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Collaborating Like A Pro With Krista Rae

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Krista is a WordPress developer, co-host of the Get Back To Design Podcast, and co-founder of Coded Creative Themes. She specializes in collaborating with passionate designers to craft strategic websites that directly support their clients’ goals, while helping them ditch the tech and spend more time doing what they love – design.
I’ve known Krista for a few years and have continued to watch her business and brand grow. We talk about how she went from a software developer to a business owner. She shares her experience in a high pressure, toxic, predominately male work environment. How that job led to her developing situationally anxiety and why that led her to really get her business off the ground.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How she started KristaRae.co.
  • When she realized that she didn’t have to do it all to be a successful developer.
  • How she found her business partner and launched Coded Creative Themes.
  • The biggest difference for her working as a business owner versus an employee.
  • What the transition to entrepreneur looked like for her.
  • Why you need to figure out what works for you and cut out the rest.
  • Understanding your website isn’t just for you but for your clients.
  • The most common issue she has as a developer and the importance of communications and boundaries.

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Now tell me:

Have you ever taken on a project with another businesss owner? What lessons did it teach you about collaboration?

What is the best thing about working for yourself?

What is the hardest adjustment?

How do you decide what to cut out in your business?

How do you identify what is working?

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