Also i like the idea of a short podcast!

Good luck in the year that lies ahead of us and have fun writing more great articles!

Mark said on December 27, 2006

Your comments on freelancing really strike a chord with me, as I've contemplated making my own move this year. I can totally see myself putting the work and a positive relationship with a client ahead of the bottom line, and understand the difficulties in being bold enough to really assert, and charge, your value. I won't get into dollars, as there are so many factors that go into what should and can be billed in a given context, but I know my threshold for making a move to freelance, and I know that I would only bank on 120 billable days a year to hit that target. Anything else would fuel growth.

I'd be really interested in hearing more about how you land application development gigs. My side project work has been for contacts at other agencies, helping offload their workload through UI dev or PHP/MySQL work. Directly landing clients, though, application development is so much harder to present and sell.

Thanks for sharing your insight this year, and best of luck in the new year.

Matt Brett said on December 27, 2006

I too went full-time freelance in 2006 and learned a few lessons the hard way. I was planning to take some time to reflect on the past 8 months while I have some time off for the holidays, and you've given me a good starting point. I found booking projects and evaluating costs to be one of the toughest challenges. Because, like you said, you're not only billing for your time spent on any given project. I'm also (still) struggling with appropriate rates to charge. While I feel like I'm over-charging at times, I've found myself booked in advance for 2 or 3 months regularly.

Anyway, thanks for the insight. It's something I haven't given enough thought to, but will now that I've got it fresh.

Best of luck in 2007 Jonathan.

Jonathan said on December 27, 2006

I arrived at your blog fairly late in the year but already it is a firm favourite on my list. Some very interesting posts.

Have you seen a book called 'The Mind Gym'? It is in the 'personal development' class like '7 Habits . . .' and I've found it a very interesting read. I find myself, usually a few days after reading a section, in a situation where I would normally act in a certain way and suddenly realising this is what the book is talking about and it's like that infamous lightbulb suddenly flicking on. Anyway, the point is I hope you get as much from '7 Habits . . .' as I did from 'The Mind Gym' and I would be interested in hearing your views on the book when it is finished.

Mike Bryan said on December 28, 2006

Re billing your time
An artist was asked how long it took him to paint a recent painting. He said 20 years 19 of those years developing the skills needed before he was able to do the painting.

Wiishing you and you family a great 2007

Barry McGee said on December 29, 2006

I too only arrived at your blog late in the year but now very much enjoy reading your stuff...keep up the good work!

Best of luck for the new year!

Cory said on December 29, 2006

Hey man, I really enjoy your blog as it is one of my favorites on the net.

I too am moving to full-time freelance this year (in just a few weeks actually) so I understand where you are coming from. There comes a point in time when you just have to do it and hope that it all works out.

Good luck to you and your family this year on a prosperous new year.

Steve Oliveira said on January 03, 2007

I'm enjoying your articles Jonathon. I too have started reading "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" and so far I'm liking it. It gets you thinking about your life and potentials in a whole new way.

Look forward to hearing a review on the book from you once you're done reading it.

Tu Minh said on January 15, 2007

Just jumb in your page by accident. I really like this entry and wanna keep in touch with you.
My Name is Minh Vo, call me Minh/Ming. Iam from Vietnam - South East Asia.
Wishing you and your family all the best in the comming new year

Hackett said on January 16, 2009

Good evening. It's wonderful what we can do if we're always doing.
I am from Canada and know bad English, give true I wrote the following sentence: "You want her to know how attracted you are to her and how beautiful you think she is."

Thank :P Hackett.

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