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

How My WordPress Business Is Unique

Sometimes we small business owners just need to get our of our own way! Getting curious about my value has provided me with the right boundaries needed to be creative in my space.

Tech Solutions Aren’t The Answer To Your Revenue Problems

A quick primer on How To Break Through Your Blockers and Permanently Solve Your Business’ Revenue Problems.

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How I Built a $5,000 Product

I no longer write custom proposals. I found a better way to run my WordPress Design company. It all starts when someone asks to buy something from me.  Yesterday, an existing customer asked for a website redesign. Up until yesterday, I didn't have a product to...

All You Ever Need To Know About Responding to RFPs and Custom Proposals

Y’all who work at normal 9-5 jobs don’t need to deal with the B.S. that is an RFP process (or rather you get paid to deal with it).

But us freelancers gotta deal with a whole big bag of schtuff when it comes to custom proposals.

Here’s my quick-and-dirty RFP filtering process that I use every time.

(It’s about a minute read.)

Enjoy!
Toby

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Here’s How I Help Former Customers

It's painful to lose customers.   But we can make it a positive experience for everyone. Get Curious & Vulnerable Ask them why you've been fired. Asking "why?" is the most painful part of the whole damn thing, because when we're fired, we'd much rather dive into an...

I’ve been fired!

Freelancers get fired all the time. For better or worse, it’s part of our business’ DNA.

But did you know getting fired can be empowering? Both to you and to the person doing the firing?

Here’s how you can make the most out of getting fired.

6 Quick Website Wins You Can Achieve Right Now!

Can I be real a second? Most of what you have been advised to do with your website is wrong. So, just for a minute, stop focusing on marketing.  Stop focusing on design.  Stop wasting your time on social media/SEO/WordPress/etc technology questions. And instead focus...

Are You Being Charged More Because You Are a Non-Profit?

"Are you a non-profit organization?"A question on my website cost calculator.  Fact: Organizations with multiple stakeholders require more time/energy/money/etc to build consensus compared to their single-person small business counterparts. Groups of People Take...

Learn Local SEO Deeply!

There are 2 types of people who build websites: Craftspersons who care about how a website looks & feels. Businesspersons who want a website to deliver results!  I'm a businessperson. What Do You Mean By Results? Results = sales. Sales = results. How Do Websites...

How I’m Improving My Work

I'm on a 3+ year journey to make my working life a great fit for my life! Here are some things I'm actively doing to make my work better I'm doing more in-person meetings. I'm doing more walk-and-talk meetings. I'm taking meetings on my cellphone while walking around...

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 my...