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#17: Stop Digging

March 21st, 2017 · 28 minutes

Not all clients are good clients. If you don't manage the herd, you could lose the farm. This is why it's important to consider the right time, and right way, to fire a client.

#16: R2-D2 on My Desk

March 7th, 2017 · 53 minutes

Jason and David discuss their home-office set-ups and the challenges they face when working in a house they share with other people.

#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 true professionals ensuring they're being compensated. When you're on your own, you're the one who has to make sure that the money is flowing in.

#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.

#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 means you need to promote yourself. But you can be really great at what you do and still be terrible at self-promotion.

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

January 10th, 2017 · 43 minutes

David's Mac Power Users co-host Katie Floyd, a very recent Free Agent herself, tells us about the early days of her independent life.

#11: Balancing Dollars and Delight

December 14th, 2016 · 23 minutes

We discuss cultivating and managing multiple income streams, why it's so important to do so, and both the risks and benefits of getting your money from a bunch of different places.

#10: Indie Vacation

November 29th, 2016 · 37 minutes

Planning and taking vacations as an independent worker.

#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

Managing email and setting rules about how you use it.