The "February, 2008" Archives

  • Freelance Smackdown: Day 14 Update (With “Secret”-Busting Goodness)

    For those just joining us, I called out Christine O’Kelly to put her Freelancing Guide to the test for 30 days and build a $1000-$2000 per month part time revenue stream. These are the continuing adventures …
    Today’s post is going to cover:

    The Last 7 Days of Freelance Smackdown Activity
    What’s Coming Up For The Next 14 Days
    The Magic of Working For Less Than You Want
    How To Use The Magic For Fun And Profit
    What To Do When You’re Starting From Scratch

    The Last 7 Days of Freelance Smackdown Activity
    ‘Tis Friday once more, and I’m closing in on the end of Freelance Smackdown: Week Two. Numbers are a little skewed because I didn’t actually do much freelance writing (less than $100 incoming cash this week). But the good news – I locked in about $1,500 worth of writing assignments to be spread out over the next 45 days.

  • Interview With Blog Consultant Michael Martine

    Michael Martine is a leading blog consultant and coach who offers his services and blogs about business blogging over at Remarkablogger.com. He has been involved in web design since the mid 90s and blogging since 2000.

    Dave: Michael, why do you love what you do?

    Michael: The web is the most personally empowering and sweeping change we’ve ever seen in our lives. I am thrilled by it and passionate about it. In the face of all criticism to the contrary, it has brought us closer together and expanded our opportunities to earn a good living or do amazing things that have a real impact on the world. To earn a living by helping others make this happen for themselves is nothing short of life-changing for me. I love being a part of it and helping others enable and empower themselves through the web.

    Dave: What is one of the major turning points / “A-ha moments” that paved the way towards greater success for you?

  • Freelance Smackdown: Day 7 Update (Now Codeine Free!)

    For those just joining us, I called out Christine O’Kelly to put her Freelancing Guide to the test for 30 days and build a $1000-$2000 part time revenue stream. These are the continuing adventures …
    Dave
    Today’s post is going to cover:

    The last 48 (or so) Hours of Freelance Smackdown Activity
    Second Thoughts and Refining My Ideas
    They May Take My Rates, But They’ll Never Take My Freedom
    I Still (Want To) Know What You Did Last Summer (For Pay)
    Good Things Come To Those Who Expect Them
    We’re No One Without Someone Else

    The Last 48 (Or So) Hours of Freelance Smackdown Activity
    ‘Tis Friday, and I’m closing in on the end of Freelance Smackdown: Week One. Total bank for part time freelancing since I read the eBook is $505, though to be technical, only $140 of that was after the call-out. But I’ll count the whole $505 since it’s all post-eBook freelance earnings.

    I started to put out the word via email to a few SEO shops that I am available for writing services, along with my rates, but I’m backing off on that strategy. Not because it’s a bad strategy (it’s actually a great one), but because of some bigger picture concerns I’ll go into below.

  • Freelance Smackdown: Expanding Services, Part Deux

    For those just joining us, I called out Christine O’Kelly to put her Freelancing eBook to the test for 30 days and build a $1000-$2000 part time revenue stream. These are the continuing adventures …
    Dave
    Today’s post is going to cover:

    The last 24 hours of Freelance Smackdown Activity
    How I’m (Really) Expanding My Services
    How I’m Really, Really Expanding My Services
    A Big Thank You To Everbody

    The Last 24 Hours of Freelance Smackdown Activity
    First off: On Tuesday, this blog exploded as far as traffic goes. Thanks to you Stumblers and all who backlinked. And thank you for all comments here and on Christine’s blog. Tuesday was a day of work, where I finished up the billable goodness that had come my way in the evening after my day job. I was actually in the good position of having to turn down a piece of work this week.

  • Freelance Smackdown: Expanding Services (I’m Doing It, You Should Too)

    For those just joining us, I called out Christine O’Kelly to put her Freelancing eBook to the test for 30 days and build a $1000-$2000 part time revenue stream. These are the continuing adventures …
    If You Scan Blog Headers, This Is For You
    Today’s post is going to cover:

    The last 24 hours of Freelance Smackdown Activity
    How I’m Expanding My Services
    How You Can Easily Do It, Too

    The Last 24 Hours of Freelance Smackdown Activity
    Monday wasn’t too productive a day for me as I was feeling a resurgence of bronchitis (walking through freezing rain in DC last week didn’t help). Tried to sleep in as much as possible so I could go all out in the evening. Last night I was successful in booking some extra freelance writing work but didn’t actually do anything billable (head was pretty fuzzy so I didn’t want to write), so I worked on my game plan for the next seven days.

  • How I Boosted My Confidence In 5 Minutes And Made Over $5000

    As I’m pushing through the Christine O’Kelly Freelancing Showdown, I’m kicking myself for not taking advantage of ways to make money that I could have been using for the last 12 months. (Damn you, page 3!). But no more. I realize now that I’ve fallen under the seductive magic of the “Scary A-Lister Syndrome.”
    If you’ve never heard of this malady, it boils down to this – you don’t consider yourself expert in an area because there are so many people more experty than you are. This usually happens because you dabble in a skill that other people devote their full attention to. So on a scale of 1 to 10 those “A-listers” are 10s in their field while you clock in at about a 5.

  • Christine O’Kelly Is Officially On Notice

    The word is out on FreelanceFolder that I’ve put Christine O’Kelly on notice for giving me the freelancing bug.

    No sooner did I plunder through her eBook to find ways to sell more of my coaching programs than I had a whole bunch of freelance copywriting come my way. Coincidence? Magic? Hell no, I just did what she said on page 17. I just didn’t expect it to get me all the work I could handle for 2 weeks straight.

    Now, if you know me well, you’ll know that the only thing tastier to me than helping myself to a nice tall pint of Guinness is helping myself to a stream of cash that I’ve been leaving on the table without even knowing it. But the taste of freelancing lucre has made me hungry for more, but not necessarily at the “get my feet wet” rates I’ve been using these last two weeks.

  • Interview With Harrison McLeod – “The Pen Is Mightier!”

    (500 Internet Points for whoever caught the Sean Connery reference in the title.)

    A few weeks ago I put in interview requests with James Chartrand and Harry McLeod of Web Content Writer Tips and they were kind enough to clue me in to some of their advice for business …

  • 8 Business Stats You Should Double In 2008

    As I mentioned yesterday in How to Double Your Sales (Over and Over Again), an easy way to improve your overall sales is to find a bottleneck – an area of your business where you’re not very efficient or effective …

  • How To Double Your Sales (Over And Over Again)

    The Holy Grail of any business is to double profit without directly increasing costs anywhere near as much. That’s leverage plain and simple – using small adjustments in strategy to gain large results. This article is the first in a year-long series that will revolve around ways to take what you’re already doing and tweak it to get double the results. Let’s get started.