Unfederated

Helping Freelancers Grow Successful Businesses Doing What You Love

About the show

In a world of cubicles, office hours, arbitrary deadlines and unproductive meetings, more and more people are choosing to reclaim their work experience.  Different as night and day, a brother and sister compare notes on their success navigating the world of business as a solo lawyer and freelance marketing consultant. Join Rob and Sara as they learn from each other and strive to make hay while the sun shines.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Episode 13: Managing Friends as Clients

    Episode  |  September 18th, 2018  |  46 mins 44 secs

    Rob and Sara discuss the pros and cons of having clients who are also your friends. Navigating the waters of doing favors versus setting up a client relationship with a friend is tricky and can negatively affect your personal relationships. They discuss the importance of having a discussion about fees, costs, and boundaries at the outset to set expectations early. They also discuss the best solution which is probably to charge regular prices up front and implement a friends and family discount on the end when invoicing.

  • Episode 12: Live From Chattanooga Q&A: When to Trade Clients like Pogs, How to Fire a Client, Using Data to Direct Your Business

    Episode  |  September 11th, 2018  |  30 mins 20 secs

    Rob and Sara conduct a live recording at the Society of Work in Chattanooga. The Unfederated community weighs in with their most pressing questions about firing clients, the ways in which they track data and use it to make decisions and direct their businesses.

  • Episode 11: Brass Tacks #1: The Best Hardware and Devices for Going out on Your Own or Freelancing

    Episode  |  September 4th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min

    This Episode is the first part of a three-part mini-series: (1) the hardware we use, (2) the software we use (3) special resources we use when we travel. Rob and Sara discuss exactly what hardware they've chosen to invest in, the importance of using the right hardware for a stream-lined freelancer set up. It's a business expense and write-off, but still should be carefully considered, especially at the beginning. They discuss data privacy and the importance of disposing of old hardware securely and safely.

  • Episode 10: Q&A: Impractical client requests, the lack of maternity leave as a solo business, partners who don't have an income changes the freelancer equation, mentors

    Episode  |  August 28th, 2018  |  40 mins 11 secs

    Rob discusses a client request to print and mail invoices when it disrupts his dearly-held streamlined freelancer systems. When freelancing, whether to accommodate a client request that undermines your efficiencies is a question to be debated and mulled over. They then take a listener question about stay-at-home partners and how the considerations about freelancing change in the context of having only one spouse bringing in traditional income. Rob explains how having a wife who is also a freelancer worked financially when they had their daughter. They discuss how having a supportive spouse managing the family's life can be productive and helpful when running a business. They touch on the importance of having your partner's support of your plans to freelance and finding a good mentor. They discuss how they would approach employment differently after their experience running their own businesses.

  • Episode 9: Staying Inspired As Freelancers: Staying Engaged, Ideal Clients, Treating your brain like a Tesla, and preparing for Artificial Intelligence and an Economic Downturn

    Episode  |  August 21st, 2018  |  44 mins 20 secs

    Rob and Sara discuss how they manage to stay inspired and engaged during the day-to-day of freelancing. Freelancing is the purest form of business. Sara explains her elaborate systems for staying engaged through the day. Rob discusses his efforts to make his time with his wife and daughter more intentional and the allure of continuously working when you're a freelancer. They discuss the importance of staying aware of bigger picture trends in marketing and in law with technology changing rapidly and with the possibility of a future economic downturn.

  • Episode 8: Money: The Nitty Gritty of Cash Flow, Billing Software and Retirement Savings for Self-employed

    Episode  |  August 14th, 2018  |  57 mins 48 secs

    Rob and Sara discuss each of their approaches to managing cash flow as a freelancer. Both discuss the benefits of keeping your finances separate as early as possible, saving all along for taxes, and how to prioritize saving for retirement when you're self-employed. Then the co-hosts give their unbiased reviews of the most popular accounting software options on the market.

  • Episode 7: Timely Pivoting and Cutting Your Losses: Early Freelancing Mistakes Explained

    Episode  |  August 7th, 2018  |  42 mins 17 secs

    Rob and Sara both experienced early failures and mistakes that helped them learn how to be better freelancers. They discuss some of their shared experiences with mistakes when they first started out and what they learned from them. Both have found the importance of pivoting when something isn’t working and remaining open to good opportunities. Many freelancers will find that the initial version of their business may look very different from the one that ultimately finds success. Both have reluctantly decided to stop hiding behind company names and have found the most success in marketing themselves as individuals.

  • Episode 6: The Slow Down Low Down: Teaching Yourself to Pivot, not to Panic

    Episode  |  July 31st, 2018  |  46 mins 5 secs

    Rob and Sara discuss tips and tricks for managing the panic that can accompany a slow day when you’re freelancing.

  • Episode 5: Embracing the Hustle: Sales & Networking

    Episode  |  July 24th, 2018  |  51 mins 14 secs

    It wouldn't be freelancing without the hustle. Even if cold calls and networking sound like your worst nightmare, you can still be a successful solo practitioner by forming deep and meaningful connections with like-minded professionals in your industry. Rob and Sara discuss how they've found a surprising amount of success by just being genuine and being themselves.

  • Episode 4: Create the Company You’ve Always Wanted to Work For

    Episode  |  July 17th, 2018  |  47 mins 26 secs

    You’ve taken charge of your career, but now what? The #freelancerlife can be a rocky transition and the freedom can be overwhelming. Rob and Sara discuss avoiding the key freelancer traps that derail many new freelancers.

  • Episode 3: Freelancing and the Importance of Managing Perception

    Episode  |  July 10th, 2018  |  36 mins 53 secs

    In this episode, Rob and Sara compare and contrast the perception of freelancing in their respective fields. They discuss office, colleagues perception, ideal optics for clients, and the ways in which they market themselves at dinner parties.

  • Episode 2: The Freedom to Fail: the Pros & Cons of Freelancing

    Episode  |  July 3rd, 2018  |  33 mins 12 secs

    Rob & Sara discuss the main pros and cons to the freelancer life without sugar coating the bad.

  • Episode 1: Doing the Math: The Decision To Go Solo

    Episode  |  June 26th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min
    the decision

    Rob & Sara discuss the slow-build of certainty they each experienced in the decision to go solo, including what advice they would give their previous selves.

  • Episode 0: The Very Beginning

    Episode  |  June 18th, 2018  |  8 mins 49 secs
    meta

    Sara & Rob share their hopes for the Unfederated podcast - outlining their own experiences as freelancers and providing the framework for how community among freelancers can empower success.