David Sparks and Mike Schmitz 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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#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.

#5: Envision a Bonfire

September 21st, 2016 · 31 minutes

Clients: Getting them (by marketing yourself), keeping them, and the dangers and rewards of taking them with you from your previous job.

#4: Location, Location, Location

September 6th, 2016 · 39 minutes

Deciding where to get your work done can be a difficult challenge for an independent worker. Can you work out of the house? Does renting office space make sense? What about co-working spaces, or that long wooden table at your neighborhood Starbucks? There are a lot of options.

#3: My Curse and My Reward, with Myke Hurley

August 25th, 2016 · 42 minutes

Myke Hurley, co-founder of Relay FM, discusses transitioning from his bank job to a full-time podcaster, including the inherent contradictions in working a dream job that never lets you take a vacation.