About

I’ve been building web applications since 1999, successfully completing projects for business of every size – from Fortune 500s on down to Mom-and-Pop shops.

My primary reputation is as an expert in handling crisis projects and difficult clients.   In addition to authoring this software industry blog, I’ve been published in Software Development Magazine (now Dr. Dobbs).

Twitter: @chris_hawk
Google+: Christopher Hawkins

Here are my primary work projects:

Consulting

Cogeian Systems avatarCogeian Systems
Day-to-day, most of my time is spent managing Cogeian Systems, a custom web development and web design consulting firm that I founded in 2003. Via Cogeian, I’ve rescued dozens of failing software projects and have helped businesses of all sizes to create custom web applications.

Podcasts

Chasing Product avatarChasing Product
One of my more popular projects was the Chasing Product podcast – the show chronicles my bootstrapped software product development experience for the benefit of other would-be entrepreneurs, while calling upon established bootstrapped software product veterans to share lessons on how to do it right – and how to know when you’re doing it wrong!

$100K Freelancing avatar$100K Freelancing
My most recent show was Chasing Product podcast – a podcast for freelancers, by freelancers, it focuses on helping freelancers create solutions to the real challenges that you and I face day-in and day-out as freelancers and consultants building client service businesses. Specifically focused on helping freelancers break the 6-figure barrier.

Books

record-releaseRecently, I authored a book entitled RECORD & RELEASE: Learn How To Podcast In Just One Day.  This book explains how to start your very own podcast quickly and easily as a means to help you gain status and notoriety as a subject-matter authority, and effectively build an audience by reaching your entire market. Courses on podcasting often start at $100 and go up from there, but with the help of this inexpensive guide, it’s easy & affordable to get started.

record-releasePaying late, not responding to emails, arguing about art direction…enough is enough. Based on my e-mail course that has helped hundreds of freelancers, Conquering Client Conflict is a 10-part workbook, complete with case studies, that can help you resolve these conflicts when they happen – or avoid them before they do!

Software

SmallSpec avatarSmallSpec
After 10+ years in the consulting industry, I’ve decided to apply all of my app-development and project-management experience to developing SmallSpec, a software product that helps consultants and freelancers create simple, painless functional specification documents. Unfortunately, development of SmallSpec has been put on hiatus.