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Business Proposals

I have my first business proposal sometime next week. I’m meeting with someone who is a potential client AND a potential investor to describe my idea, the research I have already done into it, and to get buy-in from them. I’m actually not trying to get any money from them at this point, but I’m […]

A Lesson in Marketing

I learned something new today about marketing. May be simple to others who have worked in this area for a while, but it was new to me. When trying to sell a product or service, your selling line should not be “This product will save you money” or something of the like. You open yourself […]

Customer Satisfaction

I have a satisfied customer. That’s not unusual, or even noteworthy, for most businesses. However, how I got a satisfied customer is worthy of a post. I had been writing a bunch of scripts for this client over the course of the last 9 months. There have been ups and downs during the work, and […]

My Guarantee

I had a discussion this week with one of my client’s regarding the quality of my work. The client liked the guarantee I put on my work, and is now one of my advocates. He has already sent me business, which I would not have been able to get without him. That client, as well, […]

Client Relations

I had an interesting set of interactions with one of my clients over the past couple of days. I had written a program to do some data analysis against a set of standards, which they provided. The client (or more precisely, one of the client’s employees) sent me the data I needed, I sent back […]

Cover Letters

When applying to work at a company, take care to write your cover letter carefully. This is not the time to demonstrate your eloquence, it is the time to get them to give you a call. Unless, of course, you are applying for a position as a writer, in which case my statement makes no […]

Task Management

As a consultant with several clients, it is of utmost importance that each of my clients feels that he or she is getting the top treatment from me. I rely heavily on recommendations from my clients to fuel my business, and this in turn requires that I treat my clients well. Part of this is […]

Networking and Following Up

I have, as mentioned in an earlier post, recently attended a networking event. I met with a few dozen people, and a few have tried to follow up with me, but most have not. Personally, however, I have not followed up with very many, and of the few who did try to follow up with […]