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OfficeHours.fm is a podcast for those who're building a business around WordPress products or services. During the weekly live show, host Carrie Dils, a WordPress consultant, brings on successful guests from the WordPress business community to share insights and inspiration.
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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
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!
Apr 29, 2016
We're celebrating the 100th episode of the show! Also, guest Matt Medeiros gets real about his process for launching new ideas - when to launch and when to know to pull the plug.
Apr 26, 2016
Making the Leap to Self-Employment, Episode 99 by Carrie Dils
Apr 15, 2016
Storytelling and Selling, Episode 98 Aired on April 14th, 2016 with Chris Lema Leave a comment FacebookTweetLinkedInGoogle+ What the heck does storytelling have to do with selling yourself, your products or your services? If you ask this week’s guest, Chris Lema, he’ll tell that it has everything to do with selling. We all tell stories. Don’t believe me? Ask your mom if you ever lied as a kid. But there are other kinds of storytelling that can have power in business – ways to engage an audience that is helpful. Let’s talk about that… – Chris Lema Too often you see folks selling by telling would-be customers about features and benefits (I’m guilty). In a landscape that’s full of similar-looking people selling similar-looking services, what helps you stand apart? Your story. No one else has it. It’s yours to share as part of your marketing efforts. Join me with Chris Lema as we discuss the art of storytelling and how you can use stories to strengthen your brand.
Apr 8, 2016
I believe a big part of success in my business comes from the fact that I hang around people who are smarter than I am. Does that mean I’m dumb? Of course not, but I know there are plenty of areas where I either don’t have experience or have a hard time seeing clearly because of my proximity to a situation. It’s why I preach relationships and community. I was thrilled to meet Brandy Lawson (a.k.a. TekGrl) at Pressnomics 2016. Brandy understands the importance of relationships in business (especially for the lone entrepreneur), so much so that she’s launched a business around developing and nurturing entrepreneurial communities. Tune in this week as we discuss how to find the right people to connect with, the various structures a mastermind can take, and even how to know when it’s time to move on.
Apr 1, 2016
Ever feel like you’re competing against every other WordPress developer, designer, or consultant out there? The reality is you’re not competing – you have a unique value proposition you bring to the table. There’re so many folks that don’t realize that. They keep lowering their prices, offering a wider variety of services, and doing their best to appeal to the masses. The sad result is that a lot of what you and I do for a living is viewed as a commodity. How can you charge what you’re actually worth when someone is offering (what looks to be) the same service on Fiverr. Meet Philip Morgan, a consultant to consultant. He literally wrote the book on how technical firms should position themselves. If you’re feeling like a little fish in a big sea and want to know how to stand out (swim out?), this is an episode you don’t want to miss.
Mar 18, 2016
Continuing on this season’s theme of growing your business skills, we’re spending this episode talking the importance of taking care of yourself. Maybe that sounds touchy-feely, or like it doesn’t have any place in a business discussion, but I can personally attest that taking care of yourself is one of the best investments you can ever make in your business. In this episode I’m chatting with Cory Miller and Pippin Williamson, creators of iThemes and Easy Digital Downloads, respectively. Both Cory and Pippin have publicly written and spoken about the important role mental health has played in their businesses. I consider these guys pillars of success in the WordPress community and it’s absolutely refreshing to hear them acknowledge how critical personal wellness is to running your business. Join us for a fun and frank conversation on what it means to take care of yourself so that you’re able to take care of your business.
Mar 13, 2016
Relationships and the Role they play in Business Growth, Episode 94 Aired on March 10th, 2016 with Tom McFarlin View Transcript Join the Discussion Video Player 00:0000:00 We started of this season of the podcast talking about the importance of communication in business. In this episode, we continue in that vein to discuss the role relationships play in growing your business (and how poor relationships can cripple your success). Join me with WordPress guru and small business owner Tom McFarlin as we chat about the root of true success: great relationships.
Feb 19, 2016
It’s hard to get started when you have no momentum – that’s true whether we’re talking about going to the gym after a long break or starting up a new project. When it comes to your business and making the leap to “what’s next,” maybe you don’t feel like you know enough to take the right steps, that you have no momentum to leverage. But what if you have momentum that you didn’t even realize? In this episode, Mendel Kurland joins me to talk about using previous successes (no matter how little) to build your business. Be encouraged, be inspired, and, by all means, be ready to get started on your “what’s next.”
Feb 14, 2016
Most freelancers begin as sole proprietors. It’s an inexpensive way to start, especially when you’re trying to land your first few clients or when freelancing is really just a side-gig. But as you start to grow, how do you know what type of legal business entity is right for you?
Feb 5, 2016
When your business is young and cash isn’t exactly pouring in, it’s tough to know when to take financial risks. Sometimes it’s a $40 risk on a plugin, sometimes it’s a $4,000 risk on hiring some help. But how do you make sure you’re taking the right risks? Being the owner/operator of your business means you will need take financial risks to grow, so the question is not “will I take risks”, but rather “how do I be smart about risks?” Join me on this episode with Brad Touesnard of Delicious Brains (if you don’t recognize his company, you’ll like recognize his flagship product: WP Migrate DB Pro). Brad started as an independent web developer and has grown into a full-on business-owner, supporting his career and the folks that work with him. We’ll talk about the evolution of freelancer to employer and hear Brad’s experience on taking risks to grow a busines
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