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Elusive Moose Podcast
36 minutes | Mar 1, 2017
Episode 31: Screw the Cubicle
Lydia Lee is a transition coach, helping people get to the core of the unique services they can offer the world, and then prepare to leave their unfulfilling work beyond and launch a business they can love and really believe in. All of the details about what Lydia does can be found at ScrewTheCubicle.com. She called in for this episodes from the island of Bali. You may hear some wildlife periodically in the background. I did ask and it seems that there were no Moose on the island that morning. It remained as Elusive as ever. Hopefully today’s conversation will help you find an Elusive solution to a challenge you’re facing.The post Episode 31: Screw the Cubicle appeared first on Elusive Moose.
26 minutes | Feb 22, 2017
Episode 30: Location Independence
Jason welcomes Joel Bergeron, the founder of The Future Is Creative, a website dedicated to helping creatives start, launch, and grow freelance businesses where the sky's the limit. Joel is originally from Canada and currently located in Melbourne, Australia, but lives a location independent lifestyle. In the past year he has lived and worked in a number of countries around the world and he joins us on the podcast to talk about the pros and cons of the location independence.The post Episode 30: Location Independence appeared first on Elusive Moose.
29 minutes | Feb 15, 2017
Episode 29: Managing Ongoing Support Work
What happens after a project rolls out and the software you have created is being used everyday? Software needs to be maintained and supported. New ideas need to be implemented, features need to be modified, and issues need to be resolved. So what are the options for managing this work and how valuable is it? The post Episode 29: Managing Ongoing Support Work appeared first on Elusive Moose.
30 minutes | Feb 8, 2017
Episode 28: Taking Time Off
As an entrepreneur, we know we that taking time off is crucial to staying fresh and focused. But, what is time off? Is it necessarily a recreational vacation, or simply spending time on other kinds of tasks?The post Episode 28: Taking Time Off appeared first on Elusive Moose.
24 minutes | Feb 1, 2017
Episode 27: 2017 Kickoff
The first month of 2017 flew by and suddenly we're in the thick of the new year once again. We're very excited to be back publishing regular podcast episodes! In this first episode of 2017 we took a look back to share our favorite takeaways from the last FindYourMoose conference that we hosted in Chicago in September 2016.The post Episode 27: 2017 Kickoff appeared first on Elusive Moose.
3 minutes | Jul 27, 2016
Find Your Moose 2016 is Coming Soon!
Our next Find Your Moose conference coming up on September 7 & 8 in Chicago. It’s two days of learning, sharing, and connecting with other software developers and consultants who are facing the same challenges you face launching, building, and growing a successful and fulfilling small business. You’ll not only walk away from Find Your Moose inspired and energized, you’ll also have a new toolbox filled with techniques for dramatic improvement in your work.The post Find Your Moose 2016 is Coming Soon! appeared first on Elusive Moose.
28 minutes | Jul 13, 2016
Episode 26: Lead Generation with Philip Morgan
Lead generation is critical for any consultant to keep working. If you’re not generating leads, even during the busy times, at some point in the future you will inevitably run out of stuff to do and have to scramble to get work in the door. This is particularly relevant when you’re ready to grow your business by hiring subcontractors or employees and suddenly have more than one mouth to feed. On this episode of the podcast, Jason welcomes Philip Morgan, a lead generation specialist, who has created an awesome tool to help you decide the lead generation techniques you should try and who offers programs to help you get started.The post Episode 26: Lead Generation with Philip Morgan appeared first on Elusive Moose.
25 minutes | Jul 6, 2016
Episode 25: Research Driven A/B Testing with Nick Disabato
Nick Disabato (aka Nick D) is a designer. He runs a solo design consultancy in Chicago called Draft that uses research-driven A/B testing to generate revenue for ecommerce businesses. It’s a thoughtful design strategy that works. Nick will be speaking at the upcoming Find Your Moose 2016 conference in Chicago on September 7 & 8.The post Episode 25: Research Driven A/B Testing with Nick Disabato appeared first on Elusive Moose.
30 minutes | Jun 29, 2016
Episode 24: Getting Paid
Getting paid is an obviously critical aspect of running your business. We need to figure the appropriate billing method and terms for our culture, clients, and projects. Then we need to know what to do when a client doesn’t respect those terms.The post Episode 24: Getting Paid appeared first on Elusive Moose.
38 minutes | Jun 22, 2016
Episode 23: Value Pricing with Jonathan Stark
In the words of Jonathan Stark, value pricing is “fixed bid on steroids”. Jonathan is a mobile consultant who helps consumer brands thrive in the post-PC era. He is the author of three books on mobile and web development and a business coach helping other consultants transform their businesses using Value Pricing. He has been interviewed by national media outlets MSNBC and the Wall Street Journal and can be heard on numerous podcasts every week. On this episode, Jonathan and Jason discuss Value Pricing, a method of pricing consulting work that he has used successfully for the past ten years.The post Episode 23: Value Pricing with Jonathan Stark appeared first on Elusive Moose.
25 minutes | Jun 15, 2016
Episode 22: Needs Analysis
Needs analysis is the part of the initial discovery phase of a project where you work with a client to define the problem that needs to be solved and explore possible solutions to that problem. On this podcast episode, Molly and Jason breakdown three important aspects of analyzing the needs of a consulting project: determining who is in the room and why, prioritizing a growing list of requirements, and dealing with ideas that have been proven to fail.The post Episode 22: Needs Analysis appeared first on Elusive Moose.
24 minutes | Jun 8, 2016
Episode 21: Effective Consulting with Ryan Waggoner
Ryan Waggoner is a successful mobile development consultant who has an interest in effective consulting and constant professional improvement. He joined Jason for a conversation about developing good habits, experimenting with systems to track and measure success, and executing a few personal techniques to maximum effectiveness around your consulting work.The post Episode 21: Effective Consulting with Ryan Waggoner appeared first on Elusive Moose.
17 minutes | Jun 1, 2016
Episode 20: Productivity Hacks for Teams
Molly and Jason have both managed consulting teams and have implemented a number of productivity hacks over the years to increase billable hours and raise the overall efficiencies of their teams. On today’s episode they discuss common misconceptions that can lead to consulting firms leaving money on the table and a few suggestions to increase the productivity of consulting teams.The post Episode 20: Productivity Hacks for Teams appeared first on Elusive Moose.
20 minutes | May 25, 2016
Episode 19: Project Discovery with Roger Jacques
On today’s episode of the podcast, Jason is joined by special guest Roger Jacques, a long time software and web consultant and owner of Tek-Connect, a web development firm based in San Mateo, CA. Jason and Roger explore their project discovery processes and discuss some of the nuances of different approaches to this critical part of a consulting project.The post Episode 19: Project Discovery with Roger Jacques appeared first on Elusive Moose.
17 minutes | May 18, 2016
Episode 18: Three Tough Consulting Challenges
Every client and every project presents a unique set of consulting challenges. The very nature of consulting involves working on projects and in scenarios that have never existed before. No matter how great your project management process is or how much experience you have working with clients, you run the risk of facing unexpected challenges that require confidence, courage, and tough skin.The post Episode 18: Three Tough Consulting Challenges appeared first on Elusive Moose.
26 minutes | May 11, 2016
Episode 17: Two Common Pain Points
There are many pain points that we have to deal with as consultants and leaders of consulting teams. Two of the primary pain points that Molly and Jason have experienced in their own work, or helped other teams work through are time tracking and meeting deadlines. In this episode Molly and Jason share anecdotes and advice for acknowledging and addressing these issues.The post Episode 17: Two Common Pain Points appeared first on Elusive Moose.
26 minutes | May 4, 2016
Episode 16: A Chat About Billing Methods
There are several billing methods out there for consultants to choose from when deciding how to get paid. This week on the podcast Molly and Jason discuss a few of the most popular, like hourly and flat fee billing, the more obscure target price method, and the emerging value pricing. Included in this episode is a clip from a recent expert interview with Jonathan Stark, a mobile consultant and value pricing advocate.The post Episode 16: A Chat About Billing Methods appeared first on Elusive Moose.
26 minutes | Apr 27, 2016
Episode 15: Jason’s Facebook Purge
Molly and Jason discuss his recent Facebook purge, the lessons he learned from his experience, and why he's active on social media once again. Molly shares a personal story about how Facebook literally helped her build a family. The episode wraps up with a discussion around the Elusive Moose experience with various social media platforms.The post Episode 15: Jason’s Facebook Purge appeared first on Elusive Moose.
14 minutes | Apr 20, 2016
Episode 14: Creativity Matters
On today’s episode, Molly and Jason explore the idea that creativity matters and explore some of the roadblocks to creativity in the workforce and in life as an adult in our western culture.The post Episode 14: Creativity Matters appeared first on Elusive Moose.
21 minutes | Apr 13, 2016
Episode 13: Enjoy Your Work!
Elusive Moose podcast episode 13 introduces the concept of enjoying your work to new members, listeners, and visitors. For Jason and Molly, to “enjoy” doesn’t necessarily mean be happy or find pleasure in something. It means benefiting from or being fulfilled by work while experiencing a full-range of different emotions (both positive and negative).The post Episode 13: Enjoy Your Work! appeared first on Elusive Moose.
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