Cheap work is undervalued and seldom appreciated by the client.

Cheap clients tend to be excessively demanding and disorganised. They often make you wait for information and input, and require regular follow ups when it comes to payment. …


My team was poached several years back by our biggest client at the time. I didn’t have any agreements in place with any of our clients or staff back then so I didn’t have a legal leg to stand on.

I knew contracts were important and had them drawn up…


Since the inception of MyEcommerce, we’ve made an effort to keep our accounting and statutory records in order. I started off doing the books myself but as soon as we hired staff, we outsourced our bookkeeping and payroll to a ‘big name’ firm.

We ended up dealing with a lot…


If you’re launching a business or embarking on a new career, it may be tempting to work a second job for a sense of security.

What you really need to do is commit, decide what you want to do and focus on it. You need to give it your full commitment; if you don’t, you can’t expect your team to.

I used to DJ and make good money doing it, but every hour I was out DJing was an hour I was not focusing on MyEcommerce and that was where my future was.

Do one thing, maybe two but whatever you do, do it so darn well that it’s all you need to do. You can expand your service offering once you have a big enough team to handle it. There’s enough work out there for specialists to exist.

Originally published at nathanjeffery.co on January 23, 2016.


Whether you’re a business owner, a team leader or starting your career, you need to put passion, energy and pride into everything you do.

Taking ownership, to me, is more than taking responsibility and being accountable for your actions or lack thereof. You need to constantly be learning and questioning situations, especially when things go awry.

Do things smarter. Be proactive; ask yourself why you’re doing something a certain way, whether it makes sense or if there’s a better way. Be constructive; learn from your mistakes and help others to learn from theirs.

Originally published at nathanjeffery.co on January 22, 2016.


You spend most of your adult life working so it’s only obvious that you should do what you love and get satisfaction from your career. You should love what you do so much that, if it wasn’t for needing to eat, you’d do it for free.

Doing something you care…


Failure is not an achievement and it’s certainly nothing to be proud of.

When you fail in business you lose money and often wreck the lives of your employees. …


I’m one of those people who has essentially abandoned the Adobe way. I install all of my apps from the App Store and that is the way I like it.

The news that Sketch will no longer be distributing through the App Store is fucking sad.

Apple, you need to…


Currently my iPhone’s battery is sitting at 5 percent. It’s been on for more than 7.6 days and it could probably go for a few more hours.

How do I get my phone battery to last so long? I don’t install useless shit on it.

When I got my first…


If it’s your first time working for yourself then you have some difficult lessons ahead, because firstly it’s a lie. You are not working for yourself, you are working for your suppliers, current and future employees, your clients and the government. They all get paid before you do.

The big difference is you now get to live pre-tax which can be very exciting.

You need to develop routines and figure out what you need to be spending your time on as soon as possible.

If you are actively coding yourself, you will need to allocate time to biz dev and time to development.

Remember most clients are awake during the day so you will probably need to do biz dev in the day and develop at night.

Originally published at nathanjeffery.net on November 30, 2015.

Nathan Jeffery

Reader and music listener. I occasionally publish my thoughts. Club DJ in a previous life. I open links in new tabs. https://nuclearpengy.com / @nucleapengy

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