Free Agents

David Sparks and Jason Snell spent their careers working for the establishment. Then one day, they’d had enough. Now they are independent workers, learning what it takes to succeed in the 21st century. They are… free agents.

#15: Put on the Business Hat

February 21st, 2017 · 41 minutes

You can't earn a living as a Free Agent if you don't get paid. In this episode we discuss why the sign of a true professional is ensuring that they're being compensated. Why is getting paid so hard? How do we handle billing? When you're on your own, you're the one who has to make sure that the money is flowing in. If you don't get paid, you won't …


#14: Putting Numbers in Boxes, with Andrew Carroll

February 7th, 2017 · 38 minutes

A new year brings accounting and tax challenges for independent workers, so we asked accountant and financial advisor Andrew Carroll to join us. Andrew recently went out on his own and now provides tax and financial advice to free agents and entrepreneurs.


#13: Promotion Can Feel Gross

January 24th, 2017 · 39 minutes

Being good at what you do isn't enough. You also need customers, clients, or whatever else you need to pay for shoes. That may mean you have to do a little promotion of your own. But you can be really great at what you do and still terrible at self-promotion. Tricky stuff!


#12: Right Now It's Only Me, with Katie Floyd

January 10th, 2017 · 43 minutes

Very recently David's Mac Power Users co-host, Katie Floyd, left her law firm and went out on her own. We ask Katie about making the move, her workspace and work habits, and the issues of adding support staff and partners versus staying entirely independent.


#11: Balancing Dollars and Delight

December 14th, 2016 · 23 minutes

One of the best things an independent worker can do is invest in both belts and suspenders. We discuss cultivating and managing multiple income streams, and both the risks and benefits of getting your money from a bunch of different places.


#10: Indie Vacation

November 29th, 2016 · 37 minutes

We discuss planning and taking vacations as an independent worker. How do you set client expectations? How do you set boundaries with the people you're traveling with? What's the best way to get prepared for taking a trip? Most importantly, we talk about the importance of taking time off and meaning it.


#9: The Feedback Episode

November 15th, 2016 · 52 minutes

In a wide-ranging episode, David and Jason answer your letters and tweets.


#8: Email Is Not Your Job

November 1st, 2016 · 27 minutes

Email can be a vital communication mechanism, but it can also be a black hole of lost productivity. David and Jason discuss managing email and setting rules about how you use it.


#7: Be Like a Duck

October 18th, 2016 · 40 minutes

So you've decided to leave the nest. What can you do to prepare while you're still working for the man? What's the right way to give notice, and prepare for the aftermath? David and Jason discuss getting set up, preparing your loved ones for the change, rehearsing your big break-up speech, and the importance of not panicking when everything goes s…


#6: The Shawshank Redemption, with Shahid Kamal Ahmad

October 4th, 2016 · 48 minutes

PlayStation veteran Shahid Kamal Ahmad left Sony to become an independent game developer. We discuss why he left and how he schedules his workday in his garden shed, the ShaShed.