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We talk about getting a head start with the right technology, advice, and tools for the freelancer or entrepreneur! This show is for the freelancer and entrepreneur who needs help with getting that first step in the new digital world.

We talk about getting a head start with the right technology, advice, and tools for the freelancer or entrepreneur! This show is for the freelancer and entrepreneur who needs help with getting that first step in the new digital world.
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We talk about getting a head start with the right technology, advice, and tools for the freelancer or entrepreneur! This show is for the freelancer and entrepreneur who needs help with getting that first step in the new digital world.




Selling Across State Lines and Taxes

It doesn’t matter if you’re selling a service or a physical product, you may have to pay attention to taxes when you cross that state line. Your LLC or S-Corp is your shield for taxes and can help guide you in how to take care of those taxes. Its very difficult to cover ever scenario, as your taxes can change from multi-State transactions AND how you/what are selling. Jacki and I chat about the basics of across state line taxes and how it might affect you.


FHS 30 Eating the Elephant

Don't think you have to do everything at once with your business. Pace yourself and take things one step at a time. That old joke of "How do you eat an elephant...... one bite at a time..." is a perfect analogy on how to tackle big tasks. The phrase 'Eating the Elephant' can teach us how to take our time with growth and progress to avoid burnout or more. Here are some tips to help you slow down and grow.


FHS 29 Contracts!

Some people shy away from the word “contracts” because a lot of time it triggers that feeling of “being sued”. A contract, by definition, is a promise or set of promises that are legally enforceable and, if violated, allow the injured party access to legal remedies. In short, its an agreement between two or more people.


FHS 28 The Importance of UI/UX ft Matt Rix

A product can look polished and pretty but fall flat when it comes to usability. The same can be the opposite; a dull looking app but does everything you ever want or need. Finding that nice middle ground and having a good UI/UX person on your team can really shift the outcome of your product. I chat with Matt Rix about the importance and usability of UI and UX.


FHS 27 Gotchas of Freelancing and Consulting

I don't want to talk about Freelancing and Consulting without talking about the gotchas of Freelancing and Consulting. Its not all rose colored glasses and sailing off into the sunset. Working for yourself takes a lot of hard work and dedication that some people may ignore. So if you're reading tons of blog posts of the happy and fun and great sides of working for yourself, you may be overlooking the downside all together....


FHS 26 Pop Tech ft Pete Rorabaugh

In today's world you cant get away from the internet or digital products. Pop culture is becoming more and more shaped by what goes on online and we need to pay attention. I chat with Pete Rorabaugh about how pop culture, technology, and digital culture tends to shape how we view things. We're almost at that stage where its become one and the lines are blurred.


FHS 25 Tools of the Trade

The awesomeness of being a freelancer or entrepreneur is that you decide how you want to work to get the job done. There are dozens of applications and freelancer tools out there that help you become more efficient and effective at whatever you need to do. They can range from free to pay-to-use but we cant seen to live without them. Freelancer tools wont make or break your company, but here are a few tools that you may find using over and over again.


FHS 24 Minding Your Own Business ft Candace Shilling

We're the experts but sometimes we need to look internally at our business or ourselves to make sure that we're using our own talents. We sometimes forget that WE are the experts! Don't forget to turn our own skills on ourselves. Candace Schilling and I chat about how we can 'Mind our own business' and take a look at our own business from the inside out.


FHS 23 Reiki and Energetic Healing

YOU are one of the most important pieces of your business. How you feel and your energy can cause changes with what’s going on. Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique that means universal life force energy, and flows through all of life. This technique is an alternative healing method that can help balance your life in ways you didn’t know possible. Noelle Abent and I chat about Reiki, the benefits, and how it might be able to help you.


FHS 22 Roadmapping Sessions

Win higher proposals with a Roadmapping Session. A Roadmapping Session focuses on what a home run looks like for your client, the expected outcomes, the different parts of the project, expected/wanted ROI, and helps identify potential obstacles that we may encounter. The session includes reviewing the business goals behind the project and helping to plan steps to reach these goals. You want to figure out where the client is now and find a path to where they want to be.


FHS 21 Figuring out the "WHAT"

For a lot of people, we get caught up on the “How” of a new business venture. In reality, the “what” is a lot harder to think about or figure out. We'll get charged up with a new business idea, but then get discouraged by the details of how to execute. The 'analysis paralysis’ effect comes out and shuts down out ideas or dreams. We need to push through those doubts and realize that focusing on the “how's" is the easier part. Getting your idea off the ground and past the “what” is the real...


FHS 17 Client Red Flags ft Lashia Levins

Red Flags from clients can sometimes creep in on you when you least expect it. Some red flags are obvious in-your-face problems that pop up right from the get-go. Getting clients is already a challenge in itself. Finding clients that pass the Red-Flag test is a whole nother level. Some red flags aren't even valid, but keeping an eye out for these common ones can save you time and money.


FHS 15 Turning "What if..." Into Reality ft Lisa Treadwell

Don't let your doubts hold you back from your potential. Turning "what if..." into reality can take you down a path that find you success. Having that courage to go out and TRY is a huge step forward. I chat with Lisa Treadwell, a Senior Business Analyst who then went to trucking school, on how she takes those big strides in her life to find that success.


FHS 14 A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

“Goals Setting” is something that is thrown out as something that you need to do….but...not that many people talk about the strategies for setting your goal up to succeed. You may have a vague idea of what you’d like to accomplish and count that as good enough. Each goal needs a plan, or it’s just a wish.


FHS 13 Healthy Mind and Body ft Ashley Poptodorova

Don’t ignore your body! Your healthy mind and body is what helps keep your business growing. Too many people think that in order to reach success, you have to work like a machine. Burning the midnight oil is the quickest way to burning out. In this episode, I chat with Fitness Coach Ashley Poptodorova about the importance of taking care of your body and mind as well as tips on getting started the easy way.


FHS 12 Freelancing and Building a Game Studio ft Adam Saltsman

Adam Saltsman and I chat about his journey from freelancing to building a successful game studio. We talk about what some of his first gigs where to slowly building upon his experience and always looking for the next challenge. Networking, understanding and learning when to spot opportunities, and finding your stride is always an ongoing endeavor. Building a game studio (or freelancing/entrepreneur career) wont happen overnight. Perseverance, learning from your mistakes, and finding your...


FHS 11 When to Take the Plunge

No one can tell you 100% when you are ready to step into the role of a full time freelancer or entrepreneur. It’s hard to give you an exact timeline of when you should jump in full time. In this episode we go over a few tips and pointers in setting you up to help make that transition to being your own boss a lot easier and stress free.


FHS 10 "Can you build me an app...?" ft. Alex Okafor

I sit down and have a chat with Alex Okafor about apps and app development. We go through the gambit from what IS an app, where to develop, what to develop with, and what a potential cost of your app. If you’re thinking of creating or asking someone to create an app for you, listen to this episode before you go down that long long journey….


FHS 9 Always Ask for Help!

Getting help doesn’t mean you’re failing. It means that you’re refining yourself, your product, and your craft. Help can come in a lot of forms, such as ideas or tips. No one becomes successful at what they do by themselves. There are a cast of people supporting them. YOU can’t and should not do it all yourself.


FHS Bonus: Ultimate Freelancer 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is right around the corner and a holiday gift guide is just what you need! If you’re like me, you sometimes get stuck on what to get that freelancer or entrepreneur. This handy guide goes through a few gift suggestions for you. Additional content can be found on