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  1. To add a little bit to this, this is one reason I...

    To add a little bit to this, this is one reason I make my website very comprehensive, and very "me". There's no way you can read my site and not come away with a sense of me and my work - it's well...
  2. This is usually a simple conversation these days:...

    This is usually a simple conversation these days:

    Customer: But firm ABC offered me a lower price.
    Me: Then hire them.
    Customer: But I want YOU.
    Me: Then pay MY rate.
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    They generally need upkeep. The site is built,...

    They generally need upkeep. The site is built, live, etc. They need maintenance, adding SEO pages I write, adding PDF catalogs, etc. Very low maintenance client, successful 40+ year business, etc....
  4. I do this as well. And like you, I try and...

    I do this as well. And like you, I try and pre-qualify.

    In the end, these days I view myself more of a consultant / partner than a simple writer for hire. If I don't think it'll work, I have no...
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    Any Joomla people here

    Been charged to find a Joomla person for some maintenance to an existing site. Good client, pays, low maintenance, etc.

    E-mail me at dan @ clear-writing.com (don't use the spaces, obviously....
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    And here I was hoping there was a real business...

    And here I was hoping there was a real business named "Sofa King", just so they could have a non-wacky-morning-DJ-manufactured commercial saying their stuff is "Sofa King Good"
  7. heh heh - yea, they are related "I have an...

    heh heh - yea, they are related

    "I have an idea - it's just like Facebook, except for extreme sports."

    ETA - love your website.
  8. Something that always makes me laugh (marketing related)

    You service providers (web designers, graphics, fellow writers) have all heard this a million times:

    Me: The price for your writing (website, graphics, etc) is XYZ.

    Them: Oh... I'm a startup. I...
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    and that's all you really need :)

    and that's all you really need :)
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    You're going about it / measuring it wrong....

    You're going about it / measuring it wrong. People don't really come to Facebook to click through to a website and buy things.
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    There really is no set thing. Basically, you have...

    There really is no set thing. Basically, you have to get into the mind of your target client and make them say "yes, this is what I was looking for" when they come to your site / read your brochure,...
  12. Everyone already said this, but ROI is very...

    Everyone already said this, but ROI is very subjective to circumstance. I pay my adwords bill even if that month's clicks don't add up (although they almost always do)

    But once I get a client, I...
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    I love these "race to the bottom" suggestions. ...

    I love these "race to the bottom" suggestions.

    For people who use fivr or want freelancers to Thunderdome-it on 99 designs... I truly, truly hope you offer your OWN services that way.
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    I personally dislike those one-page sites. It...

    I personally dislike those one-page sites. It seemed to be a big booming fad for a short while, but it's subsiding now. In most cases, they are terrible for business.

    The reason is simple - one...
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    Yea, I agree with this. It's one reason this...

    Yea, I agree with this. It's one reason this professional writer doesn't do resumes professionally.
  16. Dealing with college kids asking questions is...

    Dealing with college kids asking questions is probably #1 :)

    Ok, seriously - I would say marketing. Because it's not an exact science. Taxes / paperwork, while tedious, can largely be handled by...
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    Indeed - I think getting employees a gift / some...

    Indeed - I think getting employees a gift / some kind of bonus is almost mandatory.

    I'm kind of talking about the corporate gift. Things like candy, gift baskets, a pen and pencil set, etc etc. ...
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    How Do You Feel About Business Xmas Gifts?

    I'm really not a fan. Not at my level anyway. If I was doing 250k+ a year, I would probably consider it for some clients.

    In a twist, I get gifts from certain clients. They feel I'm a...
  19. Toastmasters. Find one in your area (they're...

    Toastmasters.

    Find one in your area (they're there). Attend a meeting. Then join.
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    The problem is the business is *you*. That's...

    The problem is the business is *you*.

    That's it.

    It's not a business with a storefront / location. It's a phone number and a website and a sign on a truck. The only real difference between...
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    To answer Harold's original question, I get rid...

    To answer Harold's original question, I get rid of people like that. They are more trouble than their income is worth.
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    Yup. In fact, once the client starts dictating...

    Yup. In fact, once the client starts dictating rate or schedule, that enters a very grey area.
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    Seconded here. I use WP engine, and while it's a...

    Seconded here. I use WP engine, and while it's a lot more expensive than the cheapies, that "a lot" is relative - it's still a dirt cheap monthly expense for something so important.

    My conversion...
  24. Nothing like a new car!!

    Nothing like a new car!!
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    Credit cards work well.

    Credit cards work well.
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