The Freelance Dance

The Freelance Dance

Working for yourself can be a lonely endeavor, and that's why we decided to have a weekly conversation to exchange ideas and discuss the humorous (and painful) aspects of freelancing. With a mix of design, marketing, and PR experience, we'll guide you through strategies and tools that can help you master the freelance dance.

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September 9, 2021 58 min
In this episode, the guys discuss AI-powered assistants and devices. Episode Links: CopyAI (https://www.copy.ai/) Copysmith (https://copysmith.ai/) Jarvis (https://www.jarvis.ai/) Bubble (https://bubble.io/) Apple IIe (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_IIe) The Freelance Dance Picks of the Week: Jake’s Pick: Nurse Escape (https://simonelmono.itch.io/nurse-escape) (homemade video game) Marty’s Pick: GitHub Copilot (https://copilot...
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In this episode, the guys discuss the changing dynamics of work. Now that many companies are giving employees greater flexibility, is it time for freelancers to consider going corporate? Episode Link: Major Startups and Tech Companies Take Pledge to Let Employees ‘Work Remotely Forever’, Launch Microsite (https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210624005705/en/Major-Startups-and-Tech-Companies-Take-Pledge-to-Let-Employees-%E2%80%9...
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July 5, 2021 55 min
In this episode, the guys discuss a return to RSS and why building a good foundation for your business is so important. Episode Links: Clubhouse (https://www.joinclubhouse.com/) ScheduleOnce (https://www.oncehub.com/scheduleonce) Typeform (https://typeform.com/) Reeder (https://reederapp.com/) Spark (https://sparkmailapp.com/) Things (https://culturedcode.com/things/) Trello (https://trello.com/) Building a StoryBrand (https://bui...
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June 22, 2021 64 min
In this episode, the guys discuss music services, news from Apple's WWDC, and what it's like to use an Android (😱) smartphone. Episode Links: Spotify (https://www.spotify.com/) Apple Music (https://www.apple.com/apple-music/) Pandora (https://www.pandora.com/) Dolby Atmos (https://www.dolby.com/technologies/dolby-atmos/) AirPods Pro (https://www.apple.com/airpods-pro/) Craft (https://www.craft.do/) Oculus Quest 2 (h...
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June 7, 2021 52 min
When was the last time you made a change to your business? In this episode, the guys discuss the importance of experimenting and adapting, plus they answer a listener's question about creating a video series to attract clients. Episode Links: Apple TV (https://www.apple.com/tv/) Alfred (https://www.alfredapp.com/) Raycast (https://raycast.com/) BetterTouchTool (https://folivora.ai/) Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message S...
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In this episode, the guys discuss their podcast habits, ad tracking, and Apple's AR/VR future. Also, are you Jimmy Ray? We want to know. Episode Links: Back to Work (https://5by5.tv/b2w/) Is This Anything? - Jerry Seinfeld (https://www.amazon.com/Is-This-Anything/dp/1471195589/ref=sr_1_7?crid=17H8DT2EU323S&dchild=1&keywords=jerry+seinfeld&qid=1621735608&sprefix=jerry+seinfeld%2Cap...
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April 26, 2021 57 min
Good design is subjective, but freelancers need to know how to use design to their advantage. In this episode, the guys aren't able to agree on which design trends you should follow, but somehow they do agree on the best designed website. Episode Links Fountain (Duchamp) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fountain_(Duchamp)) Inconsolata - Google Fonts (https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Inconsolata) Plex - Google Fonts (https://font...
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April 19, 2021 47 min
In this episode, the guys discuss the opportunities that exist when you can work from anywhere. Is there an ideal city or location to work from? What should you consider when deciding where to live? The Freelance Dance Picks of the Week: Jake’s Pick: HiHo (https://www.hiho.video/) (video conversations) Marty’s Pick: Coinbase (https://www.coinbase.com/) (buy and sell cryptocurrency) Brandon’s Pick: MindNode (https://mindnode.com/) (...
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April 12, 2021 56 min
Unfortunately, many businesses aren't clear about how they help their customers. Without even realizing it, freelancers and businesses of all sorts are confusing potential customers and causing them to look somewhere else for help. The simplest message is the one that wins. In this episode, the guys discuss how the StoryBrand framework is the key to telling your company's story in an appealing way that leads to more busines...
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April 5, 2021 61 min
Burnout is a constant threat for freelancers. If you haven't felt it in some way yet, just wait—you will. In this episode, the guys discuss how burnout can creep up on you and what you can do to defeat it. Episode Links: Austin Kleon (https://austinkleon.com/) Jim Kwik (https://jimkwik.com/) You Will Never Be Lazy Again (https://youtu.be/REeROakzwfU) Pavlok (https://pavlok.com/) People: This Company Will Pay You $2,400 to Turn...
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It's impossible to be an expert at everything. Sometimes there are tasks in your business that you could handle on your own, but the quality of the work wouldn't be nearly as good as if a professional did the job for you. In this episode, the guys discuss freelance platforms and how they can be used to find help and get jobs. Episode Links: Upwork (https://www.upwork.com/) 99designs (https://99designs.com/) Fiverr (https://...
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March 22, 2021 50 min
The guys discuss the lessons they've learned in managing money for their businesses. Episode Links: SoundSource (https://rogueamoeba.com/soundsource/) Rogue Amoeba (https://rogueamoeba.com/) Profit First (https://profitfirstbook.com/) Fender (https://www.fender.com/) The Freelance Dance Picks of the Week: Jake: Selling unused stuff Marty: Whimsical (https://whimsical.com/) (suite of collaboration tools) Brandon: The Most Danger...
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March 15, 2021 61 min
The guys discuss how you can use referrals to grow your business. Episode Link: Product Hunt (https://www.producthunt.com/) The Freelance Dance Picks of the Week: Jake: Caveday (https://www.caveday.org/) (deep focus sessions facilitated daily) Marty: Session (https://www.stayinsession.com/) (Pomodoro focus timer with analytics) Brandon: MyHeritage Deep Nostalgia (https://www.myheritage.com/deep-nostalgia) (animate faces in photos) ...
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The guys discuss the importance of developing patience as a freelancer. The Freelance Dance Picks of the Week: Jake: MacBook Pro 13" (https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro-13/) Marty: City Planner Plays (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8WAaaW2FnctRI9coYJoUdA) (YouTube channel featuring gameplay footage of Cities: Skylines) Brandon: Crunchbase Pro (https://about.crunchbase.com/products/crunchbase-pro/) (tech company database) The ...
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March 1, 2021 54 min
The guys discuss the events that made them become freelancers. Episode Link: Liberty BASIC (http://www.libertybasic.com/) The Freelance Dance Picks of the Week: Jake: Renpho Eye Therapy Massager (https://renpho.com/products/eye-therapy-massager) Marty: Eagle (https://eagle.cool/) (organize images) Brandon: Biteable (https://biteable.com/welcome/) (video maker) The Freelance Dance Around the Web: Twitter: @_freelancedance (http...
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February 22, 2021 54 min
The guys discuss design, marketing, and PR trends for 2021. Episode Links: Building a StoryBrand (https://buildingastorybrand.com) Bubble (https://bubble.io) Webflow (https://webflow.com) Pixel Geek (https://www.pixelgeek.co) The Freelance Dance Picks of the Week: Jake: Clubhouse (https://www.joinclubhouse.com) (drop-in audio chat) Marty: Aqueux (https://hector.me/aqueux) (dynamic wallpapers for desktop & mobile) Brandon: C...
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The guys discuss Clubhouse and the opportunities that it offers for freelancers. Episode Link: Clubhouse (https://www.joinclubhouse.com) The Freelance Dance Picks of the Week: Jake: Lawyer cat filter video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f9eDBpnkaU) (watch this immediately) Marty: Tailscale (https://tailscale.com) (VPN service) Brandon: Gaffrey Art Material (https://gaffreyartmaterial.com) (art supplies and kits) The Freelan...
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February 8, 2021 57 min
The guys discuss what productizing means and how it can open up new opportunities for your business. They also answer a listener's question about monitor setups. Episode Links: Productize & Scale (https://productizeandscale.com) Productize Podcast (https://productizeandscale.com/podcast/) Shultz Photo School (https://shultzphotoschool.com) The Freelance Dance Picks of the Week: Jake: SaneBox (https://www.sanebox.com) (em...
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February 1, 2021 81 min
The guys discuss work/life trends from 2020 that will impact 2021 and answer a listener's question about when you should accept a lower rate for your work. The Freelance Dance Picks of the Week: Jake: Noom (https://www.noom.com) (mobile apps that provide nutrition & exercise coaching) Marty: Figma (https://www.figma.com) (collaborative interface design tool) Brandon: Vidyard (https://www.vidyard.com) (video messaging for bu...
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January 25, 2021 60 min
The guys discuss the characteristics of their ideal clients. Episode Links: Zapier (https://zapier.com/) StoryBrand (https://storybrand.com/) Bear (https://bear.app/) Asana (https://asana.com/) Apple Fitness+ (https://www.apple.com/apple-fitness-plus/) Peloton (https://www.onepeloton.com/) The Freelance Dance Picks of the Week: Jake: 40x24 Magnetic Mobile Whiteboard (non-affiliate) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Q6Y4TZ9/...
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