Don’t Wait for Tax Time to Look at the Bottom Line

A curious thing happens to small business owners in the spring of every year. They wake up one day and realize they had better figure out how much money they made last year so they can file and pay their taxes. But wait, shouldn’t a business owner already know...

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Marketing the Real You

I often wonder how the practice began of pretending to be someone else in order to market your business. You know what I’m talking about — it’s the marketing face, the selling voice, that you often put on in order to attend a networking event or make a...

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When to Toot Your Own Horn

Every day in your business, something happens that people should know about. Perhaps you get booked to speak, or you begin reaching out to a new type of customer, or you have an article published. Yet much of the time, the only people aware of these significant events...

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How to Tell Clients You Have What They Need

Do you know why clients should hire you? Congratulations! That’s an excellent beginning. But it’s not enough for you to know why clients should hire you — they need to know it, too. It’s hard enough to find clients without also having to...

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Want More Business? Speak Up!

Speaking in public can be a powerful marketing tactic for any self-employed professional. Public speaking increases your visibility, boosts your credibility, and establishes you as an expert in your field. It gives you exposure to potential clients in such an...

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Are You Getting Paid Enough for the Work You Do?

“I have plenty of work coming in,” one of my clients told me, “but I’m not getting paid enough. Every project seems to take longer than I anticipated, and I end up putting in a lot of unpaid hours. How can I fix this?” If this problem...

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What You Are Marketing Is Yourself

“Call us today and change your life,” proclaimed the hot pink flyer on the bulletin board. It was signed “Sunrise Hypnotherapy” with a phone number and a blind email address. No practitioner’s name appeared anywhere on the flyer. Posted...

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How to Develop a Creative Brand Name or Tag Line

When you’re feeling stuck about naming your business or brand, or finding just the right phrase for your tag line, here’s one of the techniques I share with my clients and students to stimulate your creativity. Take a pad of small sticky notes and on each...

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Six Steps to Get Your Audience to Read What You Write

If you’re a self-employed professional who wants to get the attention of prospective clients by writing blog posts, magazine and journal articles, case studies, or an ebook, you already know this problem. Writing material like this takes up time and brain...

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Seven Ways to Get Clients to See You as an Expert

As a self-employed professional, the view that prospective clients hold of you is crucial. What you want is for clients to see you as an expert. How clients perceive your level of expertise will influence not only whether or not they hire you, but also how much...

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