Monthly Archives: April 2008

Improving As You Go

For the first seven years I was in business, I dutifully filed away my bills and receipts by type: Electric, phone, bank statements, etc…  I put them all into their proper folders each month.  At the end of each year, after filing my taxes, I’d dump everything into a box, label it with the year, and store it in my attic. At the start of this year it dawned on me that I never seemed to need any of those […] Click to read more…

 

Almost Famous

My son Evan is famous. Here’s what happened… About a month ago, Evan and three of his 15-year-old friends got together on a Saturday afternoon and decided to make a movie. Using a digital video camera and thankfully not my basement, they spent most of the weekend making a 55 second epic. That Sunday evening around 7pm (prime time for high school freshman computer users), they posted it on Evan’s Facebook page. Within minutes, they had several comments, and, according […] Click to read more…

 

Much More Than Just A Job

I got to my office just now and found a small box sitting outside my door.  Turns out it was a gift, sent to me by a client in England (I’m in Boston) whose newsletter I had just finished working on. Wow, that really made my day. Many people who go off on their own to start a business (myself included) have no idea that this kind of thing even exists; that people who hire you can be so happy […] Click to read more…

 

Fastest Check In The West

The generally accepted turnaround time for invoice payment on professional services is 30 days.  Some clients take a little longer, very (very) few pay more quickly, and the majority are right on the money at 30 days. Not me; I’m a super-fast payer.  Not for people like the phone company or gas company, but to another professional — particularly if it’s a solo person — I pay the minute I get the invoice. Why?  Because it’s a nice gesture that […] Click to read more…

 

Gather Your Team

For a long time, when people asked, I always said that I work alone. I like the flexibility and freedom that selling, creating and delivering a service all by myself gives me. Recently, I’ve come to realize that what I’ve been saying isn’t exactly true.  Because while I have no employees or even colleagues with whom I partner, I do have a team of people supporting me who keep the business running. These people allow me to focus more on […] Click to read more…