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
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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?
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
It's time you took a vacation! Do you know how to prep your business for vacation? As entrepreneurs and freelancers, we tend to rarely take time off, since paid vacations are hard to come by. But if you don't recharge your batteries at least once a year, you're likely on a path that leads to burnout. And being burned out from your own business is no good. Your projects and clients suffer, because you're suffering. You need to take a vacation, and you can do that with a little prep work. In … [Read more...] about How to prep your business for vacation
You need to prep your business for an emergency. Last month, things were humming along smoothly, when stomach pain sent me to the ER. What seemed like a routine appendectomy turned into multiple surgeries and procedures, putting me fully out of commission for 9 days. Even after returning home, I wasn't feeling too great and needed another week to recover, plus I've got to take it easy for a few more weeks. I'm not telling you this to make you feel sorry for me, I'm telling you this, because, … [Read more...] about How to prep your business for an emergency
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, getting more clients can be rough. But without clients, you don't have a business! I've rounded up the best client-getting resources I could find. Some are free, some are paid, some have affiliate links in which case if you click them and then make a purchase I'll get a small commission, but the point is: you've got to have clients if you want to have a business. Let's help you get more clients. Psst! Affiliate links below. That means if you click a … [Read more...] about Resources to help you get more clients