The Ruby Freelancers Show 001 – Getting Started

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    Panel

    Charles Max Wood (twitter github Teach Me To Code Rails Summer Camp)
    Eric Davis (twitter github blog)
    Evan Light (twitter github blog)
    Jeff Schoolcraft (twitter github blog)

    Discussion

    Transition from other work to freelancing
    Finding clients
    Have money in the bank
    Have no money in the bank
    Selling yourself short
    Billable time, administrative work and time spent working
    Finding prospects
    Get involved with user groups, the community, for networking
    Host events, get behind podium, have credibility
    Confidence for getting clients and not selling one's self short
    First and second degree contacts
    Find out where your customers are

    Picks

    Harvest (Chuck)
    VIM (Chuck)
    MacVIM (Chuck)
    Freshbooks (Evan)
    Getting Things Done by David Allen (Evan)
    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (Evan)
    Pinboard (Jeff)
    Skype (anti-pick) (Jeff and Evan)
    Cashboard (Jeff)
    James Bond by Ian Flemingy (Jeff)
    A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin (Jeff)
    The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (Jeff)
    Reading for fun (Evan)
    Get Clients Now!(TM): A 28-Day Marketing Program for Professionals, Consultants, and Coaches by C. J. Hayden (Eric)
    Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port (Eric)
    Duct Tape Marketing: The World's Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide by John Jantsch (Evan)
    Freelancing Weekly (Eric)