January Freelancer Meetup Notes – 2021 Goals

Some of our wins of 2020 and goals of 2021

      • Client-developer mutual respect
        • Educate clients
        • Set boundaries/expectations
      • Find work/life balance
      • Grow!
      • Focus on big new projects
      • Keep up with all the tech
      • Get through 2021
      • Make side gig the main thing
      • Nurture partnerships
        • Subcontracting
        • Whitelabeling
        • Outsourcing
      • Learn marketing better
      • Run business more efficiently
      • More long term, bigger projects
      • Is freelance WP development right for me?
      • 2020 – lots of good word of mouth
      • Get daughter interested in doing social media management
      • Recurring revenue
      • 2020 good for going to online meetups/events and meeting new people from all over the world

Discussion

There should be a directory for partnerships

      • WPSeattle has one for WP designers/developers
      • What about for marketing, other services related to website?

Partner arrangements

      • Referral
        • Informal leads back and forth
        • Can be one-sided (not much incentive)
      • Referral w/ finder’s fee
      • Whitelabel
        • Protect reputation
        • Allows to build their business
        • Trust!

Good communication is key

      • To build trust between outsourcer and outsourcee
      • Have to be available (outsourcers face is on the line)
      • Asana – project management, transparency for outsourcing

Communication channel

      • Phone (hours)
      • Zoom (schedule)
      • Calendly, WooCommerce Bookings

Appreciation for this meetup!

Next Time Ideas?

      • Taxes
      • Lead Generation
      • History, Backgrounds – share your freelancing story
        • What do you wish you knew?
        • What makes a good freelancer?
      • it will be really good if we can do about WordPress products like themes & plugins marketing strategy.

Tools mentioned/recommended

      • https://wpseattle.org/business-directory/
      • Airtable –  – consolidate/manage online accounts. Content inventories. https://airtable.com/
      • Dubsado for contracts, proposals, invoicing: https://www.dubsado.com/
        • Mixed reviews
      • https://usepastel.com/
      • notion.com / nimbusweb.co / stackby.com / notejoy.com
      • Asana – project management, transparency for outsourcing
      • Calendly, WooCommerce Bookings
      • Harvest – time-tracking
      • David Allen’s “Getting Things Done”

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