Orthogonal

A show about finance, freelance and being better at both

October 18, 2018

115: How To Charge Money To Happy People

Managing clients becomes the hardest part of a service business - and is usually the key to profitability.

October 11, 2018

114: MacGyvering A Business

How to make businesses quickly using wings, prayers, and gum.

October 4, 2018

113: Protecting Yourself as A Freelancer

Today your hosts talk about how the social safety nets that apply to employees and how to duplicate them as a Freelancer

September 27, 2018

112: The Start of Something New

Brett and Andrew are starting another business together.

September 20, 2018

111: Business is Failure

We all fail. Let’s talk about it.

September 13, 2018

110: Asking All The Questions

The boys about what they would do different in their business launches.

September 6, 2018

109: Mousetrap Startup

Your boys discuss the best-selling book, The $100 Startup.

August 30, 2018

108: Time is Wealth

This week, we explore the idea that time is the only real form of wealth.

August 23, 2018

107: Ten Pounds of Work In A Five Pound Bag

Today we talk about the age-old problem - how do we get all the work in? The answer might surprise you...

August 16, 2018

106: Flavors of CPA (feat. Jeremy - Part 2)

Today Brett and Andrew continue the conversation with Jeremy Wells, AKA CFOJeremy!

August 9, 2018

105: Flavors of CPA (feat. Jeremy - Part 1)

Today Brett and Andrew are joined by Jeremy Wells, AKA CFOJeremy!

August 2, 2018

104: Garage Sale Money

Brett has a garage sale.

July 26, 2018

103: Tricked Out Chrome Extensions

Brett evaluates what it would mean to switch to Android. Andrew is overjoyed.

July 19, 2018

102: Conferencing for Dummies (feat. Ryan McRae)

Continuation of Brett's man-call with Ryan McRae! Brett hates conferences. Ryan loves them.

July 12, 2018

101: Buying Back Time (feat. Ryan McRae)

Brett has a great call with Ryan McRae, they discuss how they started selling online.

July 5, 2018

100: The Strenuous Life Badge

THIS IS EPISODE 100. What in the actual Heck.

June 28, 2018

99: Ego Is The Enemy & Goats Are Just The Best

Brett returns and the boys discuss his domestication and Ryan Holiday's book, Ego is the Enemy.

June 21, 2018

98: Business Party Hats (feat. Kathy Campbell)

With Brett on vacation, Kathy The Unicorn steps in to keep Andrew in line.

June 14, 2018

97: Curiosity And Idea Bone Saws

In the third installment of our "Offend Everyone" series - we explore what happens when maybe the idea isn't ready to die.

June 7, 2018

96: Holster The Idea Pistol

Continuing the discussion from last week, and the darkness, we discuss how you go about ending a project.

May 31, 2018

95: Minimum Viable Momentum (MVM)

Brett and Andrew explore the new concept they coined - Minimum Viable Momentum (MVM)

May 24, 2018

94: Keep It Rolling

Andrew and Brett take lessons on how to be successful from Will Smith and a Billionaire.

May 17, 2018

93: Workflow Interruption Org-Charts

In this not-so-great-audio version, Brett and Andrew discuss Texas and moving as well as office spaces and interruptions.

May 10, 2018

92: RE-AIR Ep. 20 - Website Office Lobby

Workspaces, workspaces, workspaces!

May 3, 2018

91: RE-AIR Ep. 1 - Pin Needle Freelance

Does not having a job make you more wealthy?

April 26, 2018

90: Investment vs. Cost

In the last LIVE episode (until Andrew is back in town and they do a live episode again) Andrew and Brett talk about weddings playlists, moving plans and the difference between investments and costs.

April 12, 2018

88: The Puck Stops Here

Sometimes you have to go to the third string - but business owners have to make it happen!

April 5, 2018

87: Poopy Diaper Business Time

We have to be honest, there is a lot of talk about poop. But we relate it to business.

March 29, 2018

86: Margins of Stress

Managing stress as a freelancer involves giving yourself some slack.

March 22, 2018

85: Dear, Google

Andrew's moving to Texas and is increasingly disappointed in Evernote.

March 15, 2018

84: Branding & What it Actually Means w/ Bethany & Melinda (Part 2)

Brett and Andrew are joined by two special guests: Bethany and Melinda. We’re talking business.

March 1, 2018

82: Brett Gets Google Productive

Brett rediscovers Google as a business service and finds out it doesn't suck.

February 8, 2018

79: Go Union!

Andrew tries to convince Brett to join his union. He declines.

February 1, 2018

78: Profit First Part Deux (feat. Christopher DeCaro)

We revisit Profit First, the book Andrew hated. Turns out it isn't that bad.

January 25, 2018

77: Working Well With Others

In today's episode of Orthogonal Brett and Andrew talk about how to work with people.

January 11, 2018

75: Economics As Pie

Andrew explain economics to Brett

December 21, 2017

74: Bread and Fairness

This week, Brett and Andrew discuss the idea of fairness and why it's an absurd pursuit in life and business.

December 14, 2017

73: Andrew Shreds Profit First

This week, Andrew discusses why he kinda hates the book Profit First.

December 7, 2017

72: Leadership w/ Dave Stachowiak - Pt 2

A continuation of last week's episode, some great ideas on being a great leader.

November 30, 2017

71: Leadership w/ Dave Stachowiak - Pt 1

Special treat today - we talk with Leadership expert Dave Stachowiak about how leadership works in general and for freelancers

November 23, 2017

70: Andrew Knows His Hardware

Andrew and Brett talk about hardware. Despite his protestations, Brett is the tech guy.

November 16, 2017

69: More Words

Brett and Andrew discuss how to ask good questions and when you do hire an advisor.

November 9, 2017

68: Brett Doesn't Do Conferences

It’s not that conferences are bad, it’s just that Brett hates them.

November 2, 2017

67: Pricing Is Hard

In this episode, Andrew tries to apply his high-minded economics to pricing a product. Brett fixes it.

October 26, 2017

66: Less Spin The Wheel, More Focus

Your friends spend a little time discussing their multitude of tools and how they use them.

October 19, 2017

65: Happiness Is Faith In The Plan

Plans, financial or otherwise, produce happiness.

October 12, 2017

64: Goals vs. Systems

Goals vs. Systems (and why one of them wins)

October 5, 2017

63: Multiple Income Streams & Donut Shops (feat. Chris DeCaro)

Andrew & Brett have their very special guest and friend Chris DeCaro - we talk about multiple income streams and how to diversify.

September 28, 2017

62: Fake It Till You Make It - Rinse and Repeat

This entire episode is an asterisk - the footnote to the concept of "faking it until you make it".

September 21, 2017

61: Want To Make Money? Be an A-Hole

Andrew and Brett talk about how the best way to make money in business is to put profit first. Also, why most people miss their opportunity for free money.

September 14, 2017

60: Computer Smarts

The last episode that Brett and Andrew talk about programming, we promise.

September 7, 2017

59: Death to Voicemail

The evil that is voice mail and Andrew's new multi-phone lifestyle.

August 17, 2017

58: Steady Hum of Vacation Anxiety

Why business owners and freelancers have serious trouble taking time off

August 10, 2017

57: Shelf of Plan Bs

Creativity and problem solving - Why beginning with the end mind is a thing.

August 3, 2017

56: Coffeeless Code Headaches

We venture into coding. It ends badly. (Andrew loves it).

July 27, 2017

55: From Brick Layer To Grand Planner (feat. Melinda Livsey)

Why all the money is made being a small business owner and not just a hired gun.

July 20, 2017

54: Step Away

Bonus double episode! Topics include separating work from life + Andrew's fancy web app

July 13, 2017

53: Think Like A Rich Person

Scarcity mindset vs. abundance mindset

July 6, 2017

52: Kiss The Dog Yelp Reviews (feat. Jonathan Kelly)

Part two of Brett's conversation with guest host, Jon Kelly

June 22, 2017

50: Paying To Climb Walls (feat. Natassia)

Paying Tony Robbins and buying your way to capability.

June 15, 2017

49: Jumping The Corporate Titanic (feat. Natassia & Bethany)

Special Guest Natasha tells us the story of starting not one, but two businesses.

June 1, 2017

47: Someday is Never (feat. Bethany Michaels)

Brett and Andrew welcome Bethany Michaels, freelance social media strategist.

May 25, 2017

46: Unicorn Eyeroll

Andrew describes how tiny companies can get investors

May 11, 2017

44: Buckets of Ideas

Brett and Andrew take cues from The Profit in evaluating Brett's new business.

May 4, 2017

43: Icing On The Paincake

How to approach your business like a business - and why we don't let emotions make business decisions.

April 27, 2017

42: Dreaming The Wrong Dreams

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

April 20, 2017

41: Buff Qualifications

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

April 13, 2017

40: Smart Pounds

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

April 6, 2017

39: Morass of Maybe

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

March 30, 2017

38: Brainstorms and Such

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

March 23, 2017

37: Web Design & Quilting (feat. Shawn Blanc)

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

March 16, 2017

36: Knowledge on Knowledge

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

March 9, 2017

35: Work/Life Liturgy

What the rituals of a church teach us about work.

March 2, 2017

34: Manageable Ramifications

Further discussion on information as the antidote to anxiety.

February 23, 2017

33: Choose Your Own Emergency

Anxiety, uncertainty, and money.

February 9, 2017

31: Rent a Brain

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

February 2, 2017

30: Stress Level Coin Toss

How stress can, and does, ruin your life.

January 26, 2017

29: Hover Car Market Share

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

January 19, 2017

28: Irreverent Monk

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

January 12, 2017

27: Living With Cooties + Deep Work (feat. Christopher DeCaro)

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

January 5, 2017

26: Stale Water Styrofoam (feat. Christopher DeCaro)

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

December 22, 2016

25: Year End Couch Crunch

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.

December 15, 2016

24: Bill Bonfires (feat. David Sparks)

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

December 8, 2016

23: Privilege Pants

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

December 1, 2016

22: I'll Buy That Compost Aerator (The Bonus Holiday Episode)

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

November 24, 2016

21: Serendipitous Collaboration

Coworking spaces and kegerators.

November 17, 2016

20: Expect The Unexpected

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

November 10, 2016

19: Big Boy Pants Stuff

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

November 3, 2016

18: Who Wants This Pencil?

Owning attention can be the most valuable product you have.

October 27, 2016

17: Not My Bucket

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

October 20, 2016

16: Dog Crap Pancakes

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

October 13, 2016

15: Don't Assume My Spreadsheet

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

October 6, 2016

14: Nut 20

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

September 29, 2016

13: Humble Pie: Take & Bake

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

September 22, 2016

12: Smart Past, Dumb Now

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

September 15, 2016

11: Freestyler Business Person

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

September 8, 2016

10: Details, Schmetails

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

September 1, 2016

09: Cheese Plate Community Building

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

August 25, 2016

08: Tax Return Slot Machines

How smart freelancers and entrepreneurs deal with taxes.

August 18, 2016

07: Braving the World of Strangers

Networking, marketing, and vegan cinnamon rolls.

August 11, 2016

06: Funnel or Inverted Traffic Cone?

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

August 4, 2016

05: Habit Problems

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

July 28, 2016

04: Automated Sniff Test

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

July 21, 2016

03: Define Freelancer ...

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

July 14, 2016

02: Website Office Lobby

Workspaces, workspaces, workspaces!

July 7, 2016

01: Pin Needle Freelance

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.

July 4, 2016

00: Pamphlet Pros

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: spec.fm/slack in the #orthogonal channel.

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