Just worked all day, trying to contain my sense of desperation that I had found no customers this month yet. It is summer, but still …
In the end I decided to just write 3 or 4 blog posts about both WordPress and business-mindset when you run a one-man show and have to do the online-stuff as well: How to get time for it all …
Not only was the lack of income getting to me, but also the sense that I wasn’t providing value – not using my skills and experience for any good for anyone.… Read more
Got a gig today where I had to redesign a website but couldn’t do it. I was sure that the redesigns were relatively simple to do once I was logged in. But … no.
I was sure because the WordPress theme was a premium with lots of options, but only about 50-70 per cent of the options allowed me to do what I wanted to do.… Read more
So another few days went buy working for Annoying Big Client.
And yes, I’m still sworn to look for alternative clients, to diversify, expand. All that, yes.
But while I am dependent on him for 75 percent of my monthly income I can do something else that makes it worthwhile enduring doing work for this man.… Read more
Every time he sleeps, or when we think he is asleep, we try to get as much done as possible – from dishes to creative projects.
Funny. Jay might – just might – end up helping me getting more goals achieved, because I become more efficient.
I tend not to be efficient when time is not precious.… Read more
Crap. At least regard to work …
My Big Client trying to implement a major new website which is a German translation of an English website and everything just fucking up about it.
Mostly because there are too few people with the correct skills in the mix, me included, but more importantly: Too little money to pay the people who are there to work the amount of work it takes to get this done right.… Read more
… spending most of the day in my rented office space, all alone, because it is a holiday here in this country.
Not that the holiday helped.
Around noon I clearly felt the grip of analysis-paralysis. What I needed to do to make more money, at least 1500 USD more per month from now on, that eluded me.… Read more
It was a silly argument, but seemed important enough to get quite heated, while we were at it. In essence, I was afraid she was accusing me of not earning enough money. I felt she was not appreciating I had stayed at home and kept a low profile otherwise in business, to support the family shortly before and in the weeks after Jay’s birth.… Read more
Choices, I mean.
And my attempt at Internet detox becomes a lot easier. Here’s the secret:
Jay is asleep for max 2 hours at a time during day, then he wakes and needs to feed or take a poo or get a little attention. And Char is already heavily sleep-deprived and steeling recovering from the not-so-fun circumstances of the birth.… Read more
I worked for 7 hours trying to fix somebody’s webshop and failed at a lot of the technical stuff, which I thought I knew, but didn’t. So I only billed them 3.
I feel bad about that, but okay about having delivered fair service. And having the courage to explain to them that my abilities fell short, instead of trying to excuse myself or even bill them for all of it.… Read more
Had a rather trying day with Difficult-Again-Photographer-Client, CN, and wondered as I went home with the metropolitan train how to kill.
The problems, not CN. Although the two are related.
Basically he overloads me with tasks which I can’t possibly keep up with in the 14 hours a week he has hired me.… Read more
Where does one draw the line for how much or how little to deliver to a customer in terms of quality?
There’s good customer service, of course. It is that which makes you deliver that something extra to gain or retain a customer.
Then there’s also the act of doing yourself a disfavor by selling out – delivering too much and gaining too little in return.… Read more
So I went to a client today to teach him how to do a webshop in Woocommerce/Wordpress, and for a moment I got distracted by the fact that his apartment is so much bigger, nicer and better than ours. Dumb, but true.
It’s there, by the harbor, in one of the new apartment projects that shot up in the City these last decades or so.… Read more
As I worked through today’s tasks in my ‘home office’, while Photographer Client (CN) is romping around Burma to shoot monks, I wondered if I hadn’t after all made a wrong decision about this client.
If I’m not entirely wrong I have written about it previously, and most definitely thought about it:
Like saying once and for all – ‘I’ll work 3 days or 24 hours a week and no more – if you are not satisfied with what I can accomplish in that time, find someone else’.… Read more
What would my ideal work-scenario look like for my photographer-client?
That I worked only at his office, 3 days a week and got full compensation for it. 8 hours a day, did as much as I could, pushed the rest.
What does it look like for him, perhaps? Or if I should interpret the signs so far?… Read more