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How to find your niche as a WordPress freelancer

Since the early days of BuddyPress plugin, David Bisset has focused his freelance developement business around integrating it into his highly customized client projects. He has been able to add value to his client projects by suggesting the addition of a social layer using BuddyPress during the early stage of development. Considering the additional specifications of BuddyPress in the early planning stage of a web project is important since it is more difficult to add later.

David Bisset is well-known in the WordPress community for the time and energy he has dedicated as one of the founding organizers of WordCamp Miami. WordCamp Miami celebrated it’s 5th anniversary in May of 2014. In 2013 and 2014 David included a BuddyCamp component in the WordCamp Miami program to create more conversations and learning about using BuddyPress.

In addition to organizing WordCamp Miami, David Bisset is an advocate for getting out to participate and organize local WordPress meetups and create working connections between WordPress professionals. The connections made at WordPress gatherings can be a source of new business for developers.

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What was discussed during the conversation between Matt and David Bisset
(Times correspond to video)
1:20 Tell us about David Bisset.
3:20 What sparked the initial idea to start a WordCamp in Miami? How did starting WordCamp impact your career?
5:30 Why doesn’t the rest of the world know about WordCamps?
8:20 Should WordCamp advertising and marketing budgets be increased?
11:45 Why did you focus your freelance business on BuddyPress?

BuddyPress picked me.

15:15 How did you implement BuddyPress on a car parts website?
17:00 How do you introduce the social layer in BuddyPress into the project?
20:30 What should freelancers know if they will be working on a project that will include BuddyPress or a social component?
25:00 Do you have a minimum project price level?
27:15 What advice do you have for a freelancer that is struggling to find the right clients?


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