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Ideas, Thoughts, Observations, and Action Items for Contractors & Freelancers

Good Questions/Bad Questions In Website Design

The quality of your website is only as good as the questions you ask of it! Below are some common questions I field from customers along with my conversation-starter responses. Bad Question: My WordPress site is currently having issues - it's slow, and...

The YMCA’s Stupid “Cover Your Ass” Move

Corporations are famous for covering their asses. For example, Apple's Terms of Service are famous for covering their ass.  (If you want to gross yourself out, just watch the South Park episode about accepting Apple's TOS!) I'll save my "Covering Your...

I Need Your Help

I've never made a pitch like this before, and, frankly, I'm a little scared to do it...  I'm in the midst of a career crisis, and this is me reaching out for help.  Here's the deal: Time is short for all of us, and I'm realizing I don't...

Why I Work

"I'm sorry!  I have to pull an all-nighter again," I shamefully told my wife as I slunk into the chair in my kitchen after dinner, 3-month-old baby crying in the background. It was May 2011, and I was miserable. I was thankful for my wife and infant daughter, but...

The Quickest, Simplest, Funnest Website I’ve Ever Built

I've tried just about every website builder there is: WordPress, Wix, SquareSpace, etc. They all suffer from a single deficiency: In their attempt to be everything to everyone, they make it really easy to hate building your website. What if building your website...

EOS Level 10 Meeting Template

The EOS management system employs the use of weekly meetings, which they call "The Level 10 Meeting" (a.k.a. "L10"). This weekly check-in requires only 2 people and is the most valuable thing you can do to push your business forward. Like all of EOS, there's...

The Importance of Google Reviews to Your Small Business

I recommend most small businesses forgo all but the most passive marketing efforts in favor of improving sales close rates. But when I say that, I often include a caveat, "Get Google Reviews." Google Reviews communicate trust in one of the most popular channels where...

Don’t Do Marketing. Do Sales.

Why Are You Wasting Your Time On Marketing? Most small business owners spend too much time thinking about marketing. They spend hours, days, and years talking about their website layouts, logos, colors, content, images, etc. all in the name of good marketing. But they...

Artist, Architect, or Craftsperson?

Most of the work I do fits into one of three categories. I'm either doing the work of an artist, architect, or craftsperson. The Artist Artists design and build stuff without a business goal in mind. They enjoy the process of doing stuff. For an artist, motivation...

I Never Thought I’d See The Day When…

Realtors are widely-regarded as the most work-life unbalanced freelancers out there. They work day and night and are available to close deals on a dime. They are constantly in a race to return phone calls and emails. That's why today I was surprised to learn that my...

Oh Yeah… This Is Why I Own A Business.

A friend who has a well-paid, full-time job leading a non-profit is currently suing his employer for something like breach of contract or god-knows-what. He's still working there, too!  Amazing! Let me say that again, because it's nutso: My friend, who is suing his...

A Simple & Awesome Tweak To My Sales Process

I owe this brilliant idea to Barbara. (Thanks!) The Old Process (3 Steps) For the past year or so, my sales process for new web leads looked like this: Lead comes in via my contact form. I reply to the email with some times/dates via assistant.to requesting a quick...

My Biggest Success Yet!

I have a personal success story I'd like to share quick. For the past 6 years, I've been taking action to better-integrate The Mighty Mo! into my non-work life. One pain point for me over the years has been taking calm vacation time away from my business and with my...

Freelancers Outsourcing Website Development To Freelancers

Freelancers Outsourcing Website Development To Freelancers I led a conversation with MSPWP last week about outsourcing website development.  Below are my thoughts, notes, aspirations on the topic.  🙂 You are a freelancer who is curious about outsourcing website...

The Grind & The Starship Enterprise

The Grind is when you really don’t want to work, but you know you have to, because that’s how the dollars are made. So you go to work. The Grind is when you really don’t want to eat a healthy breakfast, but you know it’s a cornerstone to how you lose weight. So you...