness is overrated and heart is underrated

 Extra resources:

> Article: Nobody cares how hard you work

> Article: Want to create things that matter? Be Lazy

 

> Study: Think Customer's Hate Waiting? Not so fast...

 

> Article: Mike Birbiglia’s 6 Tips for Making It Small in Hollywood. Or Anywhere.

 

> Article: Graduating and Looking for Your Passion? Just Be Patient

 

 

 

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Sep 19, 2016

Bryce Bladon discusses an awards gala specifically for freelancers, how much designers and developers earn as freelancers, and a few ways designers and devs can earn even more.

 

Episode Summary

Bryce discusses:

  • The first annual Freelancers Unite Awards in Canada
  • Co-Op founder Adam Roach's reasons for the awards
  • Matthew Brown, The Founder of Bonsai, a freelance invoice and contracting app
  • The big takeaways from the Bonsai's freelance rate explorer:
    • Developers earn 30% more than designers.
    • The hourly rates of designers (especially graphic designers) remain sticky at under $60 an hour at all geographies and experience levels.
    • Developers quickly begin increasing their hourly rates after gaining 3 years of experience
    • Designers tend to increase their hourly rates at a slower pace.
    • The biggest increase in hourly rates happens when freelancers reach 3–5 years of experience
  • Ways to increase your rate, such as:
    • Proving the value of your services
    • Knowing and understanding your ideal client
    • Scheduling rate increases
    • Changing the philosophy that drives your prices

 Extra resources:

> Freelancers Unite Awards

> Freelance Rate Explorer

> The hourly rates of freelance designers and developers

> Bonsai

> 7 ways to raise your rates

> Make more money as a freelance designer

 

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Sep 12, 2016

Paul Minors joins Bryce Bladon to discuss his new book, Guidelines. It offers concise, straightforward advice that's equal parts summary and inspiration people like Marcus Aurelius and Tim Ferris.

 

Episode Summary

We discuss:

  • The philosophy of self-improvement
  • Saying no to everything that's not important
  • The value of showing your appreciation
  • Why you need to be quick and dirty when it comes to executing ideas
  • Getting more sleep. Seriously. Do it. 
  • Affirmations and whether or not they actually work. 

 > Paul Minor's Guidelines

 

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Sep 6, 2016

 

Jennifer Fryer joins Bryce Bladon to share their experiences as student freelancers. They go on to debate why every student should consider freelancing before graduating. 

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Episode Summary

We discuss:

  • The benefits of starting your career sooner than later
  • Imposter syndrome and why no one ever feels "ready" to start
  • The safety nets that come with being a student
  • The skills you'll learn
  • How to get started
  • The value of personal project
  • The unexpected resources and connections you get at school
  • The answers to FAQs from student freelancers 

 

Find Jennifer on:

> Her website
> Tumblr
> Instagram

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