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Time is on your side: Building client relationships

Building client relationships is a lifelong gig.

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Two holes in your marketing

Being “good at what you do” is really just the price of admission.

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Care to make it interesting?

Once I finally realized that the uncertainty never goes away, the daily ups and downs are a lot of what keeps life interesting.

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What cars and freelancing have in common

It's easy to assume you know what your business looks like from the outside, but that's not always the case.

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What’s in your tool chest?

What kinds of simple, efficient tools have you developed for your business?

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Are you playing the wrong game?

When it comes to acquiring new clients, most professional service providers are playing “the game” in the wrong way.

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The secret to a dynamic marketing presence

My wife walked in on me last week. I’m guessing I’m not the first man this has ever happened to, but it’s embarrassing all the same. I…

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How being like everyone else keeps your rates low

There’s a new ice cream store here in town. Well, okay, it’s not exactly a store, it’s more like a grain silo-ish thing attached to a market,…

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Your quirks are your competitive advantage – here's why

Do you like hot dogs? Yeah, me too. And even though they’re not healthy (I’m not even sure they count as food), I admit to indulging in one…

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The simple secret to getting more word-of-mouth referrals

OK. Put your donut down for a minute and pay attention. I have some questions for you: Can you recommend a career coach for my cousin who’s thinking of…

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The secret to building a steady income as a freelancer

Let me ask you a question… What’s the best thing about having a job? Not the worst thing (this is a newsletter, not a 12-part miniseries). The best thing.…

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Income anxiety – the boogey man at the window and how to deal with him

I’ve been thinking all day about a conversation I had yesterday with one of the solo professionals in my (fabulous) one year marketing class. We talked about money. More…

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The simple secret to making gains in your business

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got rules in my life that I adhere to for no apparent reason. I don’t know where they came from…

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Acing the negative stress test

Have you ever had a “stress test?” I had one just last week. The purpose, more or less, is to test your heart and make sure all is functioning properly.…

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How to turn mistakes into stepping stones to success

I have nothing personal against bees; I’ve heard that their lives can get quite busy and that’s fine by me. But this year, the bees in my yard…

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Tall tales of marketing

What a 7-foot basketball player and a writer who specializes in white papers have in common.

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The marketing 4-step, or how to cultivate a sense of completion

“It smells like burning metal.” I haven’t done any research, but I’m pretty sure that this statement is not among the top three things you’d hope to…

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Are you smarter than a golden retriever?

I guess I’m really not sure how smart our dog Abbie is. I mean, of course I’d like to believe she’s the canine Einstein (a great name…

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3 things luxury cars can teach you about pricing your services

I bought a new car the other day. A Ford Focus. I love it. Fun to drive (5-speed), seamless connection to my phone (I don’t even have to take…

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How tackling the little things can make a big difference

This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a…