May 25, 2015 Business

Business Decisions Impacting Your Customers Could Be Fatal

As a WordPress agency owner running my business and being responsible for dozens of people, my main goal is stability. Stability in Business John Lennon once said: “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans” Since life is fragile itself and things change every single minute, the least we could do is stabilize as many variables

April 30, 2015 Business

Your WordPress Business is Not There Yet

Given the large number of WordPress-based discussions on pricing, costs, consultant’s fees and product licenses, it’s no wonder why some people get frustrated about the Community and the understanding of Open Source. Other than the mentality and the usual incompetent statements such as: “But WordPress is free!” or “There should be a free plugin to

April 22, 2015 Business

The Challenges Of Building a Site For a Friend

I often receive referrals or friends asking me to set up a WordPress website for them. It’s usually something fairly small – such as a 5-page business website or a simple magazine website. They are close friends of mine or have been recommended through my network. They have received some offers, but are looking for a

April 2, 2015 Business

Why “WordPress Expert” is Not a Real Title?

While discussing the WordPress industry and the rest of the business world, my friend Ajay reminded me of why “WordPress Expert” is not a real title. His comment made me think about the misconception of “expertism” that seems to be getting popularity around the WordPress experts who offer their services: The issue with the WordPress

March 23, 2015 Business

14 Common Misconceptions About Email – Gmail’s Toolkit

“Slack is Killing email“, “5 reasons Slack will change the workplace“, “Slack, the office messaging app that may finally sink e-mail“. For some odd reason the media is eager to bury down the idea of email, and put an end to its usage for the entire world. Whether it’s Slack, HipChat, Skype, social network or some

March 19, 2015 Business

The WordPress Industry Is Just As Every Other Field

After I shared my thoughts on WordPress job titles and skills and wrote about various problems with various WordPress estimates, I keep reading comments about our industry and other fields – different IT specialties, automobile mechanics, doctors and more. In general, whilst WordPress is a fairly unique and great platform with a powerful community behind it, it’s no

March 16, 2015 Business

The Problem With Having To Educate Your Customers

John Locke wrote an article named “There are no Clients from Hell” referring to the popular site for freelancers – Clients From Hell. I’ve been following the site for some time and there are plenty of educational stories, both for freelancers and clients. What John says in his post is: This site encourages the idea

March 12, 2015 Business

Introverts Are Great In Sales And Marketing

Despite of my tendency to get involved with public speaking at conferences and universities and being a band member, I tend to define myself as an introvert. I don’t enjoy large crowds and clubs full of people, and I have a small circle of people that I stay in touch with on a daily basis. Plus,

March 9, 2015 Business

An Estimate Is Not a Deadline

I had a few meetings over the last few weeks that were focused on tight deadlines. Two of the clients were burned by other agencies who didn’t deliver so they were already behind schedule and wanted the projects done ASAP. Or even – much faster than ASAP. The Estimate Factor I’ve shared my thoughts on the risks

March 5, 2015 Business

Persistence Is The Way Forward

During WordCamp San Francisco last year I had the chance to do pair programming with Rodrigo Primo on #15459. He’s an incredible and passionate WordPress developer and he approached me before the Contributor Day to do some hacking on performance for hierarchical post types after I sent my patch with some ideas related to that change. The Unit Test