Free Agents

Free Agents
David Sparks and Jason Snell spent their careers working for the establishment. Then one day, they’d had enough. Now they are independent workers, learning what it takes to succeed in the 21st century. They are… free agents. Hosted by David Sparks and Jason Snell.
19: Nobody Grades You on the Scaffolding
Apr 18 • 59 min
Should you adopt an organizational system? How can these systems help you, and are they worth the investment? Jason and David detail their own personal organization systems and discuss approaches to getting more organized.
18: A Series of Logical Decisions, with Greg Pierce
Apr 4 • 44 min
Agile Tortoise’s Greg Pierce discusses what he’s learned in a decade as an independent developer and consultant.
17: Stop Digging
Mar 21 • 28 min
Not all clients are good clients. If you don’t manage the herd, you could lose the farm. This is why it’s important to consider the right time, and right way, to fire a client.
16: R2-D2 on My Desk
Mar 7 • 53 min
Jason and David discuss their home-office set-ups and the challenges they face when working in a house they share with other people.
15: Put on the Business Hat
Feb 21 • 41 min
You can’t earn a living as a Free Agent if you don’t get paid. In this episode we discuss why true professionals ensuring they’re being compensated. When you’re on your own, you’re the one who has to make sure that the money is f…
14: Putting Numbers in Boxes, with Andrew Carroll
Feb 7 • 38 min
A new year brings accounting and tax challenges for independent workers, so we asked accountant and financial advisor Andrew Carroll to join us.
13: Promotion Can Feel Gross
Jan 24 • 39 min
Being good at what you do isn’t enough. You also need customers, clients, or whatever else you need to pay for shoes. That means you need to promote yourself. But you can be really great at what you do and still be terrible at se…
12: Right Now It’s Only Me, with Katie Floyd
Jan 10 • 43 min
David’s Mac Power Users co-host Katie Floyd, a very recent Free Agent herself, tells us about the early days of her independent life.
11: Balancing Dollars and Delight
Dec 14, 2016 • 23 min
We discuss cultivating and managing multiple income streams, why it’s so important to do so, and both the risks and benefits of getting your money from a bunch of different places.
10: Indie Vacation
Nov 29, 2016 • 37 min
Planning and taking vacations as an independent worker.
9: The Feedback Episode
Nov 15, 2016 • 52 min
In a wide-ranging episode, David and Jason answer your letters and tweets.
8: Email Is Not Your Job
Nov 1, 2016 • 27 min
Managing email and setting rules about how you use it.
7: Be Like a Duck
Oct 18, 2016 • 40 min
So you’ve decided to leave the nest. What can you do to prepare while you’re still working for the man? What’s the right way to give notice, and prepare for the aftermath?
6: The Shawshank Redemption, with Shahid Kamal Ahmad
Oct 4, 2016 • 48 min
PlayStation veteran Shahid Kamal Ahmad left Sony to become an independent game developer. We discuss why he left and how he schedules his workday in his garden shed, the ShaShed.
5: Envision a Bonfire
Sep 21, 2016 • 31 min
4: Location, Location, Location
Sep 6, 2016 • 39 min
Deciding where to get your work done can be a difficult challenge for an independent worker. Can you work out of the house? Does renting office space make sense? What about co-working spaces, or that long wooden table at your nei…
3: My Curse and My Reward, with Myke Hurley
Aug 25, 2016 • 42 min
Myke Hurley, co-founder of Relay FM, discusses transitioning from his bank job to a full-time podcaster, including the inherent contradictions in working a dream job that never lets you take a vacation.
2: Booked Up With Myself
Aug 9, 2016 • 25 min
Just because you’re independent doesn’t mean you don’t need a schedule. This episode is about building (and breaking) routines.
1: The Temptation of Yes
Jul 26, 2016 • 35 min
In our very first episode, David and Jason discuss narrowing scope and taking on too much work.