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Hey I'm John Morris. I'm a freelance web designer from Nebraska and I help other web designers with two things: 1) how to code and 2) how to market yourself so you can turn your coding skills into a full-time income online.

This is my podcast where I share my tips, tricks, and techniques for fast-tracking your coding career, quitting your day job, and earning a (substantial) full-time income as a coder. Be sure to FOLLOW me so you don't miss out on any of the day-job-killing info I'll be sharing.

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Hey I'm John Morris. I'm a freelance web designer from Nebraska and I help other web designers with two things: 1) how to code and 2) how to market yourself so you can turn your coding skills into a full-time income online.

This is my podcast where I share my tips, tricks, and techniques for fast-tracking your coding career, quitting your day job, and earning a (substantial) full-time income as a coder. Be sure to FOLLOW me so you don't miss out on any of the day-job-killing info I'll be sharing.

    JMS420: The Den of Thieves Conspiring Against Your Freelance Success

    JMS420: The Den of Thieves Conspiring Against Your Freelance Success

    “Change your math, change your business, change your life.” Those are the very first words in Dan Kennedy’s book, Almost Alchemy.

    So, too, as a freelancer.

    Your math often determines your outcomes. But, as Dan points out, there's a "gaggle" of folks out there try to obscure and confuse the truth in order to sell you their wares.

    This episode, we talk about those folks and the math that really matters.

    • 8 min
    JMS419: How to Seduce Potential Clients Into Hiring You

    JMS419: How to Seduce Potential Clients Into Hiring You

    Shortly after I divorced from my first wife, I found myself going down the rabbit hole of the online PUA/dating/seduction world. And, to be honest, it helped me in a lot of ways. A lot of weird stuff. A lot of stuff that I tried and it failed miserable. And, a few things that worked. I remarried, have 3 kids with my second wife and we're going on 14 years, now.

    In any case, when I started freelancing, I noticed the parallels between dating and selling. And, there's one "technique" I learned from the online dating world that I've used to devastating effect when negotiating with potential clients. That's what I cover in this episode.

    • 9 min
    JMS418: The Next Time a Freelance Client Bitches About Your Rate

    JMS418: The Next Time a Freelance Client Bitches About Your Rate

    Most people tend to equate skill with value with price. More skill, more value, more price. But, that's not always the case. And, it it has important implications for choosing what freelance services you should offer. Here's a better way to look at it.

    • 6 min
    JMS417: Freelancing Non-Secrets From Grumpy Ol' St. John

    JMS417: Freelancing Non-Secrets From Grumpy Ol' St. John

    “Universal truths”.

    That’s the inescapable reality of all this. Some people seem to think they can compartmentalize their success. Be a great developer, but a sh!@#y human being. Be a successful freelancer with a terrible work ethic. Etc..

    Life doesn’t work that way.

    • 5 min
    JMS416: How to Become a Full-Time Freelancer

    JMS416: How to Become a Full-Time Freelancer

    I got this question from Ryan:

    "Thanks a lot for your resources online. I just want to hear your insight about job transition from a regular job to freelancing. Which is better? To quit a job and work full time as a web design freelancer/entrepreneur? Or start taking free project first while working on a regular job, and only quit when I already have paid projects? Or at least if you still remember when you started, how long it took before you get paid projects after offering free projects to clients? I’m actually in the stage of job transition and I’m 100% ready for web design. However, I’m hesitant to quit my job because maybe it will take many months or a year before getting paid projects. I know my question is a case to case basis but by hearing your experience and advice will enlighten me a lot! Thank you so much!"

    It's four things.

    When I started freelancing, I tried to make the transition to full-time a few times. And, I had a couple false starts. Which are demoralizing. I definitely had my moments of "Should I just give up on this freelance thing?" But, finally, I was able to make the switch and never look back.

    And, it's been almost 10 years now that I've been full-time from home.

    What I learned from that are four things you can do to not only make the transition easier and less anxious, but also much more likely you'll make it successfully the FIRST time. I cover those four things in this episode.

    • 16 min
    JMS415: How to Craft a Winning Freelance Proposal

    JMS415: How to Craft a Winning Freelance Proposal

    Creating proposals is the key selling activity for freelancers. It's like writing a sales letter for a copywriter. Or, building a pitch deck for a sales person. It's what makes or breaks you when getting hired.

    And, a lot of people will give you paint-by-numbers, step-by-step "systems" for writing proposals. And, that's great. But, I want to give you the "art" of creating winning proposals.

    Things I started learned way back in my days doing face-to-face sales and adapted to how I get freelance clients. So, if you want to master this fundamental skill -- one that can allow to write your own check, essentially -- give this episode a listen.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

Keeleyboy ,

Very informative and eye opening

Almost every morning for about 2 years I walk my dog listening to John's podcast. I enjoyed this one so much I had to post about it. I've never written a review for any podcast on iTunes but I feel as though I owed it to John for providing such inspiring and informative information. I have no plans of learning PHP any time soon but his content is so valuable that I look forward to his emails about a new podcast. Thanks for everything John!

scottplude ,

Great “big picture “ info

Not just learn to code but what to do after that. A ton of great info.

said ed-drief ,

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when I listened your episdes I felt like I found what I SEARCH REALLY the fast way to have self confidence and begin to work seriously
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