Birth of a Mobile Web Developer

Birth of a Mobile Developer

Two weeks ago I hit a cool milestone in my journey as a location independent developer: I actually started working from a different location!

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April 10 , 2014
Category Tech, Tips
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EP6 WooCommerce Office Hours – March 14, 2014

Today’s WooCommerce Office Hours was focused on the default shipping methods that are available with WooCommerce and answered some questions from the chat room.

Vin Thomas from Fixel joined the room to hang out and listen in.  Thankfully he and SEO Guy Cape Town let me know when I accidentally muted myself during a screen share.  Thanks guys!

Doug Smith from Simply Charlotte Mason stopped by in the chat to ask some questions related to shipping and the way that some themes have a “progress bar” representing 5-Star reviews instead of stars.

During the show I covered how to configure Shipping Classes for products and how to setup the shipping methods for WooCommerce. The base shipping methods include:

  • Flat Rate
  • Free Shipping
  • International Delivery
  • Local Delivery
  • Local Pickup

Flat Rate shipping allows the store owner the ability to setup a base Cost per order that is added to the shipping rate before calculation.  Then costs can be added and calculated either Per Order, Per Item, or Per Class.  I show how to add a “Hardware” shipping class to some nails and then add a Per Item charge.

Free Shipping gives the admin the ability to offer customers free shipping based on a combination of minimum order amount or a coupon allowing free shipping.  Having a minimum order amount like $75 that unlocks free shipping is a great incentive for customers.

International Delivery is a separate shipping calculated cost for countries that are different than the base country set for the store.

Local Delivery is a way to charge a set Delivery Fee for billing addresses in specific Zip/Post codes. We also verified that WooCommerce is able to match Zip+4 post codes and longer/shorter post codes from other countries. Example: V6E 1N2, 90210, 78705-1234, 8001

Local Pickup is a way to allow no-cost shipping for specific Zip/Post codes when the customer will pickup the purchased item.

March 14 , 2014
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Lessons from being self employed again


The beginning my talk at WordCamp Grand Rapids was a story of me hitting the rock bottom of freelancing. I was over committed, broke, alone, and emotionally drained. That was the start of my transition to focusing on products instead of services. Looking back that transition was the best decision for me. I’ve really enjoyed building and supporting products.

Fast forward to today and it’s been a little over a month since going back to being fully self employed. I’ve been busy working on client projects and new businesses. Have total freedom of schedule again has been great as well as the people I’ve had a chance to meet.

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March 4 , 2014
Category Soloprenuer
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EP4 WooCommerce Office Hours 2014-02-21

Today’s WooCommerce Office Hours was titled “Don’t Feed The Trolls!” We were joined by Patrick Rauland, Patrick Garman, Tom McFarlin, Nik V., Rémi Corson, and Matt Medeiros.

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February 21 , 2014
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WooCommerce Office Hours 2014-02-14

In today’s WooCommerce Office Hours I few solo and talked about the new version of WooCommerce that dropped this week. WooCommerce 2.1.0 was made available on Monday and by the end of the week we had a 2.1.2 version with some bug fixes. Continue reading →

February 14 , 2014
Category WooCommerce
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Picking the Right Idea

I’ve had several conversations this week with product people about new ideas.  It’s something that I love to talk about.  I’m an extrovert and talking to people gives me energy, but talking to product people takes that energy to another level.  There’s really no need for NDAs or pretense when talking about this because ideas are cheap – execution is what is valuable. Continue reading →

February 7 , 2014
Category Soloprenuer
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3 Books To Read Before Leaving Your Job

Books To Read Before Leaving Your Job

I quit my last corporate job in 2008 where I was a programmer for a bank. It was In retrospect I didn’t do the best job of preparing myself, my family or our finances for the process we went through the next three years after quitting. The only books I had read about going solo described the joys of working for yourself and being your own master. They talked of a place where independence, business wisdom and revenue coincided to create a euphoric mountain top experience. Continue reading →

February 6 , 2014
Category Soloprenuer
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Client Work is Dead. Long Live Client Work.

Client Work is Dead. Long Live Client Work.

I wrote a post two years ago that I never published called “Goodbye Client Work.” It was my treatise against doing client work and freelancing. I included some really good links in that post. I linked to tweets/posts about the impossibility of estimating, the absurdity of customer requests, stories of freelancer burnout and even a Mad Men reference to Peggy’s conference room outburst about baked beans. Continue reading →

February 4 , 2014
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Leaving WooThemes

Friday was my last day working for WooThemes. It has been an enriching and fun 15 months working with the WooCommerce support team. In my tenure I was able to support customers across the globe, represent a world-wide brand, and forge friendships with a talented group of people who are passionate about WordPress. Continue reading →

February 3 , 2014
Category Notes
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