Dear New Entrepreneur…A Letter to My Younger Self

It was July 2011 when I handed HR my two-week notice. I still have this simple letter, modeled after a template I found online when I googled “professional resignation.” I put no more effort into creating this life-changing document than I had put into what was supposed to be my “dream job” for the past … Continue reading Dear New Entrepreneur…A Letter to My Younger Self

Contractors and Freelancers: Tips for Crafting a Fair and Appealing Proposal

When you take the entrepreneurial leap and venture out on your own as a contractor or freelancer, one of the biggest challenges is creating a competitive and consistent pricing model you can stick to. It’s a real test of self-confidence to put a rate on your hours and truly believe you are worth this much. … Continue reading Contractors and Freelancers: Tips for Crafting a Fair and Appealing Proposal

How to Professionally Fire a Client

In an ideal world, we would all become best friends with our clients and enjoy the work we do for them so much that we would wonder why we’re actually being paid. But in reality, some clients push us to the point of resolving that no amount of cash is enough to offset the stress … Continue reading How to Professionally Fire a Client

Why It’s Cheaper to Hire a Professional

It’s our nature to bargain shop. Why pay full price when we can score a discount, right? I don’t disagree with this mentality when it comes to shoes, handbags or grocery bills. However, there are certain instances when choosing the rock bottom price can really cost you. There will be various times in your life … Continue reading Why It’s Cheaper to Hire a Professional

Moving Beyond the Time Sheet: Making Efficiency Part of Your Pricing

Several months ago I wrote about how to be smart and fair when pricing your services. This is a critical area for any business and also one which can be the most challenging. It’s hard to put a price on passion. We risk either under valuing our services or becoming too-consumed with our work and … Continue reading Moving Beyond the Time Sheet: Making Efficiency Part of Your Pricing

The Best Work Comes From Complete Creative Freedom

Entrepreneurs, freelancers and contractors need to maintain some sense of creative freedom to do their job well. In fact, I feel confident enough to expand this statement to apply to every career field out there. Creativity is the lifeblood for employees at all levels. It’s what allows us to enjoy our job, maintain a feeling … Continue reading The Best Work Comes From Complete Creative Freedom