Clients From Hell Podcast

Clients From Hell Podcast

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The Clients From Hell podcast is equal parts humorous and helpful as it explores the modern life and times of creative professionals.

Episodes

How to Turn a Lead Into a Client  

From qualifying clients to education as a lead conversion technique, Bryce Bladon and Kai Davis discuss how they turn prospects into high-paying clients.

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How to Get New Clients from Referrals  

Steve Gordon, author of Unstoppable Referrals,  joins Bryce Bladon to discuss how to get client referrals.

They cover:

Why referrals are so important Obstacles that impede referrals Reverse prospecting

> Check out Steve's FREE referral course

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The 2017 Freelancing Forecast  

Bryce Bladon and Kai Davis share their plans, their predictions, and their advice for the upcoming year. 

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2016: A Freelancing Year in Review  

Bryce Bladon and Kai Davis discuss the past year, covering:

Lessons learned Lessons we refused to learn Best moments Worst moments A fifth thing!

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Why good freelancers are good dates  

Overlap between good romantic relationships and good client relationships exists. 

Bryce Bladon and Kai Davis discuss the trials and tribulations of dating as a freelancer and how Kai's love life informs his business life (hint: check out our episode on being a failure ;) ).

> Kai's Free Outreach Course

> Ask Kai anything!

 

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Don't be afraid to talk about what a failure you are  

You're going to fail,and that's okay.

Bryce Bladon and Kai Davis discuss the impact of failure on their careers, the anxieties and fears tied to freelancing, and why you need to sacrifice comfort to grow yourself and your business. 

> Kai's Free Outreach Course

> Ask Kai anything!

 

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My definition of success involves very few clothes  

Freelancing allows you to make your career work for you -- and that means finding your own definition of success. 

Bryce Bladon and Kai Davis discuss the question of success: when they found it, how they define it, and what it will look like in the future.

> Kai's Free Outreach Course

> Ask Kai anything!

 

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Okay, MAYBE use Upwork  

Have you ever had to slap a restraining order on a client? 

In this special bonus episode, Laura Pennington joins Bryce Bladon to give her opinion on Upwork, a site she's made thousands of dollars on. Laura shares her worst experience on the job board (spoiler: it involves a restraining order), her advice for freelancers who want to use Upwork, and her secrets for succeeding as a freelancer.

> Six Figure Writing Secrets (Twitter and Facebook)

 

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Freelance impostors and revelations  

Bryce Bladon and Kai Davis discuss when someone actually 'becomes' a freelancer, why so many freelancers feel like imposters, and how they realized freelancing was for them.

> Kai's Free Outreach Course

> Double Your Audience

> Ask Kai anything!

 

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A phone is all you need to run a business  

We continue to explore the exciting tools that make freelancing easier than ever. 

Sam Madden, the founder of PocketSuite, joins Bryce Bladon to discuss how business software is being democratized. They discuss Sam's experiences and how they lead to the creation of PocketSuite, a phone app that takes the hassle out of the business side of freelancing. 

> Learn how PocketSuite works

> Learn more about PocketSuite in The Wall Street Journal, Inc., and TechCrunch

 

 

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You will not make millions of dollars by listening to this podcast  

Bryce Bladon and Kai Davis discuss why 'freelancing freedom' and six-figure promises dominate the discussion on freelancing -- and why we need to do something about it. 

> Kai's Free Outreach Course

> Double Your Audience

> Ask Kai anything!

 

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S2E1: Everyone's first few times are special <3  

A freelancer's first time is always special and often hellish.  

Kai Davis joins Bryce Bladon to discuss how they got their start as freelancers, who their first three clients were, and how it informed their careers. 

> Kai's Free Outreach Course

> Double Your Audience

> Ask Kai anything!

 

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Why you should never use Upwork ever  

A malicious client, a maligned job board, and a freelancer caught in the middle.

"Why you should never use Upwork, ever" recently blew up the internet. Bryce sits down to speak with the article's author, Shadi Al'lababidi, about his personal client from hell, Upwork's response, and how his outlook has changed as a result of the experience. 

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, Bryce and Shadi discuss:

Shadi's personal client from hell How his client from hell tried to ruin his career How Upwork responded The ongoing challenges of freelance marketplaces Where freelancing is going in the future

Why you should never use Upwork, ever (Part 1)

> The post, post Upwork debacle (Part 2)

> The state of freelancing: a guide to 2017 (Part 3)

 

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Free work is killing you and everything you love  

Illustrator Jennifer Fryer once again joins Bryce on the Clients From Hell podcast. This time, they discuss the many, many problems that occur when a freelancer agrees to work for free. 

 

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, Bryce and Jennifer discuss:

The exposure myth  The good client myth The idea that working for free is selfish If and when you should work for free When you should definitely NOT work for free

 

> Bryce's previous episode with Jennifer, Freelancing as a Student.

> Jennifer's Website and Instagram

> A previous episode on this issue, Should You Ever Work For Free? with Brennan Dunn

 

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How to build a better freelance job board  

Complaints against UpWork continue to pile up, but the issues plaguing most freelance job boards are universal. Lauren Holliday joins Bryce to discuss Freelanship.com and how she approached building a better freelance marketplace.

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, Bryce and Lauren discuss:

Why you should never use Upwork, ever. The issues that plague most job boards How the freelancer-client relationship is hurt by these issues How Lauren strived to build a better job board How you can find work without a job board

Handy links:

> Freelanship

> Hack the Job Hunt

> Why you should never use Upwork, ever by Shadi Al'lababidi (Part 2) (Part 3)

> 10 reasons I created my own marketplace by Lauren Holliday

> You Must Learn How to Write a Damn Good Email by Lauren Holliday

 

 

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Freelancers Unite  

Pete Ross, the Creative Director at CO-OP Advertising, discusses why his agency decided to found Freelancers Unite -- an awards gala intended to recognize freelancer contributions. 

> Freelancer's Unite

> Video: Freelancing isn't a dirty word

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, Bryce and Pete discuss:

What is Freelancers Unite The philosophy driving FU How some agencies incorporate freelancers into their strategy Why some agencies are coy about working with freelancers

 

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Contracts, Invoices, and Rates: Everything You Need to Know  

As the founder of the best (free) invoicing and contract service for freelancers, Matt Brown is worth listening to.

Sharing his and his partner's freelancing experiences, Matt discusses the issues freelancers face and how Bonsai tries to address them. The best part: he made all these lessons and tools available to you.

> Bonsai

> The Freelance Rate Explorer

> The Freelance Stack: A guide to the best freelance tools

 

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The Bottomless Blogger: Secrets from a Successful Blog  

Bryce opens up about how Clients From Hell grew to be such a successful blog, and how you can succeed with your own blog. 

Note that the webinar this episode is based on offers much more information on this topic. 

> Be a Blogger: The 90-minute webinar

 

Episode Summary

 

In this episode, Bryce discusses:

The stats and figures that define Clients From Hell's Success The benefits of having a blog 3 steps to starting a blog What you need to succeed with a blog Questions you need to ask yourself  What platform is best for your blog How often you should publish content The importance of patience How a blog can make you money The components of a quality blog post How to promote posts and grow your blog

 Extra resources:

> Be a blogger: Notes from the webinar

> Blog post checklist

> Blog strategy cheatsheet

> Business blogging: a primer

> How to find your keywords

 

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Being Lazy is Good, Being Busy is Bad, and How to Make it Small  

Bryce discusses why 'lazy' creators are the ones that produce work that matters, why being busy can be bad for your business, and comedian Mike Birbiglia's tips for succeeding (as a freelancer and as a person). 

 

Episode Summary

In this episode, Bryce addresses:

The labor illusion: when it comes to judging other people’s work, we want to feel they wore themselves out for us -- not necessarily if the job was done quickly or well. The time that really matters to creators Why nobody spends more than four or five hours on their primary creative tasks The difference between deep work and shallow busy work.  What defines a day well spent Comedian Mike Birbiglia's 6 Tips for Making it Small: Don't wait Fail Learn from failure Maybe quit Aim for small successes Cleverness is overrated and heart is underrated

 Extra resources:

> Article: Nobody cares how hard you work

> Article: Want to create things that matter? Be Lazy

 

> Study: Think Customer's Hate Waiting? Not so fast...

 

> Article: Mike Birbiglia’s 6 Tips for Making It Small in Hollywood. Or Anywhere.

 

> Article: Graduating and Looking for Your Passion? Just Be Patient

 

 

 

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How Much Freelance Designers and Developers Make  

Bryce Bladon discusses an awards gala specifically for freelancers, how much designers and developers earn as freelancers, and a few ways designers and devs can earn even more.

 

Episode Summary

Bryce discusses:

The first annual Freelancers Unite Awards in Canada Co-Op founder Adam Roach's reasons for the awards Matthew Brown, The Founder of Bonsai, a freelance invoice and contracting app The big takeaways from the Bonsai's freelance rate explorer: Developers earn 30% more than designers. The hourly rates of designers (especially graphic designers) remain sticky at under $60 an hour at all geographies and experience levels. Developers quickly begin increasing their hourly rates after gaining 3 years of experience Designers tend to increase their hourly rates at a slower pace. The biggest increase in hourly rates happens when freelancers reach 3–5 years of experience Ways to increase your rate, such as: Proving the value of your services Knowing and understanding your ideal client Scheduling rate increases Changing the philosophy that drives your prices

 Extra resources:

> Freelancers Unite Awards

> Freelance Rate Explorer

> The hourly rates of freelance designers and developers

> Bonsai

> 7 ways to raise your rates

> Make more money as a freelance designer

 

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