My takeaways from DYFConf

A few nights ago, I returned from the first edition of the Double Your Freelancing Conference, a new conference to help consultants and agencies to grow their businesses. Here’s a short list of what really hit home during my week in cozy Norfolk, VA.

James Clear

How to develop better work habits

James broke the ice with a incredible speech about building better habits. He spoke about the main difference between amateurs and professionals. An amateur works when he feels inspired, whereas a professional works on a schedule, even if he doesn’t feel like it. In fact, a professional plans their actions and commits to them every day.

5 steps to better habits

1. Simplify

Here’s my new home screen. #CheesyLvl1000

Kurt Elster

How to automate our selling

Kurt gave us plenty of excellent reasons why we should automate our systems in order to work less and earn more.

“You don’t have a business and personal life, you have a life. Use it well and stop drawing lines.”

Kurt recommended tools like Buffer to plan posts on social media and IFTTT to publish on different platforms at the same time.

Kurt Elster and Kai Davis

Website teardowns

Roughly a dozen people submitted their websites for teardowns. Kurt and Kai gave us excellent feedback on what makes a good sales page and what each person could improve. They even commented on their own pages, which weren’t perfect either. Here’s what I found most interesting:

Nathan Barry

How to become an authority

“We don’t teach because we’re experts. We’re experts because we teach.”

Nathan told us to teach everything we know. We often say “But why me? I have nothing special to teach. I don’t have enough experience.”

Julie Elster

Getting paid

Julie’s introduction was amazing. Her personal story kept us captivated as she compared our clients to relationships. Just like when you’re in a couple, if you hesitate to keep a relationship with a client, the best solution is probably to break up. In love and in business, everything should be done with honesty and transparency. It’s okay to be picky with clients. The quality of our clients is important if we want our business to thrive.

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