SPECIALIZE... THEN DIVERSIFY!

Written by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta


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And because ofrepparttar e-book and its companion newsletter, another idea grew: not everyone's interested in getting their hands dirty in creating and writing their own e-mail workshops or eCourses so why not offer a custom e-mail workshop creation and writing service? It's still up my alley, and it is my expertise.

I'm experiencing diversity in my specialization: I start with my specialized field (e-mail workshops) then diversify within that field (developing and conducting e-mail workshops for my own use, writing an e-book about it, publishing an e-zine that's devoted onrepparttar 117596 topic, offering an e-mail workshop creation service).

If you look around at allrepparttar 117597 thingsrepparttar 117598 others are doing onrepparttar 117599 Internet right now, they're also doingrepparttar 117600 same thing: they're diversifying in their own specializations.

It's an oxymoron, really, but if you often have those snowball moments, you understand what I mean.

So... what's your snowball moment?



Shery helps you create profitable e-mail workshops, eCourses and tutorials. Her e-book provides a blueprint on how you can set up e-mail courses and increase your subscribers from 0 to 200+ in 48 hours! Visit http://EmailWorkshopsHowTo.com


Want to Make More Money? Fish in a Bigger Pond!

Written by Kimberly Stevens


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Now,repparttar current clients arerepparttar 117595 ones you are likely most afraid of. What will they say? Will they never want to work with you again? The best time to raise prices is atrepparttar 117596 beginning ofrepparttar 117597 year, either calendar or fiscal, or atrepparttar 117598 beginning of a new contract with an existing client. Never try to negotiate a price increase inrepparttar 117599 middle of a project. If a project is taking significantly more hours than you quoted for a reason out of your control or itís directly withinrepparttar 117600 client's control, you can consider discussing it with them. However, if you want to be sure to maintain positive client relationships, you may choose to learn your lesson from this one and protect yourself with a contract that outlines contingencies such as that going forward. But, in most cases, never try to increase your hourly rate on a client inrepparttar 117601 middle of a project. This sends a message that will likely get yourepparttar 117602 response you most fear - that you are a money-hungry so-and-so who only cares about him or her self.

Instead, wait until a natural beginning, ending, or transition period to communicate your price increase. One way to do it is to send your client a beginning ofrepparttar 117603 year letter that expresses your appreciation of their business inrepparttar 117604 prior year, outlines any policy changes you've made forrepparttar 117605 coming year, communicates your price increase, and states your anticipated pleasure of working with them inrepparttar 117606 coming year. If you are raising prices atrepparttar 117607 end of one project and are about to bid on another project withrepparttar 117608 same client, during your discussions tell them you have raised your hourly or project rate and hope they still find it to be competitive and will continue to work with you since you've really enjoyed collaborating with them.

Notice you did not hear me guarantee you will keep every single one of your current clients. Like you, your clients make purchasing decisions based on a variety of factors, each person weighing each ofrepparttar 117609 factors differently. If you've beenrepparttar 117610 lowest price available in your field, you've no doubt attracted clients who make decisions based mainly on price. Increasing your price so you are no longer "the low-price guy", may send them packing. So be it. Once you raise your prices to a respectable rate you can profit from, thatís competitive and fair, you will begin to attract clients who will pay it. It's all about positioning. You can position your company asrepparttar 117611 low-price guy,repparttar 117612 top-of-the-line guy, orrepparttar 117613 value guy (middle ofrepparttar 117614 road price with a quality service).

The lesson here ... itís your business and your revenues are what you make them.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Kimberly Stevens is a business coach who works with business owners who want it all Ė a joyful personal life and a meaningful and profitable business. Her web site http://www.askthebizcoach.com offers weekly TeleTalks on business topics, a discussion board, business assessments tools, and an ezine addressing business challenges from a more personal angle.

Kimberly Stevens is a business coach who works with business owners who want it all Ė a joyful personal life and a meaningful and profitable business. Her web site http://www.askthebizcoach.com offers weekly TeleTalks on business topics, a discussion board, business assessments tools, and an ezine addressing business challenges from a more personal angle.


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