My Project Broker Experience

Written by Paul Bednar

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2. Don't be fooled byrepparttar advertising hype touting thousands of available projects. If 95% ofrepparttar 117457 projects listed are not in your area of expertise or industry, that sure doesn't help you get a client.

3. You may not get any clients. During my year's time, only one project somewhat fit my skills and experience. I had to partner with another consultant in order to meetrepparttar 117458 project's requirements. Together, we submitted a proposal but didn't getrepparttar 117459 project.

4. For each project, you compete against a group of people that provide similar services. This competition further reducesrepparttar 117460 probability you'll getrepparttar 117461 project. However, if you get clients through people you know or through a friend-of-a-friend,repparttar 117462 competition doesn't exist.

5. It can take a long time to get a project. The person I partnered with on my lone proposal said it took him 3 years to get a project through this company. While his project more than made up forrepparttar 117463 cost he incurred up to that point, he was strongly considering not renewing his account.

6. Some ofrepparttar 117464 projects submitted are only ploys to testrepparttar 117465 marketplace for a particular kind of service. Others are a means to satisfy a company's policy that requires "competition" for each project. The reality is a free agent was selected beforerepparttar 117466 "competition" search began. However, this should not deter you from submitting proposals. You never know if you'll get a project unless you submit a proposal.

Here are some thoughts to consider when evaluatingrepparttar 117467 various project broker services:

1. Are there a sufficient number of projects listed in your industry that match your skills and experience? If a large portion ofrepparttar 117468 projects involve unfamiliar industries, be cautious.

2. Can you get your money back if you are not completely satisfied within 30 days?

3. Is there a clause that you get your money back if you don't get a project withinrepparttar 117469 first year? This way you can't lose. The worst that happens isrepparttar 117470 company uses your money free for one year.

4. Doesrepparttar 117471 company or service perform marketing inrepparttar 117472 offline world? Just because you are in cyberspace doesn't mean your potential clients reside there too. Exposure inrepparttar 117473 real world through press releases, magazine ads in appropriate industry publications and trade journals are a good indicationrepparttar 117474 company is gettingrepparttar 117475 word out.

If you are a new free agent or if you haven't had many clients, it is best to spend your time strengthening your local relationships. These contacts are an excellent means to get your first few clients. Consider joining these services when you become more experienced, have an adequate client list, and can affordrepparttar 117476 risk.

Paul Bednar helps people cut the corporate chains and become a free agent or consultant. His web site has informative articles, answers to common questions, and lessons learned. Subscribe to the free newsletter by visiting the web site at or by sending email to

You Don't Need Your Own Product

Written by Alice Seba

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You will make commission fromrepparttar affiliate programs, but don't simply paste banners on your site - you need to include these products (whether it be cameras, software, courses, books, magazine subscriptions etc.) inrepparttar 117456 context of your site. Do editorials onrepparttar 117457 various products and services - that way people will already be interested inrepparttar 117458 product before they click onrepparttar 117459 links.

Yes, you will likely spend some money promoting your site, but you can certainly do it on a budget. There are numerous free ways to promote your site. Just think ofrepparttar 117460 money you save in gas, postage, paper and time by having an online business. The time alone is worth it!

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