It is my distinct pleasure to announce that I’ll be interviewing Sylvia Matthews Burwell on Monday, February 9, 2015 Live on YouTube. I’ll share the link and details in a future post.
In my preparations for the interview, I put out a call for questions on Facebook. I was somewhat surprised by the questions coming in and it caused me to evaluate my own employer based insurance plan and the associated costs.
Employer Based Health Insurance Coverage
This is my Coming out of the Blog Closet Post... a very rough draft describing my career path over the past eight years. I started this summary for my LinkedIn profile. In our house, we call this type of draft a "sloppy copy" :...more
You promised yourself that you’d leave the office at a sane time for the upcoming weekend or that long-awaited vacation, but do you?
Or do you try to do “just one more thing”?
You decided to be your own boss because you wanted freedom and flexibility. But, are you giving it to yourself?
When you own your own business you must constantly be working to grow your list of prospects. It's called keeping your pipeline full. If you don't take consistent action your numbers will simply dwindle over time. In this post Linda Daley shows you 4 ways you can continuously and consistently grow your list.
Keeping your skills sharp is crucial for anyone who runs a business. Without the perk of company sponsored training, you have to do-it-yourself. Even if you attend formal conferences or hire mentors, there is still always more to learn. I believe in spending some time learning something new each and every day. You don't have to spend hours at a time. Simply 15-30 minutes a day will reap huge rewards.
Video marketing is the next best thing to being there "live" with someone. It is a crucial tool for small business owners to market their services. Here is a great how-to from Karyn Greenstreet with 8 solid tips (born from the author's first great video adventure) to help you do it right.
The promises of online contracting sites like Elance and oDesk are alluring. Clients will come to you. You will have a selection of assignments to choose from. Easy invoicing! Get paid!
But is it worth it? Are these online contracting sites the secret to landing more assignments?
Writers say that they are good for filling in the budget gaps -- but they aren’t perfect.
On the Inside
What do most entrepreneurs and self-employed business owners want for the holidays? Gifts that fall into two main categories: Something that helps them move their business forward, or something that makes their life more enjoyable.
Work for free?!? Pshh. Never! Right? Well …
Generally speaking, I think writers should always be paid for their work. Your time is money, right? But there are no absolutes, and sometimes working for free really does make sense.
When to Work for Free
Sure, you want to be paid for your efforts. Can't blame you there (me too!). But sometimes doing some work for free can be really beneficial in the long term.