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A show about finance, freelance and being better at both

The dynamic duo get tattoos. Also, we talk dreams and shattering the business dreams.

41: Buff Qualifications

April 20, 2017

We all want to read more, right? But how?

40: Smart Pounds

April 13, 2017

Money. Specifically, the process involved in taking money from customers.

39: Morass of Maybe

April 6, 2017

Remaining productive and on top of things when your world is crashing down around you.

38: Brainstorms and Such

March 30, 2017

We discuss noise and the results and impacts of it on your business.

An interview with Shawn Blanc wherein Shawn and Brett sound really terrible.

Your valiant steeds take you on a jaunt through skill acquisition.

35: Work/Life Liturgy

March 9, 2017

What the rituals of a church teach us about work.

Further discussion on information as the antidote to anxiety.

33: Choose Your Own Emergency

February 23, 2017

Anxiety, uncertainty, and money.

32: No Money, No Problems

February 16, 2017

Tools, tools, tools!

31: Rent a Brain

February 9, 2017

Today we celebrate our 31st episode anniversary by discussing who should be in your go-to network

30: Stress Level Coin Toss

February 2, 2017

How stress can, and does, ruin your life.

29: Hover Car Market Share

January 26, 2017

This week, Brett and Andrew discuss uncertainty and stress in business. Mostly uncertainty.

28: Irreverent Monk

January 19, 2017

This week, the dynamic duo discuss Just In Time Inventory (and how it's making inroads from businesses to our homes).

Orthogonal BOOK CLUB! We talk about the book Deep Work by Cal Newport. We mostly talk about how Andrew is doing everything wrong.

What's better than one interview? Another interview. This week, it's our pal Christopher DeCaro.

25: Year End Couch Crunch

December 22, 2016

We discuss year-end feelings and people moving slowly. We also think of a domain. And Andrew owns it now. And Joy delivers, what we call, the goods.

Holy Guests Batman! This week we trick the immutably awesome David Sparks to telling us all the secrets of the legal world.

23: Privilege Pants

December 8, 2016

This week, Brett and Andrew talk about tools, how they work, and why we feel entitled to perfection when using them.

Brett and Andrew ring in the holiday season with this double episode.

Coworking spaces and kegerators.

20: Expect The Unexpected

November 17, 2016

Andrew explains the financial implications of electing a less-than-popular President.

19: Big Boy Pants Stuff

November 10, 2016

This week, we dive into the bottom half of the inverted traffic cone: personal finance.

18: Who Wants This Pencil?

November 3, 2016

Owning attention can be the most valuable product you have.

17: Not My Bucket

October 27, 2016

Trying to be all things to all people makes you no one's anything.

16: Dog Crap Pancakes

October 20, 2016

We're all about business growth this week. Join us.

The ideal freelancer set-up - does it include a knuckle tattoo?

14: Nut 20

October 6, 2016

Want to grow your small business in a way that sounds weird at first? We've got you covered.

13: Humble Pie: Take & Bake

September 29, 2016

Your dynamic duo unpack the agony and the ecstasy of launching a new product or business.

12: Smart Past, Dumb Now

September 22, 2016

Your boys discuss managing time and projects — what it takes and what it costs.

11: Freestyler Business Person

September 15, 2016

Your boys discuss The Three H's of Business Success.

10: Details, Schmetails

September 8, 2016

Your favorite dynamic duo are back and discussing education, books, and learning in general for freelancers and entrepreneurs.

The main point is that Andrew loves charcuterie and thinks everybody else does, too.

How smart freelancers and entrepreneurs deal with taxes.

Networking, marketing, and vegan cinnamon rolls.

Brett and Andrew unpack the process of moving from a "regular" job to a freelance, independent career.

05: Habit Problems

August 4, 2016

A continuation of the automation discussion and why Andrew's wife is his Brother.

04: Automated Sniff Test

July 28, 2016

Andrew and Brett address important business issues like specialization, automation, and chihuahua enthusiasts.

Brett and Andrew discuss what it means to be an independent worker and business owner.

02: Website Office Lobby

July 14, 2016

Workspaces, workspaces, workspaces!

We talk about the specialization of jobs and what it means for business. Andrew shifts Brett's listener paradigm. Brett falls asleep while Andrew lectures him on economics. Brett saves the world from a pet peeve rant.

00: Pamphlet Pros

July 4, 2016

Test, test. This is the intro. We'll talk a little bit about us, what we do, and why we started this podcast in the first place. If you have any comments for us or want to ask questions check us out at the Spec Network Slack: in the #orthogonal channel.

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