Are you undervaluing and under-pricing your own time?

Setting fees is an important decision that must be made before starting a business, and one that must be revisited regularly to make sure we’re neither pricing ourselves out of the market nor short-changing ourselves. If this is something you’ve struggled with, I know you’ll find some helpful ideas in today’s guest post. There are so many exciting aspects of…

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How to Create a Profitable Productized Service

A few years ago, I stopped billing by the hour and began offering service packages to fill different needs. It’s worked really well, leading to reduced stress and increased income for me, and more clarity and easier budgeting for my clients. I highly recommend that you consider this strategy for your business! You can start by reading this advice from…

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How to Engage Customers via Email

How many business emails do you send out every week? 10? 50? 100? 500? The higher the number, the easier it is to slip into bad habits – being too casual, making typos, the list goes on. In some cases, these mistakes will be overlooked or forgiven, but they can lead to missed opportunities or lost business — and you…

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Helping Clients Fall In Love With Your Services

It costs much more to land a new client than it does to retain an existing one. Depending on who you ask, the additional cost may be anywhere from three to thirty times as much, but there’s no questioning the value of customer retention. Neerav Mehta has applied his commitment to client satisfaction to successfully grow his San Francisco-based Drupal development firm, Red…

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9 Tips for Building Your Support Network

When I launched my business in 2002, I was very excited to have something that was “all mine.” Who wouldn’t be? However, my desire for independence almost prevented me from being successful! I learned that when you run your own business, you need to grow a network of colleagues, service providers and others who can help you in various ways….

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What does “vacation” mean to YOU?

In the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, “vacation” is defined as “a period of several days or weeks spent away from work or school etc., used esp. for recreation and travel; a holiday.” At least not in the traditional sense, where they go away (or stay at home) to just relax or do some projects around the house. Instead, they bring along…

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3 reasons to accept payments remotely

If you’re like most of the organizers I know, you love your work so much that you’d be happy to do it even if you weren’t getting paid. Unfortunately, happiness won’t pay the bills! These days we have more options than ever for issuing invoices and getting paid, and today we welcome Kristen Gramigna with information about mobile payments. For self employed…

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10 tips for a successful organizing business

To be a successful organizing coach or consultant, you need knowledge, a passion for imparting that knowledge to others, and basic business skills. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve talked about a number of resources for professional development and networking to help you attain those skills. Today I’m happy to share my top tips to help you start and…

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