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Published: Sat, 17 Mar 2018 00:12:14 -0500


Client Retention Means Exceeding Expectations

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:18:21 -0600

Client retention and referrals are the best ways to build a good client list. While working with clients new and long-term, the mission of every consulting professional is to provide the highest quality service, exceed client expectations and create the conditions for a long relationship and the receipt of referrals. Recently, one of my clients did exactly that and referred to me his good friend and colleague. I was thrilled!

Capable + Credible = Contract

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:59:32 -0600

Pitching to prospects is stressful and time-consuming, but what a thrill it is to be invited to discuss a project! With much anticipation, time and energy are directed to preparing for the meeting and, if asked to do so, also writing a proposal to outline how the client's goals would be achieved. It's frustrating when a proposal is rejected or even worse, if you never again hear from that prospect. It is imperative that Solopreneurs take steps to improve our client acquisition rate and minimize negative outcomes.

Business Pros and Cons

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:38:50 -0600

So many people have a dream of having their own business. They focus on benefits that they could enjoy including freedom to choose schedule, pride of ownership and hopefully large profits. Unfortunately, according to Innovation, Science and Economic Development in Canada as many as 97% of new start-ups with less than one hundred employees fail in the first year of operation.

8 Things You Should Know About Before Planning 2018

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 09:06:48 -0600

Here is a list of books, ideas and concepts that I have found profoundly interesting and important this year. I'm so grateful that I have discovered them or been introduced to them by others. I want you to have the benefit of knowing they exist, whether for now or in the future.

Transitioning From Employee to Solopreneur

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:15:51 -0600

Is your number one Bucket List goal to establish your own entity and become a business owner or Solopreneur consultant? Are you planning to abandon the "safety" of a traditional job to directly market and sell your products or services to customers with the money and motive to do business with you? Going out on one's own is a thrilling and sometimes frightening prospect. As you weigh your options and prepare to write your business plan, be aware of a few changes and additional expenses to expect should you join the self-employed sector.

Why Ride-Share Driving Is The Greatest Video Game of All Time

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 21:13:16 -0500

Video games are crossing over into real life with the use of cell phones and GPS location technology. Ride-share driving is arguably the best real life role-playing game I have ever played.

Is Your Business Model Snuffing Out Your Message?

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 07:57:55 -0500

I often talk to coaches, consultants, freelancers, small business owners, authors, speakers... etc. who feel stuck. Well, screw the label, that's not important. They're the "do their own thing, do something meaningful" kind of people.

Reasons Why You Should Consider Becoming A Virtual Assistant

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:56:30 -0500

In this day and age, the Internet is everywhere. People are linking to it in any way you could imagine. This article is for workers and job-seekers. Herewith, lists the advantages of becoming a home-based digital worker over the traditional work setting.

11 Mistakes New Coaches Make In Business

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:23:43 -0500

Most Coaches start out in business for reasons such as, wanting to quit their full time job and be their own boss, or they want to gain the financial and personal freedom of being an entrepreneur, they also want to help people and make a difference in their life. No matter what the reason is, being a Coach is a fantastic profession to go in. However, what many Coaches don't realize until they are in the beginning stages of their Coaching career is that starting a coaching business is not always as easy as it seems. Many Coaches struggle trying to make it work and trying to make that leap to a successful Coaching business. In this report I will share with you eleven mistakes new Coaches make that are holding them back from reaching their ultimate goal of having a successful business.

Pricing Primer For Solopreneur Service Providers

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:33:34 -0500

Clients are motivated to spend as little as possible for the products and services that they require. However, they are known to pay premium prices when they "feel" that a particular product or service delivers exceptional value.That value can mean an expert solution to a business challenge; a long-lasting product that performs well with little maintenance; the ability to meet a deadline; or other factors that have meaning to the decision-makers. It is the Solopreneur's job in the initial face-to-face meeting to figure out what the client feels is important.

You're Ready to Fly Freelance

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:30:44 -0500

Businesses large and small continue to eliminate full-time employment and push Americans into learning how to support ourselves independently. Some workers have an entrepreneurial mindset and an independent spirit and would strike out on their own regardless. Maybe that describes you? Whatever the circumstances, the time may be right for you to plan to work for yourself. Here are some signifiers.

Beware of Mystery Shopper Offers

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:01:39 -0600

Frequently, people ask me how they can make some extra money and I'm always happy to share what I do with them. Some just need a few extra bucks to make it thru the month and others are looking for life altering, job replacing type income. From the comfort of your home, the internet can be utilized to accomplish either of these tasks.

How to Benefit by Hiring the Perfect Event Management Company

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 08:35:32 -0600

They are not a professional event management company for nothing. With abundant experience and expertise, you will benefit greatly by having them organise your next event whether it's personal or a corporate one. You can be assured they will exceed your expectation! Wondering how you will benefit from the services of the perfect event management company? Here's how-

Why an IT Consulting Business Is a Safe Bet for Startup Business in Information Technology

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 09:25:14 -0600

Without 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.

Achieving Effective Marketing for Your Solo Business - A Micro Business Survey

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:45:24 -0600

Micro 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.

3 Ways to Use Technology to Automate Your Marketing

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:06:11 -0600

Automation 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.

Can Solopreneurs Use Big Data?

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 09:02:28 -0600

Big 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.

4 Of the Best Qualities Every Successful Solopreneur Must Have

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 10:14:29 -0600

Would 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.

Are You a Job Title or a Personal Brand?

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:42:54 -0500

What 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.

You Are Now Entering the Gig Economy

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 15:17:58 -0500

Think 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.

Proposal Writing Primer

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:25:36 -0500

Periodically, 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.

3 Ways to Become the Go-To Expert For Your Clients

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:25:01 -0500

One 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.

5 Steps to Get to Know Your Target Market

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:34:45 -0500

Reach 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.

Is Having a Home-Based Business a Sensible Idea?

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 14:29:57 -0500

Many 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!

Passion For Economic Freedom And Happiness

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 10:39:28 -0500

Passion 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.

Are You Primark Or Harrods? Pricing And Positioning Is Your Choice

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...

Is Finding a Niche Really Necessary?

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 10:44:10 -0500

One 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.

4 Essential Qualities You Search In an Electrician

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:46:16 -0500

An 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.

What Self-Discipline For A Solo Professional Entails

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:06:20 -0500

In 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.

Freelancing in the Legal Field

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 07:02:30 -0500

Thinking about taking your legal expertise to the freelancing market? Read more here.

Some Important Skills Required To Be A Successful Solo Entrepreneur

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 14:35:09 -0500

It'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.

Life As a Freelance Photographer

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 11:15:49 -0500

Learn 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!

Not Charging What You're Worth? Heading for a Nervous Breakdown!

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 07:05:34 -0500

Not 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!

How to Freelance

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:08:57 -0500

Are you thinking of becoming a freelancer? Read on!

Securing Management for Your Author Career - 4 Things to Consider Before Moving Forward

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:14:17 -0500

Securing 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.

Securing Management for Your Author Career - 5 Ways To Start The Process

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:11:45 -0500

How 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.

Do You Really Need a Business Partner?

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:14:32 -0500

Are 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.

How Much Should I Charge for My EFT Work?

Thu, 21 Apr 2016 11:18:36 -0500

I 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.

Make a Decision - What Do You Want To Do?

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 15:36:14 -0500

Many 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.

Independent Contractor Jobs Gravitating Into the Digital Marketplace!

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 14:31:26 -0500

Independent 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.

10 Common Online Business Assumptions Made Daily By Solopreneurs

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 14:09:26 -0500

This 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.

Your Therapy Business Thriving On Your Quirks

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 07:40:09 -0600

It 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.

How To Find Your First Paying Clients As A New Freelance Writer

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:47:25 -0600

Getting 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.

The Proven Pitching Process for New Freelance Writers

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 09:42:32 -0600

If 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.

Breaking Into the Freelance World

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 13:52:01 -0600

Becoming 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.

Waiting on a Client Payment?

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 06:28:06 -0600

One 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?

Too Busy For Your Own Business Growth?

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:49:57 -0600

One 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.

Being Your Own Boss Is So Great

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 15:47:08 -0600

One 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?

A New Generation Emerges: How Micro Jobs Are on Your Side

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 09:48:02 -0600

The 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.

Booklet Tips - Non-Retail Quiet Time

Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:24:58 -0600

Is 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.

New Year, New Career

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:05:36 -0600

Last 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.

Handyman or Odd Job Man

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 08:22:57 -0600

The 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.

Booklet Tips - Going on Automatic

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 11:38:11 -0600

Do 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?

Compromise Your Way To Self-Employment Success

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:09:01 -0600

All 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.

The 5 Secrets to Charging What You're Worth

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 06:34:39 -0600

If 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.

What's Left to Do?

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 11:40:04 -0600

At 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.

Invest in Yourself Without Going Broke

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 12:25:28 -0600

Investing 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.

How Much Should You Charge In Your VA Business?

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 12:56:42 -0600

Figuring 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.

Solopreneurs and Social Media

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:37:44 -0600

Participation 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.

Transform No Into Yes

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:05:19 -0600

Percolating 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?

Booklet Tips - Partnering With Colleagues

Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:07:58 -0600

Many 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.

How's Business?

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:27:46 -0600

I 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.

Turning Your Passion Into A Business: 7 Steps To Getting Started

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 10:42:13 -0600

Have 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.

Drive Your Business Like You Drive Your Car

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 09:32:21 -0600

Running 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.

Holiday Greetings!

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:13:13 -0600

Solopreneurs 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.

Turn Your Talents Into Cash: 3 Proven Strategies for Success in the Arts

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:41:56 -0600

Too 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.

Booklet Tips - Confused Mind Says No

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 15:36:34 -0500

It 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?

I've Written My Book - What Comes Next?

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:49:26 -0500

You'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!

6 Reasons Why You Need to Structure Your Book

Fri, 16 Oct 2015 09:19:41 -0500

When 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?

Booklet Tips - Simply Unknown

Tue, 13 Oct 2015 06:19:17 -0500

Your 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.

You Are Better Than You Think You Are

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:45:03 -0500

Stop 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.

Freelance Lonely

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 06:05:07 -0500

In 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.

How To Respond to an RFP

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 06:39:31 -0500

Recently 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.

Create A Successful Career As A Freelancer

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 14:36:50 -0500

Employers 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.

What Is A Transcription Service?

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 15:17:46 -0500

The 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.

Virtual Assistant Tips for Communication

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 09:55:00 -0500

In 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.

Prevent Self Employment Burnout With Self Love

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 09:18:48 -0500

Self 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!

Freelancing Can Be a Wise Option to Make Money

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:44:57 -0500

It 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.

Time to Celebrate!

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:43:45 -0500

Celebrating 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.

How Creativity Nurtures Your Confidence and Vice Versa

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:38:04 -0500

You 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.

What's Your Biggest Fear?

Thu, 20 Aug 2015 13:12:09 -0500

Our 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!!

It's Not Personal, It's Business

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:01:46 -0500

Business 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.

The Unexpected Request For Proposal (RFP)

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:20:38 -0500

Have 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.

Booklet Tips - Talk TO Your Reader

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:30:15 -0500

Have 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.

Top Five Ways to Market Your Coaching or Therapy Practice

Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:13:37 -0500

Struggling 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.

Practice To Get Better

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 08:13:30 -0500

For 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!!

Ten Things You Should Do Before Going Freelance

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:02:48 -0500

Thinking 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.

Getting Clients Is Easy

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:25:53 -0500

One 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.

Portfolio Careers: Why a Career of Multiple Part-Time Jobs Is Ideal in Today's Job Market

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:51:19 -0500

In 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.

Business Boundaries: Dos and Dont's

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:28:52 -0500

We 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!

Not an Early Bird? Fake It Til You Make It!

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 09:46:02 -0500

Everyone 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.

What's The Right Price?

Thu, 16 Jul 2015 11:39:42 -0500

How 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.

Writers - Do the Most Important Stuff FIRST to Build Your Business Quickly!

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:04:42 -0500

Here'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?

Making Lemonade With Lemons

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 10:49:43 -0500

You 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!

Where the Freelance Money Is

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 11:47:55 -0500

Some 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.

One Week Along the Journey of Creating My Freelance Writing Career

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 09:02:31 -0500

Looking 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. 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...

Booklet Tips - Book or Booklet First, Then What?

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 06:08:00 -0500

You 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.

The 9 Tools Needed to Start Window Cleaning Professionally

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 07:48:15 -0500

There 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.

Do You Feel Like You Are All Alone in Your Business?

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:34:32 -0500

Do 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.

Are You 1099 or W2? Knowing Your Place at Work

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:04:55 -0500

Solopreneur 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.