All posts by Tom Hirst

Consultant WordPress developer with 10 years experience freelancing for agencies and businesses globally. Available for hire.

5 Steps to Becoming a Better Remote Worker

We’re all looking to better ourselves and become more successful. I’ve found that being proactive in my career development has given me an edge over the years. I’m not just talking about technical skills either. There are many other non-technical...

/ 2nd January 2018

5 Business Questions Every New Freelancer Should Ask

I recently received an email from a close friend of mine asking for advice on how to set up a freelance business. My friend had been working as a graphic designer for an agency and has decided to take the jump into...

/ 11th June 2017
How to Start Freelancing From Home When You Have No Clients

How to Start Freelancing From Home When You Have No Clients

How can I start freelancing from home when I have no clients? A question that ran through my mind when struggling to find a permanent developer’s job back in 2009. In my case, it was the major doubt that prevented me taking...

/ 8th March 2017

Flexible Freelancing

I’ve found freelancing to be unpredictable at times; you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth and be flexible in a number of scenarios. Here are the lessons I’ve learned in my time as a freelance developer about flexibility: Projects...

/ 27th November 2016
Next/Previous Post Links in Same Top Level Category

Next/Previous Post Links in Same Top Level Category

In WordPress it’s often desirable to restrict pagination to posts within the current posts’ category (or custom taxonomy); usually because of particular ordering requirements. For instance, when it wouldn’t make sense to mix posts of a certain category with others. The easiest...

/ 20th October 2016
It's All Work

Freelancers: Remember, It’s All Work

This is a short but sweet lesson I’ve learned during my time freelancing. The reason behind posting this now is that I’m going through a two week patch with my web development business where I’ve not done any proper coding. By “proper” I’m talking about getting my teeth...

/ 18th October 2016

Add Custom PHP Code to Visual Composer Pages

I recently encountered a WordPress project where I needed to add some specific PHP code to a certain part of a page template. Obviously this is relatively straight forward, depending on the code, with usual WordPress theme files; this build...

/ 6th October 2016
The best freelance accountancy software

FreeAgent: The Best Freelance Accountancy Software 2017

When I first started my remote development business I had little grasp of what was not only good bookkeeping practice, but what was legally required for me to produce in terms of financial documentation. Like most things, I learned as...

/ 25th September 2016

I’ve Never Been to a Web Conference

Whether it be development based, design focused or an area that I specialise in such as WordPress, I’ve never had the urge to attend a web conference. Being a developer with preference to work remotely, I’d imagine that I’m not completely...

/ 19th September 2016

How to Get Your First Remote Development Job

So you’re starting out as a freelance web developer and you’re ready to take on your first client. Now what? Here’s how I landed my first remote coding job, off the back of which I forged a successful web development business of seven years....

/ 17th August 2016