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Chance Smith

Hi, I'm Chance Smith. I reside in Jackson, TN building motivated teams, and apps with Javascript with Sodium Halogen.
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Javascript Timelines

November 12, 2019

At Sodium Halogen (SH), we’re digging into a data-rich project. The task at hand is to have a javascript timeline that has several…

Boys and Having Fewer Toys

November 11, 2019

After work each day, the time goes by so quickly before it’s time to get them in bed. Then on Saturdays, we are cleaning up their room or…

Do It - Start an experiment

November 11, 2019

If everything is always changing. How are we changing to adapt? How do we adapt? Just start an experiment. Try something new. Sure…

How To Get A Development Job

November 07, 2019

At Sodium Halogen , I get asked a lot on how to get a job, especially in the field of development. Just keep it simple and come ready to…

Diving Into Utility-First CSS

August 14, 2019

At Sodium Halogen , we’ve seen many projects with different types of CSS methodolgies and frameworks (BEM, Bootstrap, Foundation, Bulma…

A Simple Git Workflow

June 26, 2019

At Sodium Halogen , we use Git with every development project. Our primary Git hosts are Github, BitBucket, and GitLab (in that order…

ReactJS - Search and Filter Data Results

March 21, 2019

At Sodium Halogen , we’ve made several search fields, but thought it would be good to document an output. Here we go with just the…

Good Semantic Markup Examples

March 20, 2019

At Sodium Halogen , bringing in new developers and content writers can challenge how quickly we can get everyone up to speed. One topic I…

CITQ - Prune Old Non-Renamed S3 Bucket Files

March 20, 2019

CITQ = Challenge in the Queue status: At Sodium Halogen , we put a lot of screenshots and quick uploads into an S3 bucket with a tool…

Custom Fields in Shopify

March 08, 2019

With Sodium Halogen , I’ve used this tool before to put custom fields in for customers. It’s not the ideal exprience for both devs and…

Daily Routines - small simple bites to achieve the goals we set

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Making progress every single day. To look back 90 days and see a good record of effort and a ton of work done, that would be awesome! After…

My 2017 Review

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With goals set last year, and 12 months past, let’s see what my 2017 looked like. Goals set for 2017 lead a meetup teach coding workshops…

Update - WordPress local setup

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Do you have customers that have WordPress sites? Do you have a good way to test your changes before pushing them live? Let’s go through a…

Improving Customer Service and Casting Your Vision

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A letter to the team… Today we had a customer walk out the door unserved. Very little attention was given to him and he walked out. It’s…

Fast sites and trimming bloat

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With Google ranking sites based on loading speed (user experience), I ran some tests to see how the projects I worked on compared to the…

ELI5 - What is Docker?

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Wait, what is Docker? Let’s talk about the problem first. There have been many inconsistencies with development projects when sharing with…

Local Wordpress Development Setup

June 13, 2016

Updated post here (late 2017): http://blog.chancesmith.org/2017/12/22/update-local-wordpress-setup/ Over the past three years I’ve built a…

Use sketches to communicate with your team

June 06, 2016

Working with the team at Sodium Halogen, I get to see their Designtific Method at work. Pencils then Pixels approach This being SH’s third…

What web programming language should I learn?

June 03, 2016

Picking a career and deciding on the skills that you’ll be proficient is daunting task. It feels like you are predicting your future. We had…

App Update: Gift Match

November 12, 2015

As Christmas heads our way, families and team members are creating lists for gift swapping. Instead of spending lots of time creating those…

A Comfortable Team Culture

November 10, 2015

Apart from bad culture fits, each person can feel comfortable in a team. It all depends on the elements of the environment so that everyone…

Managers: How hiring is just the tip of the iceberg

November 10, 2015

For a great culture and a team that brings results, hiring is just the beginning. Yet, let’s start there. Insert crude iceberg sketch here…

Improve: phone support

November 01, 2015

Whether your company is outsourcing your phone support overseas or not, please improve your phone support. Don’t know how? Here, let us all…

Project Management with Asana

August 10, 2015

Here is how I achieve high productivity and project manage teams using Asana. Watch and tell me on Twitter what you think, @chance_smith…

April 2015 - Smoothie King Marketing Campaign

April 23, 2015

This campaign was focused on increasing awareness of our retail while promoting our smoothies. Every customer that comes in gets a sample of…

How to make GIFs on your phone

March 25, 2015

If you haven’t started using animated gifs in your emails to customers, you should. It’s the best way i have found to standout in the sea of…

Project Manage Your Team and Self | TLDR

January 25, 2015

Here are the questions I ask to keep myself productive. I’ll also share a video next on how I use Asana, project management tool, to…

My 2015 Goals

January 15, 2015

Here is what I have so far. Yeah, I’m still developing my goals for this year. Don’t judge. :) #1) Reduce multitasking I need to set stop…

The Living Breathing Imagination

January 14, 2015

When you set a goal your mind won’t stop in helping you achieve that goal. Your creative mind turns on to help you achieve what you have set…

5 Ways To Create Urgency In Your Product or Service

January 12, 2015

I have a new project in the works and it’s based on a physical product. I’m thinking of different stream of revenue, and this topic of…

TLDR: How To Create Urgency For Your Product or Service

January 12, 2015

There are two ways to create urgency to get people to jump on your train. time number of units Limit either, or both. In other words, don’t…

How to setup your browser for work quickly

January 10, 2015

Here is the way I have stored my common tabs for work. I also do this for writing and other businesses I help with. Saving/bookmarking…

Workflow: work browser setup video walkthrough

January 10, 2015

Here is how I setup my browser for work quickly. Even though this is pretty short, some of you might want the TLDR version ? Work Browser…

Imagination: How you reach your dream.

January 09, 2015

Yes, work is great one day, then the next you’re in a lull. Your imagination is what improves your situation. How about some examples? when…

Hourly pay is dead: 4 areas to look at to value price your customers

January 08, 2015

If you need an introduction into value pricing, check out The Businessology Show . It’s a must. Here are the 4 areas that I measure to help…

Strategic Business Card Ideas

January 07, 2015

When I created my new business cards the experience helped me think of how I can be more strategic next time. Maybe these will spark some…

Creating the logo for Medina Buzz

January 06, 2015

With a completely new company and only knowing the following, the journey began at creating a logo for Medina Buzz: What I knew about Medina…

homepage update - reduce bounce rate

January 05, 2015

I updated the homepage on Jan 3rd 2014. Problem to solve on website Reduce bounce rate. There was a 90% bounce rate for the month of…

4 Steps to build an onboarding process for new team members

January 03, 2015

Having a process to onboard new team members can save time and ease the learning curve. As fast as possible the goal is to get new team…

New strategic business cards

January 03, 2015

So, it was time to get some new business cards. I wanted something a little fancey and different. Moo has great quality and offers a way…

13 Ways to onboard new team members easier and faster

January 02, 2015

I have interviewed and hired hundreds of team members. Once they have been hired, getting team members to a point where they feel…

Ownership Template

January 01, 2015

Own your opportunities Own your ability Own the risk Own your results Own your mistakes Own your apologies Taking ownership of your…

Why great bosses want you on their team

December 31, 2014

And why most people are scared to get in your way. pumped You look like, work like and maybe smell like you love what you do. Ok, maybe not…

Ownership brings and requires flexability

December 30, 2014

When you own the business you have flexibility. When you take ownership of your responsibilities at work you’ll need flexibility to make…

Less choices reduce bounce rate and increases conversions

December 28, 2014

Last spring, I conducted a A/B test on a clients site, Goodman Ranch . Problem to Solve As of yet, the homepage was not creating trackable…

Ownership trumps education, experience, and residency

December 28, 2014

Want an opportunity at more flexibility? Want a chance at more income? Want some space to work on building something big? Formal education…

Reasons working at night seems more productive

December 27, 2014

No one else is awake, and therefore there are less distractions. At night, there is this endless feeling. There is no rush to begin or end…

Gift Match App - One page app to match gifts for giving

December 26, 2014

I’ve posted a lot of web applications I’ve made from this year, and meant to spread them out a little more. Yet, it’s Christmas and this…

When a boss asks you to ask for a raise | TLDR

December 24, 2014

I’ve challenged my team to all ask for a raise in 2015, and here is what I said. —- You don’t get more because of what you are capable of…

TLDR Blogging - Write Quick Helpful Posts

December 24, 2014

Write a smaller version of your post to peak your readers interest. Save them time. Sift the post down to its most profound ideas. Link to…

Project My Sales App

December 22, 2014

After a new logo and a little php to handle the math I wanted to share this solution with others. At a local franchise, I wanted to get the…

Faster Audiobooks Tip - Listen to books really fast

December 22, 2014

Here is how I consume audio content at rapid speeds. I’ve done this for the fast ten years, or so. All thanks goes to the speed feature of…

One Man Show - A Personal Approach

December 21, 2014

If you are a team of one or a team of many, here are quick tips on how to be more personal with customers. I’ve mentioned using gifs…

Having "Bigger Than You" Goals

December 20, 2014

A method I share with my team is: Do something bigger than yourself you’ll see yourself having far more statisfaction in life than ever…

Contextual Gifs With Snow Gifs

December 19, 2014

It’s winter, close to Christmas and I couldn’t resist getting some new gifs in. I even added a little snow to them. I figured why need be…

Email Signature Creator

December 18, 2014

Here I have built a web application that creates email signatures based on a static design. The design would need to change for each company…

The Create-Validate-Iterate Dashboard Sketches

December 17, 2014

Thus far I have explained the source and thinking behind this dashboard. I’ll now show you my progress with these sketches. The visual…

Iterating off of the Lean Dashboard

December 12, 2014

In the world of lean, Ash Maurya has created an information radiator for software companies to test ideas to achieve company goals. Enter…

How to make your own gifs : TLDR

December 10, 2014

How I made this gif on my Mac… Apps needed: Photo Booth iMovie or Final Cut Pro (FCP) GifRocket Honestly, you only need a video editor, like…

How to make email and customer service personal

December 02, 2014

Want to make things personal for your clients? Add your face. No, not just pictures. Add gifs! Done. At Sodium Halogen, William (founder…

Skydive 2014

July 26, 2014

After scuba diving down 100ft in Mexico I’ve always known I wanted to skydive. I just never knew when I was going to do it. My wife, Molly…

Car Detailing Service Business Model

July 11, 2014

For those that get a kick of finding business models, well, I wrote this for me and you. Some work or seem like great ideas. I don’t want to…

T-Shirts for Productive Web-Dev Nerds

July 05, 2014

I’ve been on the hunt for shirts. I wanted them to be of tools and services that I love. I typically wear plain, no logo, t-shirts. Here I…

Effort To Minimize the Office 2014

April 21, 2014

Some of us enjoy moving items around the house or just in our office’s to experience a new beginning. Part of shifting things around just…

Quick Shots: Snow Day Video

March 05, 2014

After a few days of just looking at the snow I decided to get out his morning and take a few video shots and put them together. It may be…

Snow Day Special - Smoothie King in Jackson, TN

March 03, 2014

Well everytime it gets cold around here the smoothie sales go down and that makes our team super sad. My wife, Molly Smith , helped craft…

Working Remotely: The quick good and bad.

March 03, 2014

Since it is snowing outside and my wife and son are home I thought I would give you guys the low-down on what it’s like to work in the same…

Books for 2014

February 01, 2014

If you are into marketing and business strategy these are the ones that have blown me away. It’s been hard but I have been trying to consume…

About

February 01, 2014

I have a wife and son that are my top priority. I really try to give them all I have left after 5pm. Here is the rest… #Work Wolfgang…

Get in touch

February 01, 2014

Feel free to PM me on twitter @chance_smith. I don’t bite :) Cheers!

Personal Mission Statement

February 01, 2014

Here where you can purchase the Personal Mission Statement Worksheet .

Resources

February 01, 2014

products i use/love Mac Book Pro $1999 - amazon link Airport Extreme $199 - amazon link Fellowes Shredder $79 - amazon link Sony…

Projects

February 01, 2014

Here are the current projects I am working on. ## Wolfgang Computer - wolfgangcomputer.com Helping awesome people with busy lifes simplify…

Motivation for Success

January 08, 2014

Welcome to the new year…again! The big 2014. It’s time to role up your sleeves! Ready to do something different? Are you ready to find some…

Find Success & Stop Caring What Others Think

August 08, 2013

When you have a dream, an idea, or a passion you just need to go for it. Most of the times when an idea comes to mind I always blow the…

Success Takes Action

July 08, 2013

My wife thinks her day is cursed if she writes her todo list down. Once it hits her paper she believes that it will not get done. I have to…

Put More Attention & Action into Your Values

June 08, 2013

Distractions and laziness leads to our poverty, failures, and unhappiness no matter the case. If we do not plan for the future, set goals…

Interviewing Kids: What I Learned & Tools I Used

June 01, 2013

video type=“vimeo” id=“67363229” hd=“true” width=“650” We needed the mic closer or used a lavaliere mic(lapel mic). We never tested how much…

Life: How Much Fat Do You Have?

May 08, 2013

Now I will admit that I have never had a fat percentage problem but possibly it being too low. In my high school and college days I easily…

May 2013 Motivation Package

May 01, 2013

If You Don't Have Goals, You Plan to Fail

April 08, 2013

Goals give you steps to take. Completed goals creates growth. When you grow you succeed. A trait of a successful person is:  learning to set…

Advanced Productivity Batching Strategy

March 16, 2013

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Feed the Bear and You Will Know Your Limits

March 08, 2013

Feeding a bear? Now that sounds fun! I am scheduling a trip this year if you would like to join me. There is a signup form at the bottom for…

Create Your First Mission Statement

February 08, 2013

Before I wrote my mission statement, or even knew what one was, I didn’t know what to do next. I was reaching at straws for my next step…

Building Motivation Muscles for Purpose

January 08, 2013

Welcome to the new year! The big 2013. Knowing that another year has past there is always a growing passion to do better this year. There…

Tackle Yourself First: Forge the Confident You

December 11, 2012

Tackle Yourself First : Be intentional about your success. When you make the smallest attempt to feel better, look better, or be better… you…

Motivation: Growing Strength, Smiles, and Perspective

November 26, 2012

We just got back from our yearly travels to see our families. We are very happy to be home again though. We got our Christmas tree up…

Productivity: One Thing At A Time

November 21, 2012

There is so much to do this week with work, traveling, family, and Thanksgiving  The one thing to have every morning is a todo list, if we…

Tackling Yourself First: Not the Results

November 19, 2012

As I go through the day and dealing with all of the projects I have in the air, I feel that I am struggling to win. The desire for a perfect…

Required Excellence is Rewarded?

November 16, 2012

I had one of my managers ask me a question last week. “Could we give a reward for the team members that do their tasks perfectly?” NO WAY…

Digesting this: Series

November 14, 2012

Could it be that I have read over 150 Non-Fiction books in the past 5-6 years? It’s sad. I don’t remember much about them. I may have…

Set Weekly Goals Today

November 12, 2012

dropcap As /dropcap you can see my list is just beginning. It can be long at times but I recommend staring small to you can complete it. I…

Leadership: She is Still Here?

November 08, 2012

“No, really! She is still here?” “I don’t care if Lucy’s sales numbers are great! She came in late twice, left early yesterday, and she…

Top 5 Learnings from EntreLeadership

November 05, 2012

EntreLeadership: 20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches dropcap I /dropcap read the book over a longer period of time than…

September & October Monthly Update

November 02, 2012

Two months in one! Sorry, I let time get past me and procrastination get the best of me. I am always trying to be more productive and yet…

Monthly Update August 2012

August 04, 2012

Well, August is here! I am rather excited! Besides the burning desire to end my summer class I am ready to embark on a few more business…

This New Blog: The Seal Breaker

July 23, 2012

More of this kind of stuff to come. I have recently started two new projects to add to my portfolio of multiple streams of income. Hmm, that…