The podcast about building a rewarding career as a professional software developer and technical writer.
Every episode, Matthew Setter is joined by a guest to discuss being a freelancer, writing technical documentation, creating great software, and podcasting.

The podcast about building a rewarding career as a professional software developer and technical writer.
Every episode, Matthew Setter is joined by a guest to discuss being a freelancer, writing technical documentation, creating great software, and podcasting.

What's Free the Geek all About?


In a Nutshell

Matthew Setter, founder of Free the GeekFree the Geek is a podcast about the business of freelancing as a software developer, writer, content producer, and all round PHP lover. It's a fireside chat on the ins and outs of being a freelance writer, screencaster, teacher, and software developer.

We discuss what it’s like to do it, warts and all, as well as how to get started, what to expect, the good, the bad, and the ugly. When we’re not talking that, we’re talking tech, code, apps, development, and of course PHP.


Why Did I Launch It?

Hi, I'm Matthew Setter. I started Free the Geek with one sole purpose: to help freelancers be successful at what they do.

As a freelancer myself, I know what it's like to have to handle all the ins and outs of being a freelancer, as well as doing the actual work you're paid to do. You know what I mean the accounting, marketing, networking, self-promotion, administration and so on.

Sometimes it can seem never endless; it can seem like you don't really have time to do paid work, because you're doing everything else. Sometimes it can seem the opposite, that you're so busy doing paid work, that you don't have time to handle all the other parts. You're left wondering such questions as:

Here's What You Get

So my intent is simple. Every fortnight, I bring you a 30 minute interview with someone who's been in your shoes, or someone who's excelling at something which I truly believe you, as a fellow freelancer, can truly benefit from. Whether that's a technical skill, a human (soft) skill, a product, a service - whatever.

If I believe they can help you, I want you to know about it.

My Promise To You

Give me 45 mins to an hour a week, once a fortnight, and I'll give you the best I can, to help you do what you do even better - so you can be successful.