Unfederated

Unfederated

www.unfederated.studio
A Podcast About Freelancing
26: The Mind Games Freelancers Play With Money
Jan 1 • 36 min
In this episode, Rob and Sara discuss the dangers of rationalizing everything you want as a business expense, how that affects your significant other, and how to track expenses.Links:Xero | Beautiful Business & Accounting SoftwareCapital One | Spark…
25: Ending The Year Strong
Dec 25, 2018 • 35 min
In the final episode of 2018, Rob and Sara discuss ending the year on a high note, managing client relationships around the holidays (and vacations), changes for 2019, passing off clients via referrals, and more.
24: Managing Pro-Bono Work
Dec 18, 2018 • 45 min
Rob and Sara look at doing pro-bono work and serving in non-profits. They discuss how to balance billable hours with serving your community, how to find pro-bono work that best uses your skills, and not getting stuck on boards with no exit plan
23: Finding Rest
Dec 11, 2018 • 61 min
Rob and Sara discuss the idea of rest for freelancers. With traditional 9-5 jobs, paid time off is usually the norm. With freelancers, it can be difficult to take days (or even hours) off for things like vacation, snow days, and exercise. What are the…
22: Marketing: Rob’s 6-P Approach to Marketing
Nov 27, 2018 • 58 min
Rob and Sara discuss marketing strategy. Rob leads Sara through his marketing consulting process. He advises empathy and understanding and recommends isolating your preferred client-base. He takes her through his 6-P approach: People, Position, Promise,…
21: Outsourcing: How to Delegate or Automate
Nov 20, 2018 • 60 min
Rob and Sara discuss the process of outsourcing. They discuss how to evaluate the tasks that can be automated, the tasks that can be delegated, and pare your activities down to the things that can only be done by you. Rob is generally the first to…
20: Setting Goals as a Freelancer
Nov 13, 2018 • 54 min
Rob and Sara discuss how they set goals for their business. They discuss the amount of money they make, what they expected, and how they measure their own success. Sara discusses the billable hour requirement at old firms and how she uses the metric of…
19: Contracts: What Freelancers Need to Know
Nov 6, 2018 • 53 min
Rob and Sara discuss when Freelancers need contracts in place. Sara, a lawyer, refrains from giving legal advice, but generally provides educational background on mistakes she sees business owners make. Relying too heavily on the title of an agreement is…
18: Pricing: How freelancers set rates
Oct 23, 2018 • 48 min
Rob and Sara discuss how they set their prices, the benefits of subscription models, setting an hourly rate starting off, and how to know when to increase rates. Rob has a provision in his contract where if someone cancels early, they are still on the…
17: What freelancers miss most from traditional employment
Oct 16, 2018 • 29 min
Sara and Rob discuss the things they miss most from their traditional employers. Sara misses work rooms full of office supplies. Rob talks about a co-worker stealing office toilet paper. While they have chosen their own paths because the pros outweigh the…
16: Death: Prepare your Freelancer Business for Death or Disability
Oct 9, 2018 • 44 min
Just in time for Halloween, Rob and Sara discuss the ways in which freelancers should prepare their businesses in the event of their death or disability. If not carefully and swiftly managed, a successful small business can quickly become in the red. If…
15: Become a Freelancer in a Day - Emergency Preparedness to Freelance - Pt 2
Oct 2, 2018 • 44 min
Rob and Sara discuss hitting the high points of days 2-10 of finding yourself in an unexpected freelancing position. Continuing to sow seeds with your village, avoiding putting yourself out there if you're not in a place of strength, taking time to feel…
14: Become a Freelancer in a Day - Emergency Preparedness to Freelance - Pt 1
Sep 25, 2018 • 45 min
Rob and Sara discuss the emergency steps you should take on day one if you're fired or other circumstances result in you suddenly finding yourself needing to freelance. First set up your choice of entity at your state's secretary of state, without letting…
13: Managing Friends as Clients
Sep 18, 2018 • 46 min
Rob and Sara discuss the pros and cons of having clients who are also your friends. Navigating the waters of doing favors versus setting up a legitimate client relationship with a friend is tricky and can negatively affect your personal relationship. They…
12: Live From Chattanooga Q&A: When to Trade Clients like Pogs, How to Fire a Client, Using Data to Direct Your Business
Sep 11, 2018 • 30 min
Rob and Sara conduct a live recording at the Society of Work in Chattanooga. The Unfederated community weighs in with their most pressing questions about firing clients, the ways in which they track data and use it to make decisions and direct their…
11: Brass Tacks #1: The Best Hardware and Devices for Going out on Your Own or Freelancing
Sep 4, 2018 • 61 min
This Episode is the first part of a three-part mini-series: (1) the hardware we use, (2) the software we use, (3) special resources we use when we travel. Rob and Sara discuss exactly what hardware they've chosen to invest in, the importance of using the…
10: Q&A: Impractical client requests, the lack of maternity leave as a solo business, partners who don’t have an income changes the freelancer equation, mentors
Aug 28, 2018 • 40 min
Rob asks Sara for thoughts on a client request to print and mail invoices when it disrupts his dearly held streamlined freelancer systems. When the name of the game is keeping non-billable work as streamlined as possible, making an exception can be really…
9: Staying Inspired As Freelancers: Staying Engaged, Ideal Clients, Treating your brain like a Tesla, and preparing for Artificial Intelligence and an Economic Downturn
Aug 21, 2018 • 44 min
Rob and Sara discuss how they manage to stay inspired and engaged during the day-to-day of freelancing. They discuss how to manage the drudgery in running their own businesses. They discuss the benefits and downsides of having control over every aspect of…
8: Money: The Nitty Gritty of Cash Flow, Billing Software and Retirement Savings for Self-employed
Aug 14, 2018 • 57 min
Rob and Sara discuss how eradicating debt allowed them to find success as freelancers. The importance of avoiding debt where possible, managing A/R, and paying themselves in regular, smaller increments. Rob pays himself every two weeks and Sara pays…
7: Timely Pivoting and Cutting Your Losses: Early Freelancing Mistakes Explained
Aug 7, 2018 • 42 min
Rob and Sara answer a question from a listener regarding their early mistakes. Both have found that the ability to change tactics and pivot when something isn't working is essential. Both discuss the biggest ventures they invested in early on that they…
6: The Slow Down Low Down: Teaching Yourself to Pivot, not to Panic
Jul 31, 2018 • 46 min
Slow days happen and how you deal with them may be the single most predictive indicator of freelancer success. Sometimes a slow day is best used taking advantage of the opportunity to leave the computer and go do something fun. Slow times are also a great…
5: Embracing the Hustle: Sales & Networking
Jul 24, 2018 • 51 min
Most freelancers cringe at the idea of being a salesperson, but it doesn't have to be sleazy. Rob and Sara discuss the importance of sales and networking, which approaches have failed and which approaches have been successful. Despite their different…
4: Create the Company You’ve Always Wanted to Work For
Jul 17, 2018 • 47 min
In this episode, co-hosts Rob and Sara talk about their decision to create a business that is fundamentally different than their former employers. They describe their offices and discuss the importance of choosing clients you mesh well with and work you…
3: Freelancing and the Importance of Managing Perception
Jul 10, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode, Rob and Sara compare and contrast the perception of freelancing in their respective fields. Sara explains some of the hurdles associated with peoples' perception of lawyers and the need for a real office. Rob describes managing his…
2: The Freedom to Fail: the Pros & Cons of Freelancing
Jul 3, 2018 • 33 min
Rob and Sara give a high-level overview of the major pros and cons of freelancing. They discuss being your own boss, choosing your own clients, and making your own schedule. They also point out that you acutely feel your losses, remain responsible for…
1: Doing the Math: The Decision To Go Solo
Jun 26, 2018 • 61 min
Rob and Sara discuss their decision-making strategies in general and the moment they each made the decision to leave their traditional employers to create something of their own. They comment on the insight their significant others provided them and the…
The Very Beginning
Jun 18, 2018 • 8 min
Sara & Rob share their hopes for the Unfederated podcast - outlining their own experiences as freelancers and providing the framework for how community among freelancers can empower success.Links:Why Do We 'Bury the Lede?'