David Sparks and Mike Schmitz are not nearly as productive as they’d like to be. Join these fellow travelers (and a bunch of special guests) as they share the best ways to get focused, and talk though their successes and failures along the way.

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#36: My App Story, with John Voorhees

December 12th, 2017 · 40 minutes

John Voorhees of MacStories is a brand-new free agent, a lawyer who left his job in Chicago to set out on his own as a writer and app developer. He tells us how he decided to leave the legal profession and go full time as an independent worker.

#35: I Guess I'm Felix Unger

November 28th, 2017 · 59 minutes

David and Jason discuss the importance of prep time, resetting your balance, gauging the value of your work, time tracking, managing ongoing commitments, getting sick and keeping clients happy, and the value of uncluttered office space.

#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?