Category Archives: gunforhire


Gun For Hire: Independence

Over the past twelve months I have been freelancer, hourly employee, salaried employee, and member of the largest employee-owned advertising agency in the United States of America. The adventure continues today, and it feels fitting on this Fourth of July to say a few words about independence.

Gun For Hire: Downtime

A funny thing happened today: I actually ran out of things to work on. My clients were happy, news of my new job was in motion, and I had no access to my home setup. What is a young creative to do? I think you can tell a lot about someone with how they use […]

Gun For Hire: Likeness

I tend to obsess about online presentation. Whether it’s business speak or replies on Twitter, I am fully aware that every time I “publish” anything it may be read by future clients. Here is an example of why that’s so important.

Gun For Hire: Portability

I get asked about my netbook at least once or twice each week. No matter where I go, the little Dell 10v with the Apple sticker draws a few stares. What is it? Why on earth is it so small? How could anyone get anything done on that thing?!

Gun For Hire: Reliance

These GFH articles have been down in the depths as of late, discussing the hard realities of having a business and searching for work. I’d be remiss to suggest that it really is turtles all the way down. Time to bring this trend of topics back toward the surface.

Gun For Hire: Unsustainable

This will not be the last post in my Gun For Hire series, but I do hope that it marks the start of a new chapter. It’s time to step up and deal with the elephant in the room: sustainability.

Gun For Hire: Nomad

I recently wrote a tongue-and-cheek post about losing internet for several days. It has a few tips for keeping things in motion while you wait for the interwebs to re-animate, but it doesn’t deal with the mindset of having to “run and gun” on public wifi. This post will.

Gun For Hire: Replicant

Like any crazed freelancer, I receive multiple emails a day from clients who all need something right at the same time. I’m not sure if this is a good sign or not, but it’s how things have been going for the past three years and change. How do you tell people they are important…but there are others in the crowd?

Gun For Hire: Support

Flying solo is a blessing and a curse. There seems to be a lot of debate in the freelance community about what it means to “make it work.” What do you consider success, how do you measure growth, and when do you know to stop pulling the trigger and call for reinforcements?

Gun For Hire: Connections

I love meeting people who live, work, and breathe the web industry. There are plenty of places I would like to go and people I would like to meet, but sometimes the “right” connections are right here in my own backyard.

Gun For Hire: Relocation

I’d love to glorify my current calendar mess and say something like, “I’m moving into a new studio space.” The cameras would slowly pan across my minimalist desk, the dim lighting would reveal the razor-sharp edges of my Apple hardware, and the piles of notebooks would remind you of Ray Bradbury, not this hectic freelancer.

Owning A Business

Owning a business is about doing the right thing and having the confidence that what you’re doing is going to work.

Gun for Hire: Introductions

Doing web work for yourself, clients, *and* a local web agency requires some fancy footwork at times. I’m not sure I’ve read too many blogs about going from flying solo to sitting at a desk (not like a corporate stooge, thankfully), so perhaps this will help some people

The W in Careers

Perhaps one of the biggest things I don’t like about sending “please hire me” material to companies is the impersonal feel of the package. You shine your shoes, put your best foot forward, and show that you’re the best one out there…but you may never actually meet them. Though I understand why it can’t be […]