We’re in the midst of a series of interviews with WordPress freelancers, exploring some of the keys to their success. Today we talk with freelancer Naomi C. Bush. She’s been working with WordPress since 2005 and specializes in payment systems and forms.
“Life’s too short to be sitting in your chair feeling resentful because you’re doing way too much and getting paid way too little.”
– Naomi C. Bush
We’re going to talk choosing projects, defining boundaries and focus:
What do you love most about being a freelancer?
What I love most about being a freelancer is being able to set the type of work I do and when I do it. There’s no clock to punch and I get to choose my projects.
What’s held you back as a freelancer, and how have you overcome it?
The biggest thing that has held me back as a freelancer is wanting to help too much and not charging enough. I’ve since learned to set boundaries—every one of my projects is clearly defined, has built-in communication checkpoints and is at a price I believe is fair. Life’s too short to be sitting in your chair feeling resentful because you’re doing way too much and getting paid way too little.
What are some things you’ve done to improve your profitability as a freelancer?
The biggest thing I’ve done to improve my profitability as a freelancer is focus. I only work with form builders, specifically as a Gravity Forms developer, because that’s what I enjoy. I know others who are WooCommerce specialists or membership site specialists or BuddyPress specialists—even your own Timothy Jacobs who specializes in iThemes Exchange—and when I run across someone who has a need for those things, I know exactly who to recommend. So I always encourage others to find an area you like, and be known for that. And if you’re not sure, just pick something. It’s not like you have to be married to it for the rest of your life.