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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#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.

#2: Booked Up With Myself

August 9th, 2016 · 25 minutes

Just because you're independent doesn't mean you don't need a schedule. This episode is about building (and breaking) routines.

#1: The Temptation of Yes

July 26th, 2016 · 35 minutes

In our very first episode, David and Jason discuss narrowing scope and taking on too much work.