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.

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#34: I Think I Just Got Fired, with Marco Arment

November 14th, 2017 · 50 minutes

App developer, podcaster, analyst, and secret entrepreneur Marco Arment joins us to discuss his journey from college to Tumblr, building Instapaper, getting quit-fired, setting out on his own, and working in bursts of productivity.

#33: When You Say Yes to Everything

October 31st, 2017 · 54 minutes

On Halloween, David and Jason revamp the podcast with a new format. David struggles with how he's spending his time. Jason tries to figure out when to say no and gets a better perspective about how well his business is doing, prompted by a job inquiry from a former co-worker.

#32: It's Scary, Dude! with Kathy Campbell

October 17th, 2017 · 47 minutes

Unicorn Sidekick Kathy Campbell joins us to discuss how she ended up becoming a Free Agent while behind a desk at her "real job," when having her new career discovered her.

#31: Being Selective About Clients, with Aleen Simms

October 3rd, 2017 · 37 minutes

Relay FM Host and App Launch Map founder Aleen Simms joins us to talk about her accidental fall into freelance work and setting high standards for her clients.

#30: Tito Needs to Pay the Rent

September 19th, 2017 · 46 minutes

So you're working in a house full of kids. Or a partner who is there all the time. It can make working from home difficult to say the least. We discuss the good and bad of working around kids (and others) who are in your house with you.

#29: The Spreadsheet

September 5th, 2017 · 40 minutes

So you're thinking about going out on your own. It's time to build The Spreadsheet, a tool to let you gauge your potential income and expenses and give you a realistic view of what it will take to succeed.

#28: David's Origin Story

August 22nd, 2017 · 47 minutes

Jason asks David to explain where he came from, the background of his career, and what the circumstances were that led him to become an independent worker, and then asks him to reflect on his two-plus years no longer being employed by a law firm.

#27: Bird in the Bush

August 8th, 2017 · 43 minutes

Passion projects can be an enjoyable outlet. But how do you balance the work that pays the bills with the work that feeds the soul?

#26: A Batphone to My Heart

July 25th, 2017 · 58 minutes

Telephones and text messaging seem like necessary evils at best, but for many small businesses they're required. You just need to figure out how to use them effectively--and set rules so that they aren't abused. While Jason leaves the phone off the hook, David describes his trial of Google Voice and ultimate decision to use a live receptionist ser…

#25: Breadcrumb of My Life, with Stephen Hackett

July 11th, 2017 · 56 minutes

Relay FM co-founder Stephen Hackett discusses his origin story, including an abortive attempt at being an Apple blogger, a fateful meeting over tea with Jason and David, how he left his job to become a full-time podcast entrepreneur, and the personal challenges he first encountered when he went independent.