July 17, 2014 Business

The $15 WordPress gig

Three weeks ago I received the following message on LinkedIn: Hello, I’m looking for someone who could customize a WordPress plugin we bought. It’s a car reservation system, we need to change the pricing model and add a few extra SQL tables that would operate with the plugin. The contact is a manager of some small

February 16, 2014 Business

Responsibility and Trust in Business

Few minutes ago I found out that Kickstarter was hacked, and user information was exposed. It’s not the first time a popular site gets hacked (and it won’t be the last, for sure), the interesting part however is why did that happen and what would be the right path for a service like this to

January 15, 2014 Marketing

Regular Blogging and Misconceptions

After a short discussion on Twitter related to my Daily Blogging is disappointing post, Chris Lema said that I was wrong: @mattmedeiros @sarahpressler @no_fear_inc Yes he is. But he’s also wrong. 🙂 I’d explain, but I’ll do it tomorrow. In a new daily post. 🙂 — Chris Lema (@chrislema) January 13, 2014 and then he followed

January 12, 2014 Business

WordPress Services and My Pricing Strategy

Pricing has always been a painful topic for everyone, both clients and contractors/companies. Clients try to keep it as low as possible (normally) and contractors try to earn more (again, normally). There are quite a few videos, books, tutorials and blog posts on the subject, and not as many people talking about that. Chris Lema is

January 11, 2014 Marketing

Daily Blogging Is Disappointing

Few of the people I follow regularly recently turned to the “daily blogging” routine and I just stopped reading them. Not that they started writing for the sky and mountains or anything – I just can’t catch up with everything, and the new content sounds like a magazine article rather than a professional opinion or

January 6, 2014 Beyond

On WordPress and Working Smarter

Today I found two brilliant posts that I would like to share with as many people as possible. While everyone is focused on what the market says or what seems natural, occasionally there are many obvious factors that are left unnoticed and could affect our entire life and career. The first article that I’ve read

October 11, 2013 Business

Reading the Leaders

One of the companies that I have been consulting for a few months has hired a new team member with no experience in the WordPress field. I have been helping him to get started and get acquainted with the community. I sent him a list of sites and bloggers I follow and read regularly and

June 25, 2013 Business

QA != Tester

Last Saturday I had one of those epiphany moments for something way too obvious, still too shocking for me at the moment of speaking. It was related to the QA process and the place of the QA role in the software industry. I got involved in a discussion on Saturday evening regarding several different technical

February 2, 2013 Business

Remote Work Is Just As Good

I have a hard time resisting remote employment opportunity discussions online, due to the fact that I spent several years of my life on a flexible timing and remote work business structure. Today’s reason is Rarst’s tweet regarding StackExchange: Why We (Still) Believe in Working Remotely « Blog – Stack Exchange http://t.co/WwMRtao0 — Andrey Savchenko

August 11, 2012 Business

The Business-IT Industry Relationship

The WordPress platform allows for a number of users to build business ideas over a number of options. Browsing online or offline (at a WordCamp or a regular WordPress meetup event) we could get in touch with WP developers, designers, writers, system administrators, support engineers and other technical. On the other hand, small teams are