How to build your dream business even when you’re short on time

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I don’t know about you, but I was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. I can’t shake it. I think I got it from my dad. He’s always talking about his next big idea and how it’s going to change the world. And I find myself doing the same thing: turning every stubbed toe or broken stick into a problem that needs to be solved by a company I could start. And even though I have another full-time job currently, I

Why you don’t actually need money to start a business

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I work with a lot of budding entrepreneurs. I coach some, I interact with thousands here at the blog, and I connect with many of you on our GDB insiders Facebook page (join us, it’s a great community). And I hear lots of reasons why you have decided now is not the right time to start a business. So, over the course of the next six weeks, I will publish a series of posts featuring popular reasons you haven’t started

What to do when new competitors threaten your design business

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Has this ever happened to you? You’re working hard, getting all you can out of your design business. Your clients are happy, you’ve got steady work, and the cash-flow is solid. Then, suddenly, from seemingly out of nowhere, a new competitor shows up. All of a sudden, it seems like their advertising is everywhere. Everyone’s talking about them. Everyone is checking out their work, trying to gauge if they’re a good business partner. They’re hustling. And you can tell. So

Let’s talk about business…like humans

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We’re human. And we work in business. But for some crazy reason, when we enter a board-room, a client meeting, or some other suit-and-tie affair, we feel like we have to start speaking a strange new language. Imagine a web marketing consultant reviewed your website, came to you and said: “The convergence of customer loyalty and new visitor conversion demonstrates the immediate need to increase lead generation capabilities on the landing page.” Blah. What are you trying to say? Just

Two facts that prove you should start freelancing now!

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Ok, I’m calling you out. Why aren’t you freelancing? You know you want to start freelancing, you know you’re talented. So what’s stopping you from freelancing full-time or, at a minimum, on the side of your full-time job? Today, I wanted to share with you two fascinating facts I recently stumbled onto in regards to freelancers and their cubicle counterparts: I discovered them in the book (that I can’t put down) Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port.* 1. Freelancers make more

Five unbelievable business lessons I learned from my (new) barber

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Yesterday, my wife, two kids and I got our family pictures taken. And, of course, I filled my life with all sorts of things that kept me from getting my hair cut until the very day of the photos: a huge risk. So, since this was no ordinary haircut (after all, this haircut will live eternally in our family photos), I decided to skip the usual $8 haircut salon I go to and find a nice barbershop. Now, I don’t

The income-boosting question freelancers forget to ask

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With the end of the year coming up, we’re all trying to find ways to boost income, hit our 2013 financial goals, and maybe find a little Holiday bonus for ourselves. But boosting your freelance income could be as simple as one question you may not be asking yourself. This question is something you can ask at any moment. It will completely change the trajectory of your freelance business. And, even though you should have asked this question before you

10 mind-shifts you MUST have today to be a successful and happy freelancer

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Stop beating yourself up over little things. Realize that you’re good enough. And acknowledge that your work is worth paying for. These are just a few of the key mind-shifts you’ll need to have if you’re truly going to thrive as a freelancer. Below, you’ll find ten mind-shifts you must have (about your clients, about your work, about your rates, and about your business) if you truly want to be successful. If I’ve left anything out, please let me know