January 1, 2017 marked 5 years of full-time self-employment for me. Wow! To say I've come a long way would be an understatement. I remember charging $500 for a blog design back in 2012 (and being happy with that!). Now my prices start over $10,500. But I've done a lot more than just raise my prices, I learned a lot of skills and developed confidence in myself to make that $10,500 worthwhile to my clients. The websites I create today are certainly more effective, strategic, and look a heck of a … [Read more...] about Five things I’ve learned in five years of business
Are you a complainer? Do you spend all of your time complaining? I was recently at Circles 2016 and during Joshua Blankenship's presentation, he said something that really hit home and that was, "you can spend your energy complaining or making things." That's something that I really think is important because when you're spending all of your time and energy complaining, you're not creating. When you are not creating, especially if you're self-employed, then 1) you're not getting paid and … [Read more...] about Are you creating, or complaining?
If you're running your business in a bubble, you have to stop. Business growth happens when you burst your bubble and start connecting with your peers--both in the same industry, and in others. Earlier this month I challenged the Unstoppable Crew members to reach out and expand their network. The challenge is over, but it's never too late to make connections! I've rounded up some posts to help even the most introverted entrepreneur meet new people and grow their network--and as a result, … [Read more...] about Networking & collaborating resource roundup!
Going it alone in business can be a real struggle, especially when your friends and family don't understand. Facebook communities are a great way to dip your toes into a community of like-minded people (if you're a web designer or developer, you should join the Unstoppable Expedition), and make connections. But personal connections are much more powerful, which is why I always encourage members of my Facebook group to reach out to others via email. The next step is meeting … [Read more...] about Why you should join (or start) a mastermind group
Are you happy with your web design business? I wasn't. It took a few years of struggling for me to pinpoint what the problems with my business were. I did know a few things: I hated opening my emails in the morning. I felt like I had to take on any project that came my way because, money. I worked weird hours and had my weekends interrupted by client emergencies. I wasn't working with clients I loved, even though I did that "Ideal Client" exercise until my eyes bled. It just … [Read more...] about Are you happy with your web design business?
So you have decided to open up shop and start your own design business. Congratulations! You are about to enter the most exhausting and rewarding venture of your life (not unlike having kids). Everyone’s road to success in this business is different, but there are a few time-tested and proven ways to fail. Follow the steps below to make sure you don’t fall into them. Go it alone - never ask for help This is one of the most major mistakes you can make in your design biz. The Go It Alone … [Read more...] about 3 Surefire ways to tank your design business