The "Rock Your Business" Chronicles

  • Mid-lining: Why Shooting for “OK” Gives You Incredible Results

    Sep 24, 2008

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    Pop Quiz:  How “good at stuff” do you have to be to double any metric in your business (sales, traffic, etc) that you currently suck at?

    A) A Whole Lot Better
    B) Only A Little Bit Better

    If you answered “A,” you failed. Print this article, keep it on …

  • Rock Your Business Tip #2: How To Get Magnetic People To Notice You

    Sep 3, 2008

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    (Yes, I know it’s been a week without a post, but the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina were calling me out for an early Labor Day Weekend.  Good times.)

    Last Wednesday we talked about the importance of having “Magnets” as business contacts so that you would be …

  • Rock Your Business Tip #1: Choose Magnetic Contacts

    Aug 27, 2008

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    (Please read this the whole way through before you comment so you don’t think I’m telling you to ditch your friends.)

    How’s your business growing?  If it’s expanding by leaps and bounds, then “good on ya,” as Michael Martine is fond of saying.  If it isn’t – …

  • Wednesday is “Rock Your Business” Day – So What’cha Want?

    Aug 20, 2008

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    “What’cha, What’cha, What’cha want?” – The Beastie Boys

    As I’ve discovered that the vast majority of my readers are freelancers and entrepreneurs, I’m tossing a business section into the mix …

  • Freelance Smackdown – Did It Blend?

    Mar 14, 2008

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    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. Now it’s time to …

  • Freelance Smackdown: Week 3 Update (”Once More, With Feeling”)

    Mar 6, 2008

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    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:

    How To Guarantee Your Blog Post Doesn’t Get Noticed
    The Last 7 Days of Freelance Smackdown Activity
    What’s Coming Up For The Next 7 Days
    The Scary Lesson I Learned This Week
    What’s The Scariest Lesson You’ve Learned As A Freelancer?
    How To Increase Your Blog Stats And Get Backlinks

    How To Guarantee Your Blog Post Doesn’t Get Noticed
    I’m posting on Thursday today, because last week I made the not-too-wise decision to post on Friday night at 9pm (which alone was bone-headed), and as Feedburner doesn’t email out notifications for my blog until 8:45pm or so, it didn’t get sent out until the next day. So not much comment love. :-( Now I know why I keep getting Naomi’s updates so damned late. Lesson learned, though – so let’s get this edition kicked out by end of lunchtime.

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

    Feb 29, 2008

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    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.

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

    Feb 22, 2008

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    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

    Feb 20, 2008

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    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)

    Feb 19, 2008

    36 comments

    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.