The Ruby Freelancers Show 008 – Products

by woody2shoes on March 27, 2012


  • Charles Max Wood (   )
  • Eric Davis (  )
  • Evan Light (  )
  • Jeff Schoolcraft (  )


  • SAAS
  • Newsletters
  • iPhone Apps
  • Rails Beginning course
  • Evan’s iPad app
  • Scratch your own itch
  • Marketing works well over time
  • Batch up work
  • Scheduling blog posts
  • Budgeting time to do product development
  • Marketing takes up the most time
  • Why are you building what you’re building?
  • Project vs Product
  • Momentum
  • Marketing to build momentum
  • How do you find a product to make that your market wants to buy from you?
  • Yes, 50 scientific whatever,….
  • Product focused business – The product is the most powerful
  • Market focused business – The market is the most powerful
  • Opportunity cost of product development
  • Time and location freedom


  • (Eric)
  • (Eric)
  • (Eric)
  • (Evan)
  • (Evan)
  • (Evan)
  • and awards (Eric)
  • (Jeff)
  • (Jeff)
  • (Jeff)
  • (Chuck)
  • (Chuck)
  • (Evan)

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

March 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

No sound


warren vosper March 27, 2012 at 9:36 am

anyone else having trouble with the audio (there is none)?

tried streaming and download.


James March 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

Im also having issues streaming and in itunes.


David Hill March 27, 2012 at 10:42 am

Same for me. Looks like an hour of emptiness right now.


March 27, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Yeah, there’s no sound… :(


davisre March 27, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Same here.


March 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I think Chuck fixed the sound, try to redownload or stream.


kwbeam March 30, 2012 at 5:09 pm

How to pronounce Moleskine :)


April 1, 2012 at 12:25 am

Great podcast you guys — I just had a couple of points I wanted to add to your discussion of why to create a product and the cost comparison between client work and product work.

1. Self-owned products can create equity for a freelancer. I think its hard to compare your normal hourly rate to the time you spend on your own products because it’s time spent on an asset you own — as opposed to just collecting money for hours worked on a client project.
2. Building your own products can reduce (and possibly eliminate) your dependence on client contracts … leaving you with more freedom to work when and where you want.

I personally don’t think about the hourly rate of the time I spend working on my products … because there really isn’t a 1 to 1 correlation between hours worked and dollars earned with one’s own products.

Thanks for the podcast — I’m really enjoying it.


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