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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…

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,…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

Getting the most out of GiveCamp

I recently took part in the second annual Las Vegas GiveCamp event, which is a weekend long hack-a-thon for charity. The way it works is pretty cool. They invite a number of Non-Profit groups who are looking for some assistance, then they invite dozens of volunteers to spend the weekend helping the Non-Profits in whatever…

A short story about a shirt

To say I have a lot of t-shirts would be quite an understatement. I go to a pretty good number of conferences and other events that hand out free shirts, I buy funny shirts from places like 6dollarshirts.com, and I absolutely love buying shirts from concerts I attend. This Micky & the Motorcars shirt falls…

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…