Can we meet for coffee?
The short answer is yes, I'm usually happy to meet people for coffee, especially if you have questions about freelancing or writing a book or what to do with your life. To make the most of our meeting together, here are a few things to know.
Before we meet
If you're thinking about freelancing (or you're already doing it), please read my book: 40 Freelancing Secrets: Get work. Get paid. Have fun. It's short and easy to read, and it has most of the advice I give to freelancers, which means we can have a more in-depth conversation after you read it. If you don't want to buy it, just let me know and I'll email you a PDF.
If you're looking for a job, read my jobs page.
I typically prefer to meet at 7:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, at the Starbucks on Sheridan near Hopkins in Williamsville, or Spot on Transit near Maple. If that works for you, great — choose a location, and send me a few specific dates and times. If that doesn't work for you, let me know what does, and I'll do my best to be flexible.
- At least two days before our meeting, please email me to confirm our meeting, and to send me a list of questions you want to ask me. (We're not limited to these questions, of course, but this way I can think about some of your questions ahead of time and have better answers for you.)
Here are a few things that I've found extremely helpful over the course of my career:
- "What To Do When It's Your Turn" by Seth Godin — very inspirational and empowering
- "Essentialism" by Greg McKeown — great advice for staying focused
- "Deep Work" by Cal Newport — the how-to manual for getting more done
- Productivity Planner — the best weekly planner I've ever used (and I've used a lot); read more about planners here
- Bose noise-cancelling headphones — it's like having your own cocoon. They're not cheap, but consider them a 5-year investment.
- "Anything You Want" by Derek Sivers — great plain-spoken advice from a successful business owner
- Ikigai — how to find the intersection of what you do, what you love, what the world needs, and what people will pay for (here's an article to start)
- Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule by Paul Graham — an excellent essay that helps you figure out how you like to work (and how to manage your schedule accordingly)
- "Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published" by Eckstut and Sterry — the manual I used for getting an agent, writing a book proposal and getting my first book published
- "Platform" by Michael Hyatt — essential reading for promoting your book (or anything else)
- "Your First 100 Copies" by Tim Grahl — helpful if you're feeling overwhelmed about writing / publishing a book