Dealing with price dickering

One of the huge annoyances service providers encounter when they start talking pricing with clients is when the client asks you to provide the service for less. You say you can do a job for $1500 and the next question out of the client’s mouth is: How about doing it for $1000. Yeah great way […]

How should I price my services?

Our first post in the Pricing Series talked about all the different methods you could use to price your services. Yesterday I talked about how your speed at something shouldn’t affect your pricing (which is why hourly is a big bag of suck). Today I’m going to talk about the 2 pricing methods I use […]

Speed and Pricing

When you start any type of work you’re slow. When I started building WordPress themes it took me 2 weeks to get something that I’d barely say is halfway passable (looking back at it now). Now that I’ve been building themes for 5 years I can build a basic theme that would pass all of […]

Some initial thoughts on CRM tools

Clients are the life of any freelancer’s business. You should always be marketing to and talking to possible new clients to keep your pipeline full of work. Let it drop off and you’d better go find a fridge box to live in. Enter the CRM If you don’t know what a CRM is lets get […]

Breaking down my expense categories

So far this week we’ve talked about our personal financial journey at home, what a budget is and why you should consider creating one for your business, and how I broke down the numbers from years past to come up with what we hope is a realistic budget for the business. Today we’ll talk about […]

How we set a business budget

As we’ve started assigning me tasks over the last few months it’s become obvious that my main task has been to take over the bookkeeping. I’ve started entering receipts, tracking expenses, and monitoring income. Curtis still has responsibilities in this area as well, but it has literally cut the time he spends on it down […]

Why on earth should you create a budget for your business?

This seems like a simple concept but let me give you a bit of a working definition of exactly WHAT a budget is. That way maybe you can understand WHY you should create a budget for your business. WHAT is a Budget? A budget is an INTENTIONAL spending plan for your business. It gives you […]

Creating an Effective Budget for Your Business

This week we’re going to be talking about creating an effective budget for your business. I know, most people hear the word budget and shudder. However a budget is a very effective tool that will allow you track your expenses, profits, taxes, and set a realistic salary for yourself. It will ensure that you actually […]

I just turned off email on my phone

I’m a huge proponent of GTD. I use it to run my whole business and pretty much all of my life tasks. GTD is all about removing cognitive load by putting tasks and notes in a trusted system. For me that system is OmniFocus and Evernote. The thing is that I break my own system […]

How much is your attitude?

The garden needed to be cleaned. It had a winter’s worth of pine cones and pine needles in it. There were weeds everywhere. It looked terrible. There I stood making the communal townhouse garden presentable grumbling under my breath about the injustice of it all. I’m the one who does most of the snow shoveling […]

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