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Y U No Tell me: Distractions

This is the ninth 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. Let’s do a couple quick math problems together. 5 + 1 = 6. I think we both agree on that. How…

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Y U No Tell me: Estimates suck

This is the eighth 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. We’re just over half way through the series. To make sure you catch ’em all, be sure to sign up to…

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Y U No Tell Me: Long-term clients are awesome!

This is the seventh 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 have always been leery of companies that immediately try and lock me in to long term deals. How can they…

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Y U No Tell me: It is OK to fire a client

This is the sixth 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. Here’s a news flash for you, not every project you take on is going to go smoothly. Sometimes you’ll be to…

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Y U No Tell me: Over Communicate

This is the fifth 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. Back in 2001 while working at my previous job, I got in to work one day around 8 am. A client,…

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Y U No Tell me: Who needs contracts?

This is the fourth 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 can answer this one in two words; you do! Over the past 5 years, my company has been extremely fortunate.…

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Y U No Tell me: They don’t know what they need

This is the third 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 I first started working at my previous job it was just me and my boss. The company would eventually grow…

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Y U No Tell me: Jargon

This is the second 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. Let me set the scene for you The phone rings. I answer it and the person on the other end says…

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Y U No Tell me; a blog series

In April of 2014, I gave a 10 minute lightening talk at WordCamp Minneapolis where I (quickly) covered a set of lessons I’ve learned that I wish somebody had told me about before I started my company. I received a lot of positive feedback about the session and it made me wish I had the…

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But does the client know?

Yesterday I was on a call with a client when I was reminded of a lesson I had learned early on at my last job. It was a little more than a decade ago, I got to my desk around 8am and checked my email. There was an URGENT email from a client, we’ll call…

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