It’s good to have good friends.
For example, I have no idea about maths, but I needed a formula created.
So I asked my friend Colin, certified rocket scientist to put it together for me.
It’s pretty simple.
It’s highly useful though.
Because for most entrepreneurs, the sheer though of losing a customer petrifies us.
When in actual reality, nearly all ...more
Customers come in all shapes and sizes.
Some are a dream to work with, others make you want to set fire to your computer.
Luckily, there’s an easy way to filter the good from the bad: your pricing models.
Like I said before: If you use higher prices, you’ll increasingly attract the right kind.
But, you can also use ...more
People tell you that if you want to earn a decent living, the worst thing you can do is write for content mills.
Places like Elance and Freelancer.com - everybody tells you there’s dragons, and don’t go there.
Because it just so happened that I got a ton of work through one of those sites, in ...more
Yesterday I told you that when someone pays a high price, they are more likely to benefit from their purchase.
Aside from the research that backs it up, I can also tell you from experience that it’s true.
When I went into the monastery, it was all fun and games. There weren’t many rules at that stage: ...more
Most of us creatives, we tend to make a fundamental mistake when deciding how to price our product or service.
We tend to base our rates on the number of hours it takes us to do our work, multiplied by what should be our hourly rate.
On the surface it might make sense, but there are several ...more
You might not think so, but even as an artist you sell solutions.
In most cases, the problem that an art buyer wants to solve isn’t as dire as, say, finding a reliable garage to get your car fixed.
It’s not the same as selling a tested solution to fix dandruff or indigestion.
But just the same, at ...more
As long as I can remember, I’ve always resented the idea of buying people flowers.
Just seems wasteful to me: it’s so short-lived.
For a few days it looks nice, then it wilts, and then it’s gone.
So instead, when I like someone, I go out of my way to look for a plant in bloom.
Uncommon perhaps, but ...more
My friend the interior designer, the one who comes round my house so I can help her build a business?
She’s working hard: building a site, writing pages, preparing for daily emails.
And, with some prodding from ye olde Stellar, she’s been stepping out and putting herself in front of people.
“Hey, I’m starting something new - my ...more
Friend of mine is a professional musician, here on the coast.
He’s a one-man band: high quality backing tracks, a mic, two guitars and three saxophones.
Apparently, he’s the best sax player on the coast.
His repertoire might not be the most exciting, but it pays the bills.
And his audiences love him to bits: he gets them dancing ...more
Yesterday on Twitter , someone in Holland asked something about whether or not to get paid in advance for your work.
I said “Yes of course, always” - but apparently, not everyone thinks like that.
I’ve seen the discussion before: Especially in the field of translating and article writing.
People will come on and complain that client X ...more
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