Archives for November 2010

Build A Network And Skills As A Nomad – with Corey Haines

Corey Haines has a great story. For more than a year he traveled from place to place exchanging room and board for pair programming. During his time as a nomad, Corey built a huge network of connections, and greatly improved his skills as a software developer. And as an added bonus, he has a great story that people love to hear and tell. Take a listen to this interview with Corey, then learn more about him on his website, and connect with him on Twitter. Prefer audio? Here you go. … [Read more...]

The Government Can’t Balance It’s Budget, Can You?

A balanced budget seems to be the elusive golden fleece that the government seems to keep trying to find. And while it can be argued just how long a government can operate in the red (which seems to be quite a while), for a business it is death. One major lesson from my MBA: cash is king, or more to the point, cash flow is king. Cash flow is the life blood of your business. I've run a company on credit before. It didn't turn out well, and it took a long time to get out of that hole. So … [Read more...]

Help Others And Start Getting More Customers

If you're running into the catch-22 of not being able to get any customers because you don't yet have any customers, consider working for non-profits and other small businesses that are more than happy to trade testimonials, referrals, and references for your work. During our interview, Amanda Blum of told me that one of the best ways to get more work is to always be busy. This makes a lot of sense as people want to work with people that are in demand. Whether you are busy … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the United States. Eat turkey until you go into a turkey coma, and enjoy the company of friends and family. And while you're at it, think of all the things to be thankful for. What are you thankful for? I'm thankful for my wife and daughter, fantastic parents, a great sister and all of her family, and all of the awesome people I have in my life. I'm thankful for the opportunities I have and continue to receive. I'm thankful for being sober. I'm … [Read more...]

Get Paid With Better Invoices – with Patrick Dodd

Guest post from Patrick Dodd of Blinksale. If you have any reason to send invoices, chances are that you want to spend more time making money than tracking it down. After all, the work you do is probably way more fun than the accounting side of your business. But invoicing is a necessity to many a business, and I’ve got some best practices for getting it done in style. 1. Find an online invoicing service. It doesn’t just save you time, it helps you automatically organize every invoice … [Read more...]