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A powerful phrase to remember

This week at work we made a change in staffing. We moved somebody out of one group in to another group. Not a promotion or demotion. Just a move. Still, when I passed along the news, I was sensitive to the fact that any time somebody is moved to a new position, there is the potential…

How to painlessly shop on craigslist

When I think of online shopping, I immediately think Amazon. If I think of an item I want to buy, I check amazon first. Having had Amazon Prime for the past 6 years or so, I've become quite accustomed to free two day shipping. Plus returns are about as painless as it comes. So of course…

Plugin-A-Palooza entry: CC: Devs

This year for WordCamp Orange County, the organizers have put together an event called Plugin-A-Palooza. To enter you simply needed to come up with an idea for a plugin, write it and release it to the WordPress plugin repo by a certain date. When I first heard about it I thought to myself, “This is…

Services and Products. Or, presenting in an interview setting.

Earlier this month I spent a week in Maui. The first part of the week was spent checking out the island and several amazing places to eat. But the end of the week, and the actual reason I was in Maui to begin with was spent at WordCamp Maui. Tough place to have to go…

Mea culpa. Now what?

Today, I made a mistake. OK, that's not news. I make several mistakes every day. But today's mistake cost my company a client. More about that in a minute, first I want to tell you a quick story. A few years back I had a call lined up with a potential client. About 15 minutes…

Y U No Tell me: Make time for you

This is the 14th and final post in a series called Y U No Tell me; Lessons learned from building a WordPress development business. For a list of all posts in the series, please start here. I work a lot. I always have. I also have an obsessive personality, so if there's something I like…

Y U No Tell me: You can't do it all yourself

This is the 13th post in a series called Y U No Tell me; Lessons learned from building a WordPress development business. For a list of all posts in the series, please start here. This post could also have been titled “The Control Freak Syndrome.” When we were getting started with 9seeds, we were trying…

Y U No Tell me: It's not about the platform

This is the 12th post in a series called Y U No Tell me; Lessons learned from building a WordPress development business. For a list of all posts in the series, please start here. WordPress is not the Golden Hammer. There. I said it. Even though we specialize in WordPress development, we always keep that…

Y U No Tell Me: Company Names

This is the 11th post in a series called Y U No Tell me; Lessons learned from building a WordPress development business. For a list of all posts in the series, please start here. When you're first starting a company, something that you need to spend some time on is coming up with a company…