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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:25:14 -0600Without question, IT consultancy is one of the smartest jobs for the money, time and flexibility it allows. For this reason, people qualified and yet to be qualified aspire to enter the IT consulting space. It then becomes a question of what is required, how to set up, get clients and dominate competition.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:45:24 -0600Micro business people need marketing that gets results, not more empty advertising promises. We look at what marketing is the most effective, how many freelancers are satisfied with what they earn, and how to earn a passive income from your niche knowledge.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:06:11 -0600Automation should be at the top of a solo business owners priorities. When done right, you will see an increase in new subscribers; new clients; and more sales.
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:02:28 -0600Big Data and data mining are buzzwords that have echoed frequently in the business press during the past four or five years. The noise level has caused organizations large and small and even Solopreneurs to feel obligated to collect data from as many customer interactions as possible. Nevertheless, doubts about Big Data remain. All agree that data collection is a useful practice, but leaders are advised to first consider what will be its purpose once in hand.
Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:14:29 -0600Would you like to become a successful solopreneur, but afraid you can't be able to succeed? Becoming a solopreneur is challenging, but if you are smart enough you can do the wonders. Nowadays, approximately 30% of US population are solopreneurs and it is predicted that the number will increase further to 40% by 2020. So, if you are thinking to succeed as a solopreneur, here are some important characteristics of smart solopreneurs. Building these habits can help solopreneurs to run their business successfully.
Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:42:54 -0500What do you say when people ask you, "What do you do?" or "What's your job?" If you're like most people, you answer with either your job title or the industry you're in or the company you work for.
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:17:58 -0500Think tanks, government officials and everyone in between are trying to get a handle on the gig economy. That is the freelance and contractor economy. There are studies that claim that by 2020, in excess of 40 percent of the U.S. labor force will be self-employed.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:25:36 -0500Periodically, a Solopreneur consultant must write a proposal. Some organizations, especially government entities, will publicly announce that a project is available and request bids that must be submitted in proposal form. Submit proposals only after you've spoken with the decision-maker and received an invitation. An invitation to write a proposal is an opportunity for you to shine. Showcase yourself, your brand and your expertise and write a powerful document that reveals your analytic prowess, writing ability, practicality and creativity.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:25:01 -0500One of the things that is really important for you to do in business is to master your craft. Just like your clients, it's essential that you know your business inside and out. Part of that mastery is learning about your clients and their businesses too. Here are 3 ways you can become the go-to expert for your clients.
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:34:45 -0500Reach out to everyone and reach no-one - that's what they say. But how can you know who it is you want to be talking to and where? We recently had the chance to get some training on defining our target market that really opened our eyes.
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:29:57 -0500Many times people ask me if it is tough - having your own business and working from home. So maybe it's time to look in to the sense of things. What does being sensible mean, and how can you define which next step is good for you? Decide upon the priorities in your life and find out!
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 10:39:28 -0500Passion for freedom and happiness can only be achieved if we are truly satisfied with our work. Our passion for our work decides our happiness and freedom of thoughts. If we are truly free and passionate about our work,the rest follows automaticly.
Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:03:52 -0500"How much should I charge?" Would it surprise you to learn you can charge whatever the hell you like? You can. Your pricing, your positioning, and your profits are entirely down to you...
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:44:10 -0500One of the things that comes up quite often in my discussions with VAs is whether they need to find a niche to be successful. My answer to this question is a definite YES and NO. Choosing a niche is a personal choice, like everything else in your business. There are advantages and disadvantages to deciding to work with a particular group of people.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:46:16 -0500An electrician has to work in difficult situations all the time. This specialist has many years of experience and knowledge in this field. While choosing a professional who is dealing with electrical panels and circuits, you should check his degree and reputation.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:06:20 -0500In another article, I wrote about the qualities needed to be a successful solo business owner. I will focus this article on one of those key points: self-discipline and what it means for a business owner.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:02:30 -0500Thinking about taking your legal expertise to the freelancing market? Read more here.
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:35:09 -0500It's hard being by yourself. However, if you have the right skills, you can get it done. This article will talk about some of those important skills.
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:15:49 -0500Learn how to be your own boss and become a freelance photographer. Is is easy? Yes and no. However, once you put the work it, it will quickly become the best things you've ever done!
Fri, 08 Jul 2016 07:05:34 -0500Not charging what you're worth does not only have a major impact on your finances, it also is the cause of a vast array of physical, mental and emotional consequences, such as tiredness, stress, lack of fun/family/time/me time, health issues, strained relationships and even overwhelm. If you don't get to grips with charging what you're worth, you most certainly could be heading for a nervous breakdown!
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:08:57 -0500Are you thinking of becoming a freelancer? Read on!
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:14:17 -0500Securing management for your author career part two discusses 4 things to consider before moving forward with an agreement. These things include - hiring friends, signing a contract and what contacts your manager should have.
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:11:45 -0500How to evaluate if you are at the stage where you need management for your author career. Keys to researching managers and how to secure a manager when your business is flowing.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:14:32 -0500Are you thinking of setting up a business on your own? Have you considered having a business partner? There are many things to consider with many pros and many cons. This article will give you a good insight on what you should think seriously about knowing that such a huge decision as having a business partner can either make you or break you.
Mon, 16 May 2016 10:45:08 -0500It's common for a new coach, mentor or teacher of the soul-o-preneur persuasion to think that the way to get new clients is to first build a website, find the perfect logo, get business cards, try to choose the best tagline, figure out what they'll name their website, set up all their social media platforms, etc., etc... But the easiest way to get clients even if you're just starting out is focus on your Low-Hanging Fruit.
Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:18:36 -0500I would like to begin with the notion that there is no right or wrong fee when it comes to what to charge for your work as an EFT practitioner. You support transformation of people's lives and that is an invaluable service. You might give away your services or charge $500 per hour and that is your prerogative.
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:36:14 -0500Many times we fall into that role of 'task-taker'. They tell us what they need and we get it done. It doesn't mean we love to do it. We need to remember that we are running our own business - we are the boss, not the client. We have the right to determine exactly what it is that we love to do, and we have to be able to tell people.
Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:31:26 -0500Independent Contractors are starting to transition into the growing digital space. The digital market is profitable, growing and all businesses know the value of leveraging the internet to stay relevant and be competitive online.
Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:09:26 -0500This article will focus on the 10 common online business assumptions made by Solopreneurs because not every strategy works for every business. Unfortunately, many will continue to force themselves into one standard. Don't let that be you. Learn some Proven tactics to help you avoid these common pitfalls of assumptions and set your brand up for profitable success.
Thu, 10 Mar 2016 07:40:09 -0600It is your own special traits and uniqueness that make you different from anyone else in your business. In the same way, these differences, however strange, unwanted, or insignificant they may seem to you can set your business apart from the rest in your industry.
Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:47:25 -0600Getting started as a freelance writer can be hard. Finding your first paying job can be even harder. In this article, you will learn two strategies that you can use to not only find your first paying client, but, how to find both local and national clients online.
Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:42:32 -0600If you're a freelance writer struggling to land clients, maybe your pitch is holding you back. Did you know there's a process to pitching? In this post you learn my proven method for successful pitching.
Wed, 24 Feb 2016 13:52:01 -0600Becoming a freelancer is a big step in your career path. With so many outlets and resources on the internet, it can feel daunting at first. It doesn't need to be difficult, though it will take a little time and patience to get started.
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:28:06 -0600One of the crappiest things that can happen to you in your VA business is to have to wait for someone to pay you. It causes you stress, worry, anger, upset and a whole host of other emotions. So what do you do about it?
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:49:57 -0600One of the blocks that VAs face is that they can't concentrate enough on their own business to grow it properly. We work hard to get clients, and then we get too busy with client work to look at our own business. Getting motivated to work on your own business can be tough. Here are a few tips that might help.
Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:47:08 -0600One of the first things I ask anyone when they are thinking of starting out as a virtual assistant: why they want to start their own business. I have heard a variety of answers to this question, but many times the answer is 'to be my own boss'. When I start to work with someone as their coach, I ask them to look deeper into that statement. Why do you want to be your own boss?
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:48:02 -0600The basic concept of Micro Jobs are simple: A freelancer advertises his skills on the web. Something he is good at, and which he can complete in a relatively short period of time. Companies or individuals see this, and hire you for an agreed fee.
Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:24:58 -0600Is the end of December a quiet time in your business? For many, especially those not in retail, hospitality, travel, or financial services and other fields this is a very quiet time, often right into the first week or two of January. Some of the best ways to use that quiet time may surprise you, based on your personality, how your life is structured overall, and what the past year has been like.
Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:05:36 -0600Last February I gave up a full time job and steady paycheck to become a full time freelance writer. I'm not new to the online world of writing. Writing and research, in one form or another, has been my life's career.
Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:22:57 -0600The Handyman or Odd job man is a term that is now in more demand than ever, much advertised and needed if Google is to be taken notice of. Now if you're fed up with the same old days work as a painter and decorator or such like you may want to try calling your self "a Handyman", no two days are the same. You could be assembling some bedroom furniture one day or digging up the garden or even changing a tap washer in the bathroom.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:38:11 -0600Do you sometimes find yourself going "on automatic" when sharing your expertise? Whether you have been in your field a long time or not, you may be telling your same stories, sharing your same ideas, using your same delivery formats. It can be easy to fall into that since it's what you know and what has worked for you. Why change what works?
Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:09:01 -0600All life, they say, is a compromise. To get something, you have to give away something else. So when it comes to your working life, which is best - working for yourself, or working for 'the man'? We explore the yin and yang of employment in this thought-provoking article.
Fri, 11 Dec 2015 06:34:39 -0600If you're currently not charging what you're worth and you genuinely want to, you can. However, in order to achieve this, there are 5 key secrets which you must follow.
Fri, 04 Dec 2015 11:40:04 -0600At this time of year everyone is talking about planning - including me - it's a very important piece of running a successful business. But one of the things I talk about also is reflecting on the previous year.
Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:25:28 -0600Investing in yourself IS investing in your business and should be viewed as a business strategy. Unfortunately, many business owners pass up professional development because their bank account can't support that expense right now.
Wed, 02 Dec 2015 12:56:42 -0600Figuring out your rates is probably one of the scariest things you can do as a VA. Not really, but it sure feels like that. How do you put a price on your value? This is one of the most often asked questions in the VA forums and by my coaching clients.
Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:37:44 -0600Participation in one or more social media platforms is now a given in both the professional and personal spheres. Nearly every Solopreneur has a presence on at least one social media platform, even if that participation is not active. Social media has the potential to provide benefits to business owners, the self-employed and the traditionally employed, but in order to reap those benefits, one must understand how this resource can best function within specific circumstances.
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:05:19 -0600Percolating in your brain is an idea for an interesting project or initiative that you are certain will benefit the organization of a good and steady client. You anticipate that you may be able to sell the decision-maker on the concept and create a paying project for yourself. You gain the support of an advocate, who gives you the green light to approach the decision-maker. You make the appointment and make your pitch. The decision-maker is pleasant, but nevertheless backs away from your proposal, even though you've verified its likelihood of acceptance via your influential advocate. How do you get to the heart of the objections, attempt to overcome them, save the sale and get paid?
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:07:58 -0600Many tips booklet authors are solo practitioners - consultants, coaches, speakers, medical professionals, legal and financial professionals, entertainers, and other single-person businesses. While that provides great flexibility when it comes to decision making, it can be a heavy weight to carry in getting all the development and execution handled once those decisions are made. Yes, an amazing grasp of the obvious, yet there are solutions you may be overlooking.
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:27:46 -0600I ask you - how's business? What do you have on the go? What are you loving? What would love to change? At this time of year we should reflect on the past 11 months and think about whether we are where we planned to be.
Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:42:13 -0600Have you turned your passion into a business? If not, have you ever considered it? If you want to turn your passion into a business, ask yourself these 7 questions.
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:32:21 -0600Running your business is very much like driving a car. You need to focus on the one path that you are driving on, while managing the distractions around you, so they don't disrupt your path.
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:13:13 -0600Solopreneurs know that our business is only as good as our relationships and our relationships are our responsibility to cultivate and nurture. One of the ways we do this is by sending December holiday cards to clients. Showing appreciation for business that has been awarded is a small, yet important, gesture that is a good relationship building block.
Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:41:56 -0600Too many artists still believe that poverty and suffering contribute to superior art. That's just BULLFEATHERS! Artists, we MUST let the starving artist myth DIE. Financial bankruptcy does NOT make us artistically superior. Access to deep emotions combined with strong talents make great art. Ditch the tired old starving artist myth with three strategies I've proven to create success in the arts.
Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:36:34 -0500It can be easy to develop new products and services in your business because something appeals to you or someone requests it, without an overall strategy or master plan on your part as much as simply reacting to the moment. Before you know it, your product line has overgrown itself, adding more and more and selling less and less. It seemed like a good idea, yet it's not turning out that way. Now what?
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:49:26 -0500You've written your book. You've got hundreds of words in front of you. What happens next after writing your book? Here are my top tips to avoid overwhelm and get your book finished!
Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:19:41 -0500When writing a business book, you'll probably just want to get words on paper and see it develop. But what if I said that it would be easier to finish if you start with a structure and plan?
Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:19:17 -0500Your topic is not saturated and there is really no such thing as common sense regardless of how basic you think your information is. There is always more to learn and more people to reach no matter how many people in your immediate circle you believe know most of what you seem to know.
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:45:03 -0500Stop what you are doing and just breathe. If you are reading this, you are probably in front of your computer, or your phone... online. The busy-ness of the days flies by with all of the technology in our faces and in our minds. We strive to keep up and we often run from task to task without really realizing that we are likely in need of a break.
Fri, 02 Oct 2015 06:05:07 -0500In a 2010 Census Bureau survey, it was discovered that 6.6% of adults worked exclusively from home. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2009, 15 million adults identified themselves as self-employed. Add to those numbers telecommuters, some of whom visit their workplace offices only one or two days a week. Cutting back or eliminating the cost and time of the commute to the office are important benefits, but there is a percentage of Solopreneur consultants and frequent telecommuters who find themselves overtaken with loneliness and feelings of isolation.
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 06:39:31 -0500Recently I put out a job request and every time I do, I am reminded that not everyone knows exactly how to respond to a one. Or to an official Request for Proposal. So today we are going to cover just how to do it properly.
Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:36:50 -0500Employers are looking more to outsource their work; there are more open doors, and awesome tax breaks when telecommuting. Deciding to turn into a specialist is difficult.
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:17:46 -0500The work of a transcriptionist has been made easier with the advent of technology. Today, a transcriptionist need not be present at the place where speech is recorded. Even a work-at-home service provider can have recorded speech sent to her and the work will be completed within hours of original speech being made.
Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:55:00 -0500In this line of work, you will be expected to communicate with your employers and, in some cases, with clients several times throughout the day. If you are not good at expressing yourself both verbally and with the written word, then there is no way that you can succeed. Fortunately, being a good communicator isn't all that difficult if you keep a few simple tips in mind.
Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:18:48 -0500Self employment usually begins as an act of self love. Didn't you choose to create your own business in order to do what you love doing, express your talents and gifts, set your own hours, be creative, reach your financial goals, and enjoy life more? But with the commitment to your dream comes immense responsibility, and you may gradually slip into behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that look more like self-disregard than self love, and what you once enjoyed may begin to feel exhausting. Self employment burnout is real and you can prevent it so that you are back to living your dream!
Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:44:57 -0500It is true that it is difficult to make money these days but if you have a keen eye and grab the opportunity, a freelance career can be your great source of income. Freelancing has great benefits and when used productively, you can live comfortably and at the same time improve your skills and competencies.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:43:45 -0500Celebrating your successes is really important, particularly when you are working on your own every day. It doesn't matter how big or small the success is, write it down! I suggest getting a success journal and just writing a few things a day. It's easy once you get started.
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:38:04 -0500You may have heard before that in order to succeed, you need to be confident enough to believe that you can make it. Cultivating your creativity can boost your confidence; and when you're confident, you trust yourself enough to take action in order to fulfill your magnificent dreams.
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:12:09 -0500Our fear can often cripple us as business owners. We can be afraid to make decisions because we don't know what the outcome might be. Have you ever had these feelings? If you have, you are perfectly normal!!
Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:01:46 -0500Business is business. It's not personal. It can be personal to you. It is your ideas, your creativity, your decision making - that all drive your business.
Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:20:38 -0500Have you ever received a request for a proposal (RFP) out of the blue? I've received two and I was gullible enough to respond to both and both times I received exactly what I deserved---nada. Really, I should have known better! An unsolicited RFP that slips into your mail box is a Trojan horse. In fact, I was inspired to write this article after I received a phone call from an unknown person who claimed that she is looking for corporate trainers and would like to include me in the search. So I am about to receive unexpected RFP #3.
Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:30:15 -0500Have you ever noticed what it is that draws you into an article, book, blog post, booklet, or anything else you're reading? Yes, the content is certainly a key part of what attracts you. The overall style or tone of the writer is another part that keeps you reading. There is still something else you may never have considered, something that can feel like an annoying pebble in your shoe without ever realizing exactly what it is that's somehow off the mark, unsettling, and even annoying.
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:13:37 -0500Struggling to get clients? Hate marketing? Here are 5 of the most effective, proven ways to market your coaching or therapy practice. And here's a bonus- they're all free or very low cost.
Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:13:30 -0500For some reason, many VAs I know think that they should instinctively know how to do everything in their business. They actually criticize themselves if they don't know how to do something - like finances, strategic planning, analytics, marketing, networking, sales. These are all of the things that you need to learn to be a successful business owner. But these things don't come naturally - to anyone, believe it or not!!
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:02:48 -0500Thinking of going freelance? As a business coach, I've learned the most successful creative freelancers and entrepreneurs lay the groundwork before going out on their own. Here are 10 things you can do before making the jump that will significantly increase your chances of building a successful business.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:25:53 -0500One of the things I hear VAs lament about all the time is the lack of clients. If they don't have clients, they think there are none out there. If they do have clients, they think they need to do whatever the client wants to keep them. But it's not a way to build a sustainable, awesome business.
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:51:19 -0500In the current economic state "Portfolio Careers" where rather than tying yourself down to a single full time job, as a professional you take up multiple part time jobs, seems to be becoming the favored method of making a living for young and seasoned professionals. This article looks at highlighting all the benefits a Portfolio Career can yield for you in today's job market.
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:28:52 -0500We all know that healthy boundaries are the key to happy relationships. But do we use good boundaries in our careers? Here are some common mistakes solopreneurs make, along with suggestions for how to fix them!
Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:46:02 -0500Everyone knows that getting up early is a "habit of success," right? So what can us night owls do? Are we doomed? Of course not! If you're a night owl in an early bird situation, here's four ways to make that morning alarm easier.
Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:39:42 -0500How much do you charge for your services? How comfortable do you feel talking about money with clients or potential clients? Are you happy with how much money you end up with at the end of each month? Consider these three questions, and think about how you charge.
Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:04:42 -0500Here's a tip to help you make the most of your marketing plan/writing schedule for the week. This tip is simple, and if you follow it, you'll see results fairly quickly. Here it is. Every day, look at your marketing plan and - Do the most important stuff FIRST! What is the important stuff?
Thu, 09 Jul 2015 10:49:43 -0500You know those times that you look at something in your business and just go 'ugh'? You know the things I mean... either you are looking at revenue that is lower than you expected, or expenses that are higher than expected, or working with a client you don't adore, or doing tasks you don't really enjoy. You know, all those things that make you stop and go 'ugh'! Well the good news is that you are in charge!
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 11:47:55 -0500Some freelance Solopreneurs are more likely to earn the coveted but elusive six figure annual revenue than others. Maybe you could, too, with some good luck and timing paired with skills that open doors. Here are six potentially lucrative occupations that attract freelancers.
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:02:31 -0500Looking for online writing jobs is a job in itself. Doing the research into what opportunities are around and what others are doing in this field takes time. Ideally one should allow a cross-over period of keeping on a regular job while taking on online jobs and getting established as an online writer. Freelancer.com is a website many have launched their careers from. It is the world's largest feelancing site that posts work opportunities (projects) that freelancers around the world can bid on. Over 6.5 million projects have been completed to date. The site can be a bit bewildering for first-time users...
Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:08:00 -0500You may have written one or more books, or have been thinking about writing one or more books for longer than you can remember. Whether your book exists in print, on your computer screen, or in your mind, a tips booklet propels you further than your good imagination has likely considered.
Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:48:15 -0500There are many tools that Windows Cleaners require to do their job professionally and with ease. Here are the basics, a list of the bare essentials for anyone looking to start window cleaning - ground level only.
Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:34:32 -0500Do you ever feel like you are all alone in your business? It's such a common feeling - because we are mainly solopreneurs, we spend a lot of our time on our own. Busy times take us away from the social atmosphere of working online and we can get lonesome, quickly.
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:04:55 -0500Solopreneur consultants are not covered by federal or state wage laws; are ineligible for employee benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans; and cannot form or join a union. The employers are not required to withhold taxes, so there can be no unemployment benefits and no payments into social security or medicare accounts. Furthermore, businesses may be totally flummoxed about how to classify workers. The Internal Revenue Service may classify a worker as an employee and determine that s/he is entitled to participate in the company retirement plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). But state government officials may classify that same worker as an independent contractor when determining whether or not s/he is entitled to unemployment benefits.
Mon, 01 Jun 2015 16:01:29 -0500The number of ounces in a particular container of bottled water makes it easy to compare prices at the grocery store. While manufacturers may challenge the statement, unflavored water is still simply unflavored water, with possible variations in the processing or the actual container. It is a commodity and can be fairly easily compared because of that. Once you talk about selling information, product size is not a valid method for price and value comparison at all.
Mon, 25 May 2015 13:10:51 -0500If you are a creative-artistic entrepreneur - your need for a Business Money Plan (or commonly referred to as a Budget) is a necessity for your best business creative good. This isn't just for reasons of some business advisor or accountant telling you that you need it - you should want to need and rely on it as part of your "creative stream."
Thu, 21 May 2015 13:33:21 -0500When you get the clients and they start to pay you and then you stop looking for new clients... you can get bored, burned out, or both! Are you working with only great clients? Are you doing only tasks you love? Are you making great money? If you aren't doing all three of these things, it's probably time for a change.
Tue, 19 May 2015 09:17:09 -0500These are a few solid reasons why a freelancer in any area of expertise should have a USP. I also list consequences for not having one.
Mon, 18 May 2015 14:01:48 -0500Your fans subscribe to your no-cost ezine or newsletter that you regularly publish each week, each month, every other week, or whatever frequency you publish it. They have been on your list for ages, came on board recently, or arrived somewhere in between. Something captured their interest in what you offer and even if they don't always open your email each and every time it arrives, they have yet to exercise their option to remove themselves from your list. There are reasons that are more and less obvious for that.
Thu, 14 May 2015 11:02:11 -0500Your business as a service professional depends on you. Your clients buy you. Your work, generally speaking, gets done by you. You are the CEO, so all decisions are made by you. So why aren't you taking better care of yourself?
Tue, 12 May 2015 06:05:17 -0500Your brilliance - yes, brilliance - can be shared in endless ways, sometimes feeling like an avalanche of one bright shiny object after another as the ideas go past you. What if you could actively yet simply engage your audience, followers, market, tribe however you describe them - in easy, compelling ways? The more engaged and involved they are, the more they remember what you are teaching them, and the more they want to stay engaged with you.
Mon, 04 May 2015 14:05:30 -0500Recently a high level consulting client reported results most people who present seminars, workshops, and keynotes dream of having. He had people eating out of his hand, hanging on his every word, wanting to follow him home! He became an irresistible magnet as people asked about his availability to come speak to their group, their company, their team, their board retreat. Of course you're wondering what prompted all that enthusiasm and excitement that he and many other clients are experiencing, aren't you?
Mon, 04 May 2015 09:41:44 -0500In order to grow and thrive as a business owner it's essential to master your revenue channels. Because if circumstances change unexpectedly, you or family member becomes ill or your client suddenly ends the contract then you may need to find alternative ways to generate income fast. Once you've established the foundations in your business it makes sense to start developing your money channels by leveraging your existing skills and services.
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:12:59 -0500I see this situation all the time. You've hung out your shingle, you've set up your website, you offer every service under the sun, but have no clients. Or, you have a few clients but you are doing all kinds of different things for them. Or, you have many clients and you are working morning, noon and night to get your client work done. Whatever the circumstance, you are frustrated, tired, and ready to quit.
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 06:23:57 -0500Regardless of the business that you're in, it is important to be aware of the activities of competitors. We can learn a lot from them, lessons of both the what to do and what not to do variety. But be mindful that it is inadvisable to base your marketing strategies and sales stories on what competitors do and say. Such an approach is reactive. Your business interests are better served when being proactive. In other words, it's smarter to be yourself. Clients respond best to authenticity.
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:44:03 -0500To become a freelancer, is to completely mix up your personal and professional lives. You can curl up in your favorite bean bag in your room and do what you are passionate about.