February 16, 2015 Business

WordPress Job Titles and Skills – Where Do We Stand?

Since I’ve started my analytical research on the community, including the client’s side earlier this month, I’ve had plenty of examples within the broad community (all people building WordPress websites) for things that are quite alerting. Problems in Our Ecosystem Some of the encounters include: Contractors taking on assignments that they are obviously not capable of

February 10, 2015 Business

Content Marketing For Business Benefit

One of the things we did at DevriX in 2014 is focusing more on content marketing. Back in 2011-2013 we kept maintaining a 10-page website with no content since we believed that there are way too many sites out there sharing WordPress tutorials or business tips. Wrong. Ever since we started our tutorials section, we kept growing

February 9, 2015 Marketing

Social Power and Blogging

One of my Bulgarian friends just posted a presentation for her university students and friends here about blogging. One of her slides includes a powerful rephrasing of a famous quote that I love. Blogging and sharing your own thoughts and ideas via social media networks is a powerful way to build your network, reach out to people

January 26, 2015 Business

Direct Approach vs. Philosophy Culture

When I was in high school, I joined a forum for philosophers. I was an observer, just monitoring the active users discussing different points of view on the same general principle, or cosmic factor. Later on, I started reading different books on personal skills, psychology and communication. The Esoteric Book The most amazing thing I found

January 21, 2015 Business

Estimation Is Arbitrary – Risk is Out There

Chris Lema posted about his approach for Estimating Without Requirements and this is one of the most brilliant posts of his that I’ve ever read. When I started my freelance career, the first thing I encountered was the estimation challenge. Working full-time at a company is often estimation-free – you can give some rough numbers in

January 9, 2015 Business

Clarity Calls – The Ultimate Consulting Solution

I value my time a lot, and I would rarely spend it on boring stuff. I don’t browse YouTube at all, nor do I watch animated gifs all over the Internet, since I’m quite passionate about the WordPress community and building successful businesses. I found Matt and Chris on Clarity through their social media accounts

January 4, 2015 Business

The Salary Factor

Last week Eric Mann posted his 2014 Salary Survey Results covering some rough figures about our industry and the average salaries paid for different levels of experience. I like aggregated data in general, and it would be nice if more people take on that sort of studies in 2015, extending their horizons across the entire world, including web development

December 23, 2014 Business

Fighting the Scope Creep

One of my resolutions for 2014 was to fight in any way possible the Scope creep. We had a few ups in this direction for sure, but overall I’m not satisfied and I will continue pushing in that direction in 2015. What is Scope Creep? Scope creep is the process of adding more and more features

December 21, 2014 Business

Leaders and Responsibility

The Power of Alignment After my WordSesh talk about Code Architecture yesterday, Chris Lema gave a business talk on “The Power of Alignment”. It’s a great talk about the expectations people and business organizations have, and why relationships don’t work out all the time due to miscommunication and false expectations, or misalignment as Chris defines it

September 3, 2014 Business

New Book: Making Money Online with WordPress

My latest book is finally ready – “Making Money Online with WordPress“. This is your guide to building your remote online business with WordPress, which will reveal various opportunities for everyone to bootstrap an online business based on the WordPress platform. In 28 pages I have shared my experience with the WordPress platform, working with numerous