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

  1. 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. 

  2. If you're looking for a job, read my jobs page.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.)

    Helpful Resources

    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