I was born in 1973. With a bachelor’s degree, I am the least educated person in my immediate family. My parents had a computer in the house before most people knew that personal computing was a thing.
I was sent to “enrichment camp” five days a week the summers after third and fourth grade where I learned to code in three languages, how to write poetry, speak French, and other smartypants stuff.
When I was 11, my maternal grandparents, both immigrants, died and left my mom about $60,000. We moved to a new home in a better school district. The high school had a planetarium. I never finished my junior year of high school.
I got my GED and applied to and was accepted by two colleges. In college, I met other geeky, white people and helped start an Internet service provider where I worked for ten years.
Now I work from home, staring at palm trees from my sit/stand desk, helping companies with esoteric niche digital marketing concerns.
I fired a Hawaii marketing agency a couple of months ago. I was not a client. I’d been providing usability and SEO services to their clients since 2007. (Does that mean I quit?) I grew online business for a few of their big-name clients and received decent money for it. Everybody at the agency was polite and skilled. So why did I fire them? Throughout the six-year engagement they paid several hundred invoices, but rarely on time. I fired them because they regularly forced me to act as an accountant and a collections agent.
Glutton For Digital Media Agency Punishment
A few weeks later I was approached by another Hawaii digital marketing outfit. I’m not hungry for work now, but with so much SEO and usability experience in the Hawaii destination and hospitality verticals, part of me wants to put that knowledge to good use. So when this new agency reached out to me, I engaged.
I insist on signing a mutual non-disclosure agreement with all clients. The NDA serves to protect any private information and ostensibly allows us to discuss anything without worry of public eyes and ears. After a month of wasting my time, this new agency today tells me, “We can’t sign this.” I tried to identify and fix the perceived problem, but after receiving a couple more obtuse emails, I eventually jabbed, “I take my clients’ privacy very seriously. If [Agency] doesn’t respect that, we’re obviously not a good match.” I sent a friendly “goodbye” note to his partner.
I assure you I won’t be communicating with them again unless we agree about privacy.
Don’t invest too much speculative time with clients until they agree to protect privacy.
I’d again like to help a Hawaii company or agency with search engine optimization and user experience.
I *still* don’t like time-wasters.
Dan Dreifort‘s current clients include: Product recommendation SaaS company, Plastic container manufacturer/retailer, Adjustable air-mattress retailer/manufacturer, Memory foam mattress manufacturer/retailer, Specialty shipping company, Brazilian jiu jitsu franchises, Tourist magazine, Childcare franchises, Acting school, Real estate brokers, Lawyer, Fence manufacturer/retailer, Online drug rehab center and a couple more. Dan is busy and can’t accept new work until January, 2014.