We Need to Talk About Late Payments

Wow. I was on LinkedIn earlier and one of my connections had posted that he’s just been paid for a job 671 days late! That’s got to be some sort of record?! I’ve never had an experience like that (thankfully) but I’ve had my fair share of late payers over the years. If you work…

WordNerd is 6 Today! Lessons From the Last Year

Crikey Bill. WordNerd is six years old today. How did that happen!? I called HMRC to say I was becoming self-employed on 2 August 2011 and a HUUUGE amount has happened since then. Here’s some of what I’ve learnt in the last 12 months: 1. Stick to what you’re good at and be prepared to…

It’s Not Me, It’s You! When to Break Up With a Client

Just like personal relationships, some professional relationships work out and some don’t. Professional relationships tend to involve fewer romantic dinners, gifts and love notes than personal ones (usually) but, just like them, if it all seems too difficult, it’s not working. Sometimes you have to accept that things won’t change and walk away. And that’s OK. It…

WordCamp Nederland I: My First International Speaking Gig!

At some point during the summer, I’m not exactly sure when, I applied to be a speaker at WordCamp Nederland 2016. Matt Mullenweg (best known for developing WordPress in 2003 with fellow founder Mike Little) organised the first ever WordCamp 10 years ago in San Francisco. These days there are nearly 16 million WordPress websites and about 80…

5 Reasons You Should Have a WordPress Website

I’m often asked which is the best website platform to use, there are lots to choose from and each has its merits but I’m a big fan of WordPress. WordPress isn’t as easy to use as website builders like Wix and Weebly but I don’t think they offer the same range of functionality. It is easier to use than Drupal…

How I Got Onto Page One of Google

I know it sounds a bit like one of those titles I was talking about in my last blog but this is a look at how I got onto page one of Google by doing a few straightforward things. This isn’t meant to be a comprehensive guide to SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), for that you…

You Don’t Make it Rain By Carrying an Umbrella

Two years, 9 months, 1 week, 5 days and 21 hours after I set up WordNerd it went BOOM!! It was the moment when the challenge to make sure there was money left at the end of the month became the challenge to manage multiple deadlines and stay on top of everything – while still…