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S12 E2 — Getting Clients on LinkedIn

With millions of potential clients spending time on Linkedin, it's worth learning how to get it right. Today, we share our top tips for getting clients through LinkedIn. On today’s show, we have a coaching call with side-hustler Corey who’s building a web design business for physical therapists  ....

S12 E2 — Getting Clients on LinkedIn

With millions of potential clients spending time on Linkedin, it's worth learning how to get it right.

Today, we share our top tips for getting clients through LinkedIn.

On today’s show, we have a coaching call with side-hustler Corey who’s building a web design business for physical therapists and other health professionals.

Among other things, we end up talking in-depth about using Linkedin to get more clients.

Our guest co-host and my friend Chelsea Baldwin and I share some of our tried-and-true tactics for making quality connections on Linkedin.

We also talk about recurring clients, outsourcing your work, and lots more.

  If you think Linkedin could be a great way for you to connect with potential new clients, but you’re just not sure how to go about it, this episode is for you.

You might also enjoy reading the following articles from the blog: The LinkedIn ProFinder Guide to Get More Clients How to List Freelance Work on LinkedIn the Right Way

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S12 E1 — Growing Beyond Job Sites

Freelance job sites are a great way to get your foot in the door as a freelancer.

But are they the best long-term strategy for growing an agency? On today’s show, we have a coaching call with Ron, who has been freelancing on Fiverr for over 10 years—and he’s done quite well for himself.

Ron gets a ton of new business from Fiverr, but he’s worried about two things: first, it can be difficult to build long-term relationships with clients on Fiverr and second, if there was an algorithm adjustment or some other unforeseen change, Ron’s entire business would disappear.

So he’s ready to start building his own processes in addition to the work he already does on the platform.

We start off with some great tips from Ron about succeeding on Fiverr and then guest coach and friend Chelsea Baldwin and I chime in with our best advice for expanding away from marketplaces like Fiverr.

S12 E1 — Growing Beyond Job Sites

Freelance job sites are a great way to get your foot in the door as a freelancer. But are they the best long-term strategy for growing an agency? On today’s show, we have a coaching call with Ron, who has been freelancing on Fiverr for over 10 years—and he’s done quite well for himself. Ron ge ....

S11 E11 — Does Client-Hunting Keep You from Scaling?

New clients are often the lifeblood of a freelance business, but what if taking on new work is holding you back from growing your business? On today’s show, we give some coaching to Will Gibbons—a product rendering expert who works with huge brands like Pelaton, 3M, Vizio and more.

After a year of freelancing, Will is facing perhaps one of the best problems you can ask for: He’s got too many client requests coming in and too much work that needs done.

So in this episode, Clay and I walk him through a few hiring, scaling, and management tips to help him scale up his freelancing without losing control of his business.

S11 E11 — Does Client-Hunting Keep You from Scaling?

New clients are often the lifeblood of a freelance business, but what if taking on new work is holding you back from growing your business? On today’s show, we give some coaching to Will Gibbons—a product rendering expert who works with huge brands like Pelaton, 3M, Vizio and more. After a year  ....

S11 E10 — Can You Win at Business ... Without Burning Out?

On today’s show, we have a conversation with Corbett Barr from CorbettBarr.

com.

Corbett has had a huge impact on my life and business and, after a recent conversation with Clay about hustling and burning out, I knew I had to introduce them.

That’s because Corbett is one of my favorite thinkers when it comes to balancing life with the hustle of entrepreneurship.

  Corbett’s insights lead us down a path answering questions like: what am I giving up by hustling all the time? Do I really need to promote my business everywhere online? Or how can I stop wasting time on tasks that don’t matter and focus on better ones? If you’ve ever felt even a little bit of burn-out—if you’ve ever felt overworked in your own business, wondering where you’re entrepreneurial freedom went, then this episode is for you.



S11 E10 — Can You Win at Business ... Without Burning Out?

On today’s show, we have a conversation with Corbett Barr from CorbettBarr.com. Corbett has had a huge impact on my life and business and, after a recent conversation with Clay about hustling and burning out, I knew I had to introduce them. That’s because Corbett is one of my favorite thinkers w ....

S11 E9 — How to Unlock a Floodgate of Client Leads

On today’s episode, Caroline calls in from one of my favorite places on Earth: the Netherlands.

Caroline is building a graphic and web design business and has already hired quite a few contractors.

She gets a decent amount of work every month, but each new month leaves her with the frightening question: Will we get enough new business this month? With some good lead generation in place, a team working at about 20% capacity, and a desire to grow, she’s in a perfect place to make fast progress.

Today’s episode is all about marketing, sales, and lead generation for your business.

Without a steady pipeline, you can’t have a steady business.

And this episode wraps up with some highly actionable advice for making real progress in sales and marketing.



S11 E9 — How to Unlock a Floodgate of Client Leads

On today’s episode, Caroline calls in from one of my favorite places on Earth: the Netherlands. Caroline is building a graphic and web design business and has already hired quite a few contractors. She gets a decent amount of work every month, but each new month leaves her with the frightening que ....

S11 E8 — Getting More Clients (as an Introvert)

On today’s show, I’m joined again by my friend Matt Olpinski for our coaching call with side-hustler-turned agency-builder Jason Frostholm.

After working on the side for years, Jason and his wife finally decided to take their freelancing full-time and build an agency together.

That was right before the global pandemic.

Now, after a year of eating into savings, they’ve used word-of-mouth to build up some good relationships and they have the beginnings of a solid client base.

But, as any agency-builder knows all too well, word-of-mouth marketing can be finicky and unreliable.

So Jason wants to improve his marketing and sales to build a more predictable client pipeline.

The problem? He’s a bit of an introvert.

  So today’s episode becomes all about promoting yourself and your business even when you're introverted like Jason.

 

S11 E8 — Getting More Clients (as an Introvert)

On today’s show, I’m joined again by my friend Matt Olpinski for our coaching call with side-hustler-turned agency-builder Jason Frostholm. After working on the side for years, Jason and his wife finally decided to take their freelancing full-time and build an agency together. That was right bef ....

S E — Introducing 'Creative Elements'

S E — Introducing 'Creative Elements'

After working with creatives for 10+ years, Clay and I know it can be hard making a living from your art and creativity. If your creative business needs a little boost, I suggest you listen to Creative Elements—a really great podcast from my friend Jay Clouse. Creative Elements is a highly produce ....

S11 E7 — 3 Ways to Finally Raise Your Prices

Today we have a coaching call with Joseph, a digital nomad working in Mexico.

Joseph is building his Wordpress development company on the side of his day job with dreams of becoming a full-time entrepreneur.

But there’s one major thing standing in Joseph’s way.

As you’ll hear him explain during the show, Joseph is charging what he calls “employee” prices which just doesn’t give him enough cashflow to scale.

Clay and I are up to the challenge as we spend the full second half of the episode tackling the question: how to do I raise my prices? Here’s a hint: it’s all about demand and value.

If you don’t have those dialed in, you’ll never be able to raise your prices.

If you’ve wanted to raise your rates for a long time, but were unsure how to do it, then this episode is for you.

S11 E7 — 3 Ways to Finally Raise Your Prices

Today we have a coaching call with Joseph, a digital nomad working in Mexico. Joseph is building his Wordpress development company on the side of his day job with dreams of becoming a full-time entrepreneur. But there’s one major thing standing in Joseph’s way. As you’ll hear him explain durin ....

S11 E6 — Should You Do Your Own Marketing?

Today’s coaching call is with Andy who’s calling in from Colorado, USA.

And while Andy runs a business that Clay and I know virtually nothing about, he’s facing a question we have lots of answers to: Should Andy do his own marketing? He’s already working 40-50 hours a week in his business and he’s trying to figure out who to hire next, where to find them, and what tasks to assign them.

It’s a common question for service-based businesses: should you focus on doing the work for current clients or generating leads and clients for the future.

If you’re not sure how to balance doing your own marketing with all the other tasks you have to tackle in your business, stay tuned because this episode will be an eye-opener for you.

S11 E6 — Should You Do Your Own Marketing?

Today’s coaching call is with Andy who’s calling in from Colorado, USA. And while Andy runs a business that Clay and I know virtually nothing about, he’s facing a question we have lots of answers to: Should Andy do his own marketing? He’s already working 40-50 hours a week in his business an ....

S11 E5 — Revenue on Autopilot—Is It Really Possible?

Have you ever found yourself approaching burnout in your business and wondered: is there any way to generate revenue on autopilot? On this episode, Clay and I hit record on a rather personal conversation we were having about our businesses.

The question is: can we make enough money on autopilot to finance a nice lifestyle without having to put in long hours every single week or—as Clay hopes—without really any work at all.

Throughout the episode, I share how I’ve outsourced most of my daily tasks, focusing instead on the work I enjoy most and the recent discovery Clay made about passive income in his business.

It’s this discovery that launched Clay into a small moment of questioning everything about his business.

And it led to a nice conversation which is what we share with you today in this episode.

S11 E5 — Revenue on Autopilot—Is It Really Possible?

Have you ever found yourself approaching burnout in your business and wondered: is there any way to generate revenue on autopilot? On this episode, Clay and I hit record on a rather personal conversation we were having about our businesses. The question is: can we make enough money on autopilot to  ....

S11 E4 — Getting Press as a Freelancer (from the Editor of Entrepreneur Mag)

On today’s episode Clay and I are joined by the editor of Entrepreneur Magazine, Jason Feifer to talk about how to get press for your freelance business.

Whether you want to get more visibility to your brand or attract new clients using earned media, this conversation with Jason will give you actionable, real-world advice on getting featured by journalists and influencers.

We also kick off the conversation chatting about the current state of freelancing and the future of freelancing in a post-pandemic world.

  

S11 E4 — Getting Press as a Freelancer (from the Editor of Entrepreneur Mag)

On today’s episode Clay and I are joined by the editor of Entrepreneur Magazine, Jason Feifer to talk about how to get press for your freelance business. Whether you want to get more visibility to your brand or attract new clients using earned media, this conversation with Jason will give you acti ....

S11 E3 — Are You Attracting the Wrong Clients?

On today’s show, we talk with Mannat, a student calling from India with questions about her freelance business.

Mannat is a typographer—she works with lettering and fonts.

But everytime Mannat posts her work to social media, she gets packaging design clients and others reaching out who just don’t match her target audience.

This leaves Mannat asking “what exactly should I be posting on social media to attract my ideal client?" We walk her through a few key social media strategies that’ll also help you build your online presence and attract the right clients on social media.



S11 E3 — Are You Attracting the Wrong Clients?

On today’s show, we talk with Mannat, a student calling from India with questions about her freelance business. Mannat is a typographer—she works with lettering and fonts. But everytime Mannat posts her work to social media, she gets packaging design clients and others reaching out who just don ....

S11 E2 — Unleashing the Power of Local Clients

Today’s coaching call is with Keegan who’s calling in from Louisiana, USA.

Keegan is building a web design business (something Clay knows a lot about) on the side of his day job (something I have tons of experience in).

And while Keegan has a very clear picture of where he’s going, he’s not exactly sure how to attract clients on a more consistent basis.

This hurdle launches us into a conversation all about the power of finding local clients.

We outline a few reasons you should try focusing on local clients—including one or two that might surprise you.

 

S11 E2 — Unleashing the Power of Local Clients

Today’s coaching call is with Keegan who’s calling in from Louisiana, USA. Keegan is building a web design business (something Clay knows a lot about) on the side of his day job (something I have tons of experience in). And while Keegan has a very clear picture of where he’s going, he’s not  ....

S11 E1 — Hiring 50 Contractors in a Year (Whew!)

On today’s show, we talk with Karl who’s holding on tight while his writing business is growing fast.

  After writing for a few highly technical development blogs, Karl’s business exploded and he now works with 50 writers to deliver articles for his clients.

And while Karl is crushing it by some standards (his writing business has quadrupled since January), he’s naturally feeling like a bottleneck in his fast-expanding business.

Clay and I have a fiery chat with Karl where we uncover what has done right in his business to experience massive growth and some tough truths about what he has to do next in order to stay on track and not slow his own business down.

S11 E1 — Hiring 50 Contractors in a Year (Whew!)

On today’s show, we talk with Karl who’s holding on tight while his writing business is growing fast.  After writing for a few highly technical development blogs, Karl’s business exploded and he now works with 50 writers to deliver articles for his clients. And while Karl is crushing it by so ....

S10 E12 — Close 90% of Clients (without Proposals)

On today’s episode we chat with Brady, who is building a web design business from his home in northern Idaho, USA.

Brady has already built up a small team of contractors and aims to get the business running almost on autopilot in the next 6-12 months.

To do that, he’s got to first perfect his sales process and then train someone else to do it.

But he’s got a bit of a sales problem.

After drafting a proposal and getting on a call with a client, too many people are just saying “no”—making it hard to get new web design clients on a regular basis.

So today’s episode becomes a masterclass on selling your services without ever drafting up a proposal—which Clay and I believe are a massive waste of time and effort.

This episode reveals what we recommend you do instead—the method that gets us a 90% close rate with new clients.

S10 E12 — Close 90% of Clients (without Proposals)

On today’s episode we chat with Brady, who is building a web design business from his home in northern Idaho, USA. Brady has already built up a small team of contractors and aims to get the business running almost on autopilot in the next 6-12 months. To do that, he’s got to first perfect his sa ....

S10 E11 — Coaching at Scale

On today’s episode, we chat with Brendan—a sales consultant who wants to scale his business to something bigger.

And while he finally started hiring people to help him scale, he’s still a bit unsure about a path forward.

He’s working on a course for more passive income and he’s trying to transition away from one-on-one consulting gigs to more of a sales coach role.

Since Clay and I are fresh off our recent 5-day recurring revenue challenge, we have some good advice for his course’s future and since Clay is building a very similar business to Brendan’s we wrap up the episode with some killer advice on scaling a coaching business.

S10 E11 — Coaching at Scale

On today’s episode, we chat with Brendan—a sales consultant who wants to scale his business to something bigger. And while he finally started hiring people to help him scale, he’s still a bit unsure about a path forward. He’s working on a course for more passive income and he’s trying to t ....

S10 E10 — How to Speak Your Clients' Language

On today’s show, we chat with Jon who’s a physical product designer and prototyper.

  Jon’s got a highly technical business—which you’ll see as we chat with him on the episode today.

That means that Jon is very smart when it comes to product design and 3D printing, but has a hard time translating that expertise into language that appeals to clients.

So in today’s episode, where I'm also joined by my friend and guest coach Matt Olpinski, we walk Jon through some important ways to think about messaging and marketing.

Because, as a freelancer, you can offer the absolute best service on the market, but if you don’t know how to tell people about it, you’re in trouble.



S10 E10 — How to Speak Your Clients' Language

On today’s show, we chat with Jon who’s a physical product designer and prototyper.  Jon’s got a highly technical business—which you’ll see as we chat with him on the episode today. That means that Jon is very smart when it comes to product design and 3D printing, but has a hard time tran ....

S10 E9 — Should You Branch Out or Niche Down?

On today’s show, we chat with Christine, the founder of Bryant Creative Company.

Christine has a nice freelance business where she works on graphic design and branding for her clients.

  But over time, Christine has also begun to offer additional services such as web design—which, frankly, she doesn’t enjoy as much and she’s not as good at.

That brings up a whole lot of questions on our call such as: should I outsource jobs that aren’t a fit? Or should I decline them altogether? If you’re not sure whether to expand your service offering or double down on what you do best then this episode, where we're joined by special guest coach Matt Olpinski, is for you.

S10 E9 — Should You Branch Out or Niche Down?

On today’s show, we chat with Christine, the founder of Bryant Creative Company. Christine has a nice freelance business where she works on graphic design and branding for her clients.  But over time, Christine has also begun to offer additional services such as web design—which, frankly, she d ....

S10 E8 — Do You Have the Wrong Target Audience?

On today’s show we chat with Augusto who’s running a local branding and video marketing company in the United States.

Augusto has chosen to target local latino businesses because he feels they’re underserved and can really use his expertise.

But Augusto keeps hitting a wall: his target audience is overly cautious when it comes to spending.

Which makes it hard to charge premium prices for his work.

So what can you do when you’re worried you’ve got the wrong target audience? Today, I’m joined by guest-coach Bobby Macey to answer as many of Augusto’s questions as possible because we both know all too well: if your audience isn’t aligned with your service, it’s almost impossible to effectively promote your freelance business.



S10 E8 — Do You Have the Wrong Target Audience?

On today’s show we chat with Augusto who’s running a local branding and video marketing company in the United States. Augusto has chosen to target local latino businesses because he feels they’re underserved and can really use his expertise. But Augusto keeps hitting a wall: his target audienc ....

S10 E7 — You've Been Lied to About "Work/Life Balance"

On today’s episode we chat with Adii Pienaar who recently published a book titled Life Profitability: The New Measure of Entrepreneurial Success.

As someone who’s very motivated by the lifestyle that freelancing and entrepreneurship can offer, I was intrigued when I first learned about Adii’s book.

So today, Clay and I have a heart to heart chat with Adii all about the lies about "work/life balance" and how to build a business that doesn’t ultimately consume you.

If you’ve ever felt burned out with the business you started in order to find more freedom in the first place or you've thought to yourself “this isn’t what I signed up for”, Adii’s advice will be the best thing you hear this week.

S10 E7 — You've Been Lied to About "Work/Life Balance"

On today’s episode we chat with Adii Pienaar who recently published a book titled Life Profitability: The New Measure of Entrepreneurial Success. As someone who’s very motivated by the lifestyle that freelancing and entrepreneurship can offer, I was intrigued when I first learned about Adii’s  ....

S10 E6 — Do Clients Treat You Like an Expert? or Employee?

On today’s episode, we have a conversation with Matt Essam who helps freelancers attract and find their dream clients.

Have you ever felt like you are more of an employee than a partner when it comes to your client relationships? Maybe you feel like you don’t have any creative input on your projects.

Or maybe you feel like you’re underutilized pushing pixels, moving commas, or doing some other menial tasks for your client.

If this sounds familiar, you’ll want to listen to our conversation with Matt today.

He’s got a pretty great solution to this problem plus some great advice on finding the perfect clients for your business.



S10 E6 — Do Clients Treat You Like an Expert? or Employee?

On today’s episode, we have a conversation with Matt Essam who helps freelancers attract and find their dream clients. Have you ever felt like you are more of an employee than a partner when it comes to your client relationships? Maybe you feel like you don’t have any creative input on your proj ....

S10 E5 — Collabs vs. Hiring

On today’s show, we check in with Margaret Ryland.

Now, if that name sounds familiar, that’s because Margaret joined us originally on Season 8 to talk about her branding and design business.

Since we last talked, Margaret has had some luck on collaborating with other creatives, but is still struggling to build out the processes required to actually make a first contractor hire.

It’s a big hurdle, but if she can’t push through it, she might be stuck as a one-person business for the rest of her career.

We’ll get into some advice and tactical tips for Margaret and anyone unsure about building a team in today's episode.

S10 E5 — Collabs vs. Hiring

On today’s show, we check in with Margaret Ryland. Now, if that name sounds familiar, that’s because Margaret joined us originally on Season 8 to talk about her branding and design business. Since we last talked, Margaret has had some luck on collaborating with other creatives, but is still stru ....

S10 E4 — 12 Mo. of Revenue in 30 Days

On today’s show, it’s just Preston and Clay.

That’s because in early January, Preston asked Clay how things were looking for the new year and his response was something like: "I’ve already hit my 6 month revenue goal.

" Yeah, it was January 7th.

NUTS! A couple weeks later—Before January was even over—Clay shared that he hit his complete revenue goal for 2021.

  That’s 12 months of revenue just in January.

Naturally, Preston had to get clay on a call and find out what he had been doing.

It’s a conversation you won’t want to miss.



S10 E4 — 12 Mo. of Revenue in 30 Days

On today’s show, it’s just Preston and Clay. That’s because in early January, Preston asked Clay how things were looking for the new year and his response was something like: "I’ve already hit my 6 month revenue goal." Yeah, it was January 7th. NUTS! A couple weeks later—Before January was ....

S10 E3 — Less Convincing, More Closing.

On today’s episode we have a coaching call with Shelley, who works in the music industry—which can be a tough gig right now, but Shelley is making it work.

There’s just a small problem with her principal business—booking artists into venues.

Getting clients to understand the value Shelley brings to the table is proving more difficult than she imagined.

After digging a bit deeper, Clay and I realize this is a simple messaging problem.

A common pitfall in marketing.

If you, like Shelley, want to get clients to say “yes” more quickly with less hesitation, stay tuned because, like Shelley, you might just need to tweak your messaging.

S10 E3 — Less Convincing, More Closing.

On today’s episode we have a coaching call with Shelley, who works in the music industry—which can be a tough gig right now, but Shelley is making it work. There’s just a small problem with her principal business—booking artists into venues. Getting clients to understand the value Shelley br ....

S10 E2 — Are You Stuck in "Create" Mode?

On today’s show, we have a chat with Erica who, frankly, intimidates both Clay and me.

That’s because Erica is working with some of the brightest people in the world to solve some of the biggest problems faced by humanity.

But despite working with some incredible clients and solving some meaningful problems, Erica is stuck when it comes to moving her business to the next level.

What we uncover during the conversation is Erica (like so many of us) is perhaps getting the cart before the horse by developing a massive, university-level course for PhDs before she ever tests the market to see if people will buy.

Since Clay and I are both admittedly more salesmen than educators, we offer an alternative approach that seems to resonate.

  If you’re stuck in “create” mode and can’t seem to get to the “launch” or “revenue” stage in your business, then have a listen, because we’ve got some good advice for you in this episode.

S10 E2 — Are You Stuck in "Create" Mode?

On today’s show, we have a chat with Erica who, frankly, intimidates both Clay and me. That’s because Erica is working with some of the brightest people in the world to solve some of the biggest problems faced by humanity. But despite working with some incredible clients and solving some meaning ....

S10 E1 — 3 Ways to "Spy" on Your Ideal Client

3 Ways to Spy on Your Target Audience  On today’s episode, we have a coaching call with Nikolai—a freelance Webflow developer living and working in New Zealand.

Nikolai’s entire freelance business completely turned around when he decided to focus exclusively on Webflow, showcasing the power of finding your niche as a creative.

And while Nikolai has seen a nice bump in new leads and more projects from sites like Upwork and networks like Dribbble, he’s not 100% sure how to find more of his ideal audience.

From that question, Clay leads us into 3 ways he has successfully “spied” on his target audience to learn what their pain points are and eventually create the perfect product to sell them.

S10 E1 — 3 Ways to "Spy" on Your Ideal Client

3 Ways to Spy on Your Target Audience  On today’s episode, we have a coaching call with Nikolai—a freelance Webflow developer living and working in New Zealand. Nikolai’s entire freelance business completely turned around when he decided to focus exclusively on Webflow, showcasing the power o ....

S9 E14 — Leader vs. Entrepreneur

S9 E14 — Leader vs. Entrepreneur

On today’s episode, we have a great coaching call with Andrea, who’s growing her agency—helping companies get the most out of the popular marketing software, Hubspot.  Andrea has hired contractors to help grow her business in the past and just a month before this conversation, Andrea hired he ....

S9 E13 — Are You Optimizing for Profit?

S9 E13 — Are You Optimizing for Profit?

On today’s episode, we chat with Yusef who’s building his own small product design agency. Yusef’s got a lot going for him: he’s got great cashflow, he’s getting new clients regularly, and he enjoys the work he’s doing. But when it comes to the most profitable projects in his business, h ....

S9 E12 — Getting Out of Your Own Way

S9 E12 — Getting Out of Your Own Way

In today’s episode, we chat with an up-and-coming agency-builder, Maddie. And during our conversation we come up against one of the most common issues hold many of us back: Getting out of our own way. The thing is, Maddie is extremely bright. She’s got a lot of great things going. And she’s go ....

S E — Will Clients “Subscribe” to Freelancing?

S E — Will Clients “Subscribe” to Freelancing?

On today’s episode we mix it up a bit with Craig Solid—a consultant in the healthcare space. Craig’s business is going well and he’s trying to figure out how to better serve his clients on an ongoing basis and potential find some subscription revenue as well. What we uncover is a potential m ....

S9 E11 — Make Art, Make Money

S9 E11 — Make Art, Make Money

On today’s show I (Preston) have a really great conversation with James O-Reilly, an indie artist who’s working on making the transition from freelancer to founder. James has had heaps of work come in over the last year which is good because he's making good money as an artist, but he’s not ex ....

S9 E10 — Working From Anywhere (Remote Works Podcast Sneak Peek)

S9 E10 — Working From Anywhere (Remote Works Podcast Sneak Peek)

To listen to more episodes or subscribe to Remote Works, click here. On today's bonus episode, I share with you a fun podcast called 'Remote Work' from the team at Citrix. You know how, before Covid, only a relative few of us knew how great it was to work from anywhere? Well, Remote Works is on a mi ....

S9 E7 — The Truth About Being a ‘Founder’

S9 E7 — The Truth About Being a ‘Founder’

On today’s episode, we chat with Chase, a co-founder at Electric Eye. They help Direct-to-Consumer Shopify brands make more money. Like Clay and me, Chase started out as a freelancer, but over the last five years he and his business partner have grown their agency to eight employees. In this conve ....

S9 E6 — Giving Yourself a $40K Raise + Investing in People

S9 E6 — Giving Yourself a $40K Raise + Investing in People

On this week’s episode, we check back in with one of our favorite guests from last season: Amy Kuo. Amy’s business is growing well and she even hired her first intern this year. But she still has a lot of questions about hiring and outsourcing. And since Clay and I believe whole-heartedly that p ....

S9 E5 — Attracting the Best Projects

S9 E5 — Attracting the Best Projects

You'll be happier and wealthier if you can learn how to attract the right kinds of freelance jobs in your career. On today’s episode, I’m joined by a special guest coach, my friend Matt Olpinski, as we offer some coaching to Wyatt Hill.  Wyatt’s got a really unique situation: his boss allows  ....

S9 E4 — Getting Clients to Treat You Like an Agency

S9 E4 — Getting Clients to Treat You Like an Agency

On today’s show, I’m joined by a good friend of mine, Chelsea Baldwin as a special guest coach. Together, we coach Australian freelancer-turned-agency-builder Caroline. She has built up a nice freelance business and has begun to work with subcontractors to begin scaling her business. But she’s ....

S9 E3 — The Power of Automation

S9 E3 — The Power of Automation

On today’s episode, Preston has a one-on-one conversation with James Rose. James is a total rockstar when it comes to automating tasks in your business. In fact, as you’ll hear by the end of this conversation, in order to accomplish everything James automates in his business, he’d have to hire ....

S9 E2 — Control Freaks Can Scale Too...Here's How

S9 E2 — Control Freaks Can Scale Too...Here's How

On today’s show, we have a really great conversation with Natalie, who has built a nice freelance design business but has also encountered some serious trouble when it comes to hiring. And even though Clay and I both know how critical hiring can be to your scaling success, we can also empathize wi ....

S9 E1 — Crushing Your To-Do List

S9 E1 — Crushing Your To-Do List

On today’s episode, we have a coaching call with Ignacio, who’s building a growing web design business in Guatemala. Ignacio’s business is doing well, but he knows if he wants to go from freelance to founder, he needs to get more organized.  So in today’s call, we coach Ignacio through how  ....

S8 E17 — How I Finally Became My Own Boss

S8 E17 — How I Finally Became My Own Boss

On today’s episode (the final episode in our eighth season) I want to turn the tables and share with you an interview I did with my friends Marc and Julia at The Clearing. I’ve done dozens of interviews over the years, but Marc seems to ask the perfect questions in this interview—leading to on ....

S8 E16 — Should You Ever Turn Down a New Client?

S8 E16 — Should You Ever Turn Down a New Client?

Do you ever get the feeling you're attracting the wrong kinds of clients for your freelance business or agency? Today's guest faces the same question: "how can I turn down clients who aren't a good fit?" Paul Chris Luke spent his first few years out of college working at an agency doing digital mark ....

S E — I Caught Covid-19 and Lost Half My Business. But Then....

S E — I Caught Covid-19 and Lost Half My Business. But Then....

Imagine catching the coronavirus and losing half of your clients in less than 48 hours. That's what happened to today's guest, Jim Huffman. Jim runs GrowthHit, a conversion-focused agency serving tech companies and startups. When Covid-19 hit the U.S. in March of this year, Jim got an email from one ....

S8 E14 — Getting Clients via Affiliates, Social Media, or Email

S8 E14 — Getting Clients via Affiliates, Social Media, or Email

On today’s show, we talk with Akshat Choudhary who runs a thriving business called BlogVault. Despite having over 10,000 customers and a growing team, Akshat’s not sure where to go next when it comes to getting more customers. That all-to-common problem leads us to a conversation on building an  ....

S8 E13 — How to Scale When You Feel Too Busy

S8 E13 — How to Scale When You Feel Too Busy

On today’s episode, we have a great conversation with Will Gibbons—a product rendering expert who works with huge brands like Pelaton, 3M, Vizio and more. After a year of working for himself, Will is facing perhaps one of the best problems you can ask for as a freelancer: He’s got too many cli ....

S8 E12 — Fixing Awkward Money Conversations w/ Clients

S8 E12 — Fixing Awkward Money Conversations w/ Clients

On this week’s episode we have a heart-to-heart chat with Bri Earles, a freelance social media manager and virtual assistant. Bri has never had any trouble getting new social media clients. But whenever Bri thinks about having money conversations or raising her prices, she kinda freezes up—using ....

S E — Cold Pitching vs. Content Marketing

S E — Cold Pitching vs. Content Marketing

On today’s call, we chat with Mihai Zamfir who has done some incredible work in building a presentation design company. Mihai gets a fair amount of new clients using sites like Upwork and other freelance marketplaces, but he’s ready to start finding better clients in more intentional ways. All o ....

S8 E10 — You're a Bottleneck—and it's Killing Your Business

S8 E10 — You're a Bottleneck—and it's Killing Your Business

On this week’s episode, we talk with Jason Vance, a former web design freelancer who’s building his next company in marketing. In just 9 months, Jason has hired 9 employees for his marketing agency because there's a whole lot of work that needs to get done. But now Jason feels like he may be hol ....

S8 E9 — An Audience is Not a Business

S8 E9 — An Audience is Not a Business

On this week’s episode, Clay and Preston have a heart-to-heart chat with Rodney Little, a UX/UI designer who wants to build an audience-first business. But Rodney, a side-hustler with a full-time job, has been kicking this idea around in his mind for a whopping five years—so in this episode, Cla ....

S8 E8 — Do I Really Have to Be the CEO?

S8 E8 — Do I Really Have to Be the CEO?

On today’s show, we talk with Spencer Blaiklok—a freelance animator who dreams of building something bigger. But, like most creatives, Spencer doesn’t want to give up the fun creative work in order to sit behind a desk or in meetings all day, hating his job. In this episode, Clay and I walk Sp ....

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