Should You Stand Out or Fit In?

Should You Stand Out or Fit In?

When you were growing up, it’s a good bet that one or more of the adults in your life advised you not to stand out. Standing out, like showing off, causing trouble, or breaking the rules, was something that good boys and girls didn’t do. Now that...
The Only Thing We Have to Fear

The Only Thing We Have to Fear

There’s no question that the state of the world economy is alarming. Here in the U.S., businesses are failing, unemployment is at record levels, and business and consumer spending in multiple categories has plummeted. And there’s no clear path to recovery...
Packaging Your Services as a Product

Packaging Your Services as a Product

One of the biggest challenges in selling professional services is that what you are offering is intangible. Your product can’t be seen, touched, or tasted. Until your prospective clients experience what you do, they have no way of knowing if it will turn out,...
There’s More than One Way to Grow a Business

There’s More than One Way to Grow a Business

Every self-employed professional wants to earn more from his or her business. When you ask professionals how they plan to meet that goal, they usually talk about doing a better job at marketing or doing more of it. But in fact, there are many ways to go about growing...
What’s Your Marketing Attitude?

What’s Your Marketing Attitude?

Self-employed professionals pay a lot of attention to the mechanics of marketing. They take classes, read books, and hire experts to learn how to do the best job possible. When I first work with a client, I often discover that his or her knowledge of marketing...

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