• How to become a freelancer with little to no experience
    Content & Inbound Marketing

    How to Become a Freelancer with No Experience

    I’ve heard many times that as soon as you start getting paid for you work, you’ve officially “made it.” That once you have your first client, everything will fall into place and get easier. While both those statements are true, they don’t do anything to help encourage new freelancers to begin their careers. Almost every freelancer starts off with zero experience and no clients. Everyone has to start from scratch and although it can be challenging and frustrating, it can be done. Here are three tips to becoming a freelancer with no experience: Build a Portfolio of Personal Work Prospective clients want to see your work in action. If you’re…

  • Sales

    You Want to Buy It?

    Over and over, I hear of salespeople getting frustrated. Discouraged that they cannot hit their sales goals. Frustrated that they cannot get a new client to commit. Anxious about the lack of monthly revenue. Yet over and over, I don’t hear them asking the question that changes it all. Freelancers, cupcake shops, consultants, coaches, headband makers, or photographers – to generate revenue and make a difference in your business, you must be willing to close the deal. You have to take the risk, take action, be uncomfortable. You must ask the question: “Do you want to buy it?” – Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash

  • Operating with strategy takes intent and determination
    Marketing Strategy

    2018 Is The Year of Strategy

    Last year, the goal of my agency was to speak with 100 entrepreneurs and business owners. The industries ranged from health and fitness to specialty foods; real estate to solid waste; and wedding planning to personalized calligraphy. And two food trucks! More than 500 hours was spent in one-on-one conversation with people passionate about their business. Each of these individuals expressed one unified frustration: what do I do next? They all had an idea of where they wanted to go, but lacked the vision to see what step to take next. They imagined their business expanding, hiring employees, utilizing social media better to capture new customers, improving their brand awareness,…

  • Leadership,  Pursuing Your Passion

    Work Worth Doing

    Passion and good intent are funny things. When we get an idea for something, we pursue it with great fervor. We think of the grandness of our vision and how it will change the lives of those around us and those who use it. We think about our future with this new idea in place. Not long after the inspiration strikes, we start to get less passionate about our work. Procrastination sets in. The vision board gets pushed aside. The goals, mission, and value statements find themselves in a dark drawer. The outline of the book gets buried in Evernote. The passion fades. But the idea did not get worse.…

  • Leadership

    Books I Read in 2017

    [et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section” _builder_version=”3.0.47″][et_pb_row admin_label=”row” _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.0.47″ parallax=”off” parallax_method=”on”][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” _builder_version=”3.0.47″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat”] As a child, I devoured reading material. My mom toted me to the library at least twice a week for the quota of age-appropriate books. I excelled at reading speed and comprehension. Between books, I would read the daily newspaper while I ate breakfast. I read. A lot. But that happy habit faded as I aged. Late this year (October, if we are being honest), I decided I wanted to get back into purposeful reading. My business partner and I agreed to read each day and followed a reading schedule that would…

  • Freelancing

    Is It Hustle? Or something else?

    Staying up late on a Sunday night working on a project. Is that hustle? Working 16 hours a day on a new idea. Is that hustle? Foregoing social outings in lieu of shipping your product. Is that hustle? “Hustle” has become the drug of choice for many entrepreneurs. A glorification of doing what no one else will to see success that no one else will experience. What is it exactly? Hard work? Taking action? An attitude? Getting out of bed an hour earlier? Is it working faster? Is it applying yourself? Is it something to covet and celebrate? Working hard has never gone out of style — and I am not suggesting…

  • Content & Inbound Marketing

    Honing Your Brand Voice

    It may seem funny to think of your brand having a “voice.” But the language- the words, terms, phrases- you use in professional communication says a lot about your brand. Those intentional choices provide a consistent feel for your customers. Does your doula service say moms, mothers, or mommas? Do you have clients or customers? Do you have employees, partners, team members? Do you sign your correspondence Sincerely, Respectfully, All the best, xo? Do you provide photography services or capture meaningful moments? While these examples may seem subtle; our goal is a consistent “voice” for your brand. Think back in high school civics when we had to draft resumes. They all started with some…

  • Sales

    3 Scripts: Asking Clients for Referrals

    You can spend hours Googling the best tips, tricks and best practices for asking clients for referrals, but one thing is missing from all those articles – the actual words that are supposed to come out of your mouth. We’ve all been in that situation, whether professional or personal, where we spend hours researching how to do something, but when it comes to go-time, we just can’t find the right words to say. Or, we never really knew what to say in the first place. That’s especially true for asking clients for referrals. Many of us are shy or feel too pushy when we essentially have to ask current clients…