Training Clients to Work Your Way with Curtis McHale on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 36

Curtis McHale took his training as a counselor and applied it to his work in web development, writing books and articles and hosting a podcast to help small businesses define their processes. He also coaches freelancers about how to optimize their work around the life they want to lead. Along the way he’s learned how to delegate the tasks he doesn’t enjoy, while holding onto the ones he finds energizing. In this episode, Curtis will explain how he trains his clients not to send him emails, he’ll share the process he follows to separate his work time from his personal time, and he’ll tell us how he turned his passion for Lego into a branding tool for his business.

Where to find Curtis online:

Personal Website: https://curtismchale.ca/

Consulting Website: http://sfndesign.ca/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/curtismchale

Running an Effective Project: http://sfndesign.ca/Project-Success/

Resources Curtis Mentioned

Boagworld: https://boagworld.com/show/

Red Booth: https://redbooth.com/

Trello: https://trello.com/

Calendly: https://calendly.com/

Omni Focus: https://www.omnigroup.com/omnifocus

Lego: https://www.lego.com/

Forty Eight Days to the Work You Love by Dan Miller: www.48days.com

Jeff Goins: http://goinswriter.com/

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins: http://artofworkbook.com/

The Essential Gandhi: https://books.google.com.ph/books/about/The_Essential_Gandhi.html?id=gz6l-vCVgxQC&redir_esc=y

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield: http://www.stevenpressfield.com/the-war-of-art/

How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/567610.How_to_Read_a_Book

Freelancing and Business Consulting Success with Brennan Dunn on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 26

Brennan Dunn is on a mission to get freelancers to start thinking of themselves as business consultants. His company, Double Your Freelancing, grew out of his own experiences moving from independent developer to running his own agency, launching and selling a software-as-a-service product, and eventually publishing books and classes and running conferences designed to help other people selling their services learn the tricks he discovered along the way. In this episode Brennan will explain how he benefitted from joining a $2,000 a month mastermind group, why he prices his conferences to break even rather than doing them for profit, and why he would never again start a business by launching a software-as-a-service product.

Where to find Brennan online

Double Your Freelancing: https://doubleyourfreelancing.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/brennandunn

Resources Brennan mentioned

Planscope: http://planscope.io/

Amy Hoy: https://unicornfree.com/

30×500: https://30×500.com/

Xander Castro: http://www.startupeventsolutions.com/

Patrick McKenzie: http://www.kalzumeus.com/

Trello: https://trello.com/

Slack: https://slack.com/

WordPress: https://wordpress.com/

Respecting the Power of Good Product Management with Rich Mironov on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 23

Quick, explain the differences among Sales, Marketing, Engineering, and Product Management. If you work in a company with one or more of these organizations and the answer doesn’t trip easily off your tongue, then you might want to listen to Rich Mironov. Rich is a Product Management expert who helps companies understand and respect the differences, and improve how these groups work together. Rich makes the case that “Product is not in charge of shipping on time, but Product is in charge of shipping the right thing that customers need and will pay for.” In this episode, Rich discusses exactly how he builds and maintains his strong social network, explains how leading workshops helps him stay on top of his industry, and points out the importance of defining a problem/solution set that will allow you to sell a benefit that addresses a problem your customers actually have.

Where to find Rich online

Website and blog: http://www.mironov.com/

Books: http://www.mironov.com/book/

LinkedIn Articles: https://www.linkedin.com/today/author/richmironov

LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richmironov

Twitter: https://twitter.com/richmironov

Resources Rich mentioned

Evernote: https://evernote.com/

Tristan Kromer: http://www.tristankromer.com/

Laura Klein: http://www.usersknow.com/

Hewlett-Packard: http://www.hp.com/

IDEO: https://www.ideo.com/

Rolodex: http://rolodex.com/

Myers-Briggs Test: http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/

VMWare: http://www.vmware.com/ap

Salesforce: https://www.salesforce.com/

Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/

Teresa Torres: http://www.producttalk.org/about/

Building Your Community First with Alex Hillman on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 19

A lot of people think of a coworking arrangement as renting a desk when you can’t work anywhere else. But Alex Hillman, the founder of Indy Hall, sees it as an opportunity to build a community, and maybe even help define the future of professional relationships both in and out of physical space. In this episode, Alex will tell us how the loneliness of freelancing drove him to start looking for alternatives to working in isolation, what it takes to train a team to nurture solid connections, and how a third-grade experience with fish sticks got him started down the path toward changing the world one relationship at a time.

Where to find Alex online

Blog: http://dangerouslyawesome.com/

Indy Hall: http://www.indyhall.org/

Podcast: http://listen.coworkingweekly.com/

Personal Site: http://alexhillman.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexhillman

Resources Alex mentioned

Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/

Chris Messina: http://chrismessina.me/

Tara Hunt: http://www.tarahunt.com/

Simon Sinek: https://www.startwithwhy.com/

Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek: https://www.startwithwhy.com/tabid/81/Default?ProductID=lelbook

Crowdcast: https://www.crowdcast.io/

Slack: https://slack.com/

30×500: https://30×500.com/academy/

GroupBuzz: http://groupbuzz.io/

Helping Yourself by Helping Others with Ryan Waggoner on Hack the Process Podcast, Episode 13

Freelancing can be tough, but after nine years consulting as a mobile developer, Ryan Waggoner has learned some ways to make it more approachable from the start, and more profitable as your business grows. Ryan still consults with clients directly on mobile projects while also running LetsMakeApps.io, a curated daily lead service that helps other freelancers find new opportunities in design and development for web and mobile. In this interview he shares with us the patterns he’s built into his daily routine to make sure his top priorities are always addressed first, where to put the focus when planning a new project, and why he thinks charging by the hour is a disservice to both the client and the freelancer.

Where to Find Ryan:

Ryan’s website: http://www.ryanwaggoner.com/

Mobile CTO site: http://mobilecto.io/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ryanwaggoner

Resources Ryan Mentioned:

Let’s Make Apps (with a special bonus for Hack the Process listeners): https://letsmakeapps.io/hacktheprocess

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: http://www.dalecarnegie.com/about-us/dale-carnegie-books/

Never Eat Alone: by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz: http://keithferrazzi.com/products/never-eat-alone

Craigslist: https://www.craigslist.org/

GitHub: https://github.com/

Basecamp: https://basecamp.com/

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey: https://www.stephencovey.com/7habits/7habits.php