Dec 15, 2016
What we talked about
- Educating prospective clients
- The unique challenge of offering services in a small community
- Preparing for seasonality (the lows and highs)
- Working locally (vs digitally)
- Goal setting
- Building monthly recurring client revenue
Dec 12, 2016
What we talked about
- White-labeling plugins
- Terrible plugin ideas
- GPL & software licensing
- A Black Friday rant about Envato
- Sustainable product sales
- The WordPress community outside the US
Dec 9, 2016
What we talked about
- WordCamp US and the Patheon drama
- GoDaddy's year of acquisitions and partnerships
- LoopConf in 2017
- WordPress 4.7 & REST API
- What's up with Calypso?
- Backend vs Front-end developers
- Tips from the panel
Nov 14, 2016
Here's some of what we talked about:
- Working in a partnership
- Serving a niche audience
- Vetting clients
- Maintenance plans
- Design inspiration
Nov 4, 2016
Season 3 of OfficeHours.FM is here! My panel of guests includes Rebecca Gill, Diane Kinney, and Matt Medeiros. Sometimes irreverent, sometimes serious, we cover the WIX GPL debate, subscription-based business models, and the impact of the REST API on businesses.
Aug 26, 2016
This week I’ve got Beka Rice, Operations Manager for SkyVerge, Leading Contributor at Sell with WP, and Content Manager for Shop Storm. Somehow she manages to have free time and in that free time she’s traveling the world with her husband, eating at Chipotles along the way. On this final episode of Season 2, join us for a lively discussion on e-commerce in WordPress, what the product development process looks like for WooCommerce, and the unique challenges of working while traveling.
Aug 19, 2016
Aug 11, 2016
Join me with podcast host Jon Nastor for a great discussion on podcast, sponsorships, and building business through relationships.
Aug 5, 2016
Join me with Lee Jackson from the WP Innovator podcast.
Jul 29, 2016
In this episode the interviewer becomes the interviewee! Join as special guest host Tom McFarlin interviews Carrie Dils.
Jul 25, 2016
Guest Neill Feather, president of SiteLock, discusses WordPress site security. zbq8ucbj
Jul 10, 2016
Interview with Chris Ducker
Jun 30, 2016
After several years of running a general WordPress design and development agency, Michael Steele and his co-founder Travis Northcutt saw the writing on the wall: specialize or die. In 2014, they shifted their positioning and the focus of their services entirely toward helping entrepreneurs create membership products and build subscription-based platforms. I’m thrilled to have Michael on the show to talk about his experience shifting focus from one-time project fees to a recurring revenue model.
Jun 24, 2016
Plugins, Products, and Pricing, Episode 105 by Carrie Dils
Jun 24, 2016
One of the biggest hurdles I’ve discovered for freelancers and new business owners is how to handle finances. After all, we’re experts in our craft – not accountants. The nuances of tax law or even basic money management are overwhelming. This week we’re going to chat with Amy Northard, a certified public accountant who’s target market is freelance creatives.
Jun 17, 2016
Chris Ford: teacher, designer, manager, entrepreneur and oh so much more! I’ve known Chris for years through the WordPress community and got to meet her for the first time at WordCamp Orange County 2014. More recently I’ve had the privilege of working with her at Crowd Favorite, where she was a project manager. Although we’ve both returned to self-employment, I enjoyed learning from her. I thought I knew the basics of project management, but Chris demonstrated how to do it at scale. Join us this week to learn practical project management skills you can take into your business as well as where Chris’ creative journey will take her next.
Jun 11, 2016
I heart Kim Doyal (a.k.a. The WordPress Chick). I’m thrilled to have her back on the show (she joined me previously on Episode 50). I met Kim in my early days of working with WordPress and the Genesis Framework and it’s been fun to see how her business has evolved over the last few years. Engaging and down-to-earth, Kim hosts the WP Chick podcast and offers coaching services to her clients. Join us to hear what resources Kim’s using in her business and take a few pointers away for the way you approach to marketing and content creation in your business.
May 31, 2016
Meet Peter Suhm, a man with great entrepreneurial spirit. Traditional employment doesn’t quite suit him (I can relate!) and he’s tried his hand at various startup projects. One of these is the WP Pusher plugin, a WordPress plugin designed to ease a specific pain in a developer workflow (Git deployment). WP Pusher is not allowed in the WordPress plugin directory (tune in to hear why), which is a distinct disadvantage when it comes to visibility and promotion. I’ll discuss with Peter his alternative marketing efforts to get WP Pusher in front of people and how (or if) that’s worked. Peter’s been around the WordPress community since 2007 and is also an active contributor in the Laravel community.
May 19, 2016
If anyone knows the heart of an entrepreneur, it’s Bob Dunn. He transitioned his business to WordPress in 2008 and has never looked back. He’s also got a heart for those beginning with WordPress. His service offerings have varied of the years, but he’s really landed in his sweet spot with training. Join us for a discussion of Bob’s journey, how he’s decided what to try next each time he’s grown his business, what’s worked, and what’s hasn’t. Let’s learn with Bob!
May 12, 2016
Join Brian Casel and I to learn what exactly a productized service is and if it’s something you can apply in your business.
May 9, 2016
Join me with WP101 creator Shawn Hesketh. We talked about how WP101 has grown to where it is today, challenges of scaling an online training product, and cigars!