- The key to productivity is to make your hours count.
- Don't FB at work, answer personal email, gossip or other stuff.
- Have a life besides work.
- Don't work after 6pm.
- You're more attentive in the morning, tackle hard stuff then.
- Reserve easier chores for the end of the day.
- If you can't do it in 8 hours, you can't do it in 10.
- Break your week open in segments, plan on a macro scale.
- Plan your day in segments, what are you going complete today?
Have fixed moments for email / code review / other stuff. This gives you headspace.
Taxes as a freelancer
When supplying services as a freelancer in a non-EU country as a dutchie, you don't charge Dutch taxes, charge the taxes of that country + stick to the laws of the country.
Charge per week, as you become focused on features not hours. Also less overhead in terms of time management.
Post client relations
- Follow a successful consulting engagement with a case study.
- if no case study, ask for a testimonial
- you do the work, both of you get the profits
- testimonials should be specific, focused on a business result and highly credible
- if no case study or testimonial, ask for private reference
- do a screening based on portfolio / meta analysis
- identify top candidates
- use an unstructured interview to get them excited about the job
- get them excited about the company
Whenever you apply for a new job there's a bunch of questions you need to ask.
- what are the positions you have available
- what kind of employee are you looking for?
- tell them what you are looking for
- tell them when you're around / available to further chat
Signing contracts is important for yourself, and for your customers. Don't hesitate to sign one at the start of a relationship. If you trust each other, there shouldn't be a problem in persisting that trust.
A contract should contain the following:
- A simple overview of who is hiring who, what they’re being hired to do, when and for how much
- What both parties agree to do and what their respective responsibilities are
- The specifics of the deal and what is or isn’t included in the scope
- What happens when people change their minds (as they almost always do)
- A simple overview of liabilities and other legal matters
You might even include a few jokes
- contract killer 3 gist
Starting a new job contracting job
- start working after the contract is signed
- take 24 hours to read through the contract and agree on terms
- some stuff might be non-negotiable, if you start working before it's signed there are no guarantees of pay
- terms might be unable to be agreed upon, and will then end up performing free work
Minimum of 5 weeks is healthy, unlimited vacation is bad. More should easily be possible hey.