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 […]

Don’t Quit Clients

The dream of many freelancers is to quit clients and focus on products. It may be themes, or books, or custom yoga pants that you want to make and sell. The specific product doesn’t matter. It’s the thought that no more clients around would be awesome. Quitter is a book about moving from your ‘day […]

Do you finish as well as you start

I’m generally a pretty safe driver by all accounts. I drive just barely over the speed limit and rarely rush anywhere (no lane changing and weaving for me) since I simply don’t see the point in saving 30 seconds driving across town. That doesn’t mean I’m free from driving mistakes. Almost there Yes the night […]

My Final Words

OK, so here goes my last and final post of this series… I think it’s important to summarize what we’ve talked about all week. When I think about the things that I could share, there are hundreds of them. What I’ve touched on this week is what I feel has been vitally important to OUR […]

Support Your Non-Entrepreneurial Spouse

I’ve talked a lot about how I support Curtis in his business ventures, but I think it’s important to talk about how he supports me and the things that I want to pursue. Please know that I’m not expert in marriage, but we’ve got 10 years of experience, one beautiful daughter and a second child […]

Be Your Spouse’s Sounding Board

Even before I became a part of the daily to do’s of Curtis’ business I was his sounding board. This falls under support, but I think it’s important enough to merit it’s own post. Whether you are business savvy or not you are your spouse’s sounding board. What exactly do I mean by that? Well, […]

Supporting your Entrepreneurial Spouse

This week for our blog series you guys get to listen to a new voice. I’ve been the “behind the scenes” person in Curtis’ business from the beginning and when we were talking about starting to run a series of posts on his blog every now and then he asked me if I would be […]

Shoe horn client communication

I love systems, they make things so much easier for me. I can track everything and keep email out of my inbox. A well used PM system is awesome. Most clients don’t like them at all but we (and I used to) force them into using it. We tell them we won’t respond to emails […]