Remember when you started driving and everything felt like it was happening so fast? Remember that first time you got on the highway and went 100 km an hour? It felt like so much was going on at once. You tried to watch the speed of the car and make sure that you didn’t run into any of the other…
The life of entrepreneurship can, from the outside, look like a bed of roses. Yes, today I started work at 9 a.m. and read for two hours, then wrote for two hours, and am now writing more at 2:30 p.m., sitting in the living room watching my kids play in the snow.
But that’s my highlight…Continue
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That’s meant I’ve pushed people out of the roads that aren’t plowed. I’ve shoveled for neighbours that…Continue
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Before Christmas I pre-sold Finding and Marketing to Your Niche and I had grande plans for how I'd treat my amazing pre-sale purchasers.…
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Let me begin by issuing a warning before I dive into my latest book review. Don't just go to Amazon and search "Getting Naked". Oh sure, you're going to get the right book, but you'll also get a bunch of other stuff you didn't expect or want to see.
Outside of that, I give…Continue
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All that changed when new ways to get aluminum out of the ground were invented. With a fairly quick…Continue
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We’re told that one of the first steps in thinking about any new business is to write a business plan. Out of this you’ll get to see how viable (or not) the business you want to build is. Books and books are written on how to write a great business plan. I’ve even got some on my shelf.
In my original ideal world of freelancing I’d hang out my shingle and stellar clients would pour in. I’d have work to do all the time with no dry periods. All the clients would be willing to pay premium rates, beginning the day I started building sites.
Yeah it sounds silly now, but it’s…Continue
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I have a friend who will smile deeply as I talk and then say:
Dude all I’ve heard for the last 5 minutes is “I’m a big nerd.” I…Continue
As as developer, I’ve written lots of code for clients, and many of those pieces of code can be reused for new projects. Where clients think we're building something totally new, I can see how under the hood we’re building a new UI on a similar idea from a previous client.
When I see…Continue
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The piece of advice I give to my coaching clients most often, and the one that remains unheeded, is that they need to charge more. Far too many of you are charging well below what you’re worth because you believe the wrong facts about your…Continue
Because of that, I read around sixty books a year, with about forty-five of them being focused on business or…Continue
The question I get asked most often by you fine people who run your own business is…
How do I get more leads for my business?
That's a good question, but that’s not really what you want. If I send 10,000 unqualified leads to you but you convert none of them…
Case studies are one of the most powerful things you can add to your site to really get prospects motivated to work with you. But few people utilize them. Even fewer have good ones, because writing good case studies can be hard.
I did say ‘write,’ and while written case studies…
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There you were, working away building sites, and one day you realized you were pretty good. Good enough that you should be doing this for yourself instead of letting someone else enjoy all the profits.
So you started a business, and then reality hit.
Running a business…Continue
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I'm totally a digital person. Right now I'm writing at my kitchen table while my kids watch some TV. I've spent months travelling to see family for Christmas or spent the summer in other parts of the country, with no real change in my business. I'm able to keep my business going because most of…Continue
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If you want to win work, you need to be proactive about keeping tabs on your leads. Sure, the prospect has a problem and you can likely solve it, but so can others.
Sometimes things come up for your prospect, say a death in the family. When life happens the project may take a back seat.…Continue
Ugh. Who watches the news anymore? If you do, you’re going to get a solid dose of everything that’s wrong with the world. News thrives on eyeballs and tragedy draws the eyeballs.
Yet in the midst of all of this gloom and doom, we encounter…Continue
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In The Brain Audit, author Sean D’Souza talks about your target profile and how crucial it is when you’re doing any type of marketing.
Target profile is simply the factor of choosing one person.Continue
I’m sure when I tell you that you need to focus your business on a niche, this is not the first time you’ve heard that. It’s likely not even the third, or the fifth time you’ve heard it. If you’ve been at the business game for more than a few weeks you’ve heard it possibly hundreds of…Continue