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Entrepreneur With an Employee Mindset

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HTML All The Things is a web development podcast and discord community which was started by Matt and Mike, developers based in Ontario, Canada.

The podcast speaks to web development topics as well as running a small business, self-employment and time management. You can join them for both their successes and their struggles as they try to manage expanding their Web Development business without stretching themselves too thin.


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What's This One About?

In this episode Matt and Mike discuss front-end development, covering a roadmap of skills that can be used as a sort of guide through the many front-end technologies. The duo go over a list of topics that you can use to learn front-end development starting at vanilla HTML + CSS, and working into more complex topics like frameworks, JavaScript, some backend tech, and much more.

Show Notes

An entrepreneur with an employee mindset

  • Getting “stuck” in a contract or working relationship where you just do the tasks you’re given by a client and that’s it for the day

  • It’s easy to fall into this routine of just being your clients’ employee over the years, especially when you have a lot of clients

  • This is very common among people that have worked as an employee before, or those that have been in the “traditional” school system where you effectively wait to be given a task, you complete that task, then you get a reward for that task such as money, or a grade

  • Can really bog down the potential of your business and make your clients’ problems your problems

  • For example, you can easily fall into hard times when they do, and you both fight to get out of it - when you could have just left them and gotten a new contract

  • Obviously it’s not as easy as just leaving sometimes, especially if you know them, or have worked with them for a long time. Sometimes it’s better to stay if you believe their product will take off some day

  • There needs to be a balance of you running your business, and you taking on the tasks that they’re assigning you from their business. Remember you’re offering a service, you aren’t an employee

  • Knowing when to leave or stay with someone is extremely difficult, we mess this up probably every day

  • Footnote: You spend more time doing what you’re told than making decisions and running your business

Hesitating on “big” decisions

  • We all hesitate, rightly so, with big decisions. For entrepreneurs, the decision can take a long time and can even turn into some attempted social engineering

  • Trying to tailor conversations and social situations so that they fit a certain scenario almost never works - this commonly comes up when you have a difficult phone call, or email to send off - we can imagine the full conversation in our head, their responses and ours, but usually the conversation doesn’t follow such a linear path - remember they have their interpretation of the situation too

  • Hesitating on investing with something that you won’t miss.

  • We’ve all been in scenarios where we hesitate for hours and even days on whether we should sign up for some service that costs $10-20/mo

  • In the meantime, that service may give us access to some software that makes your process better and even gives you ideas for new services and/or products to offer yourself

  • At the end of the day if you forget to cancel that subscription, you won’t miss the $10-20/mo realistically (do cancel subs that you don’t use as they add up, but don’t fret over a forgotten month or two)

  • We spend a lot of time hesitating over things that won’t sink us anyway

  • Use that time to make decisions on truly big decisions that may sink you/your business, or affect you long term

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