Freelance web developer Curtis McHale lives outside Vancouver, Canada. In addition to building websites, he coaches business owners and enjoys biking.
We get quick business advice for freelancers from Curtis in our new series, “First, Best & Wish You Knew.”
How did you find your first client?
I’m pretty sure my first ‘real’ client I found via my father. He was working with a construction company, and they needed a website. He said his son did that, so they talked to me about it.
How did you find your best client?
My best clients have come in the last two years. They were recommendations from colleagues who didn’t quite match with the client, so they were told to work with me. My first five-figure project was a scenario like that.
What do you know now that you wish you knew before you started?
I wish I knew more about my value. Really what we do is magic, even if it’s just setting up some plugins. Clients would take weeks or months to learn it and we (WordPress as a whole) need to learn to truly value that and charge appropriately.
- Watch our webinar with Curtis McHale about why you do the work you do.
- Learn more from Curtis in his Smart Business Show podcast.
- Check out our interview with Curtis McHale:
“I hate budgeting. But it’s something you really should do if you want to run a viable business.” -Curtis McHale