Becoming the personal choice

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I work on different writing and editing projects, and I pick up information that I can apply to my professional and personal life. I recently learned about building your business by becoming your client’s personal choice. If they think of you as the person who solves their problems, whether or not those problems are directly related to what product or service you provide, they will think of you first when they need something. The added benefit is that they will think of you first when someone else with that same need asks them to recommend a product or service provider.

Of course, becoming that client’s personal choice is not simple. It involves being truly involved in helping that client succeed, and selflessly (and repeatedly) providing solutions to their issues. It is time-consuming, and you should choose the right clients to be their personal choice in the long run. Offer help without trying to sell your product or service. Be genuine in helping the client, and they will remember you down the road.

This advice relates to something else I read about building your social credo. Become the resource in your particular field for others, and they will be drawn to you as an expert in your field. Social networking is a great way to build your social credo. By working on your online presence through blogging, tweeting, networking, etc., you will add to your social credo. You can build your value by enriching others with your knowledge and experience.

Giving to others and helping others to succeed will contribute to your own success. I always try to recommend people I know if I cannot help a potential client myself, or if someone asks me for help. I am a resource to clients and colleagues, and they are a resource to me.

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Using headlines to grab the reader’s attention

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Headlines are powerful tools, as they can pull people into reading your email, article, book, website, newsletter, etc. If you can get the reader to move past the headline, you’ve achieved one of your key goals – getting your message out to your audience. Many people ignore this important point, particularly in emails, which is why many emails get ignored.

Consider the following ideas for adding more power to your headline:

  1. Speak to your audience.
    Attention, all aspiring freelance writers!
  2. Promise a benefit (not a feature).
    Bring in one new client per week by doing this!
  3. Ask an intriguing question.
    What is the #1 way to land corporate clients?
  4. Create a “how to” headline.
    How to turn an article into an e-book.
  5. Make it easy.
    Learn to write powerful emails in 5 easy steps.
  6. Give reasons.
    Four reasons why you should hire an editor.
  7. Quiz your readers.
    Are you ready to publish your website?
  8. Use I or me in your headline.
    How I discovered to make a real living from home.
  9. Use a quote or testimonial.
    “Your service helped me to increase my business by 25%!”
  10. Focus on the positive.
    Increase your efficiency and spend more time on yourself!

Write your headline last, as you will have a better idea of what to write once you’ve completed your message. And if your headline does not stand out or seems too generic, rewrite it.

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David Gargaro

The nine principles of business success for freelance writers

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I was organizing some notes from past seminars and came across a presentation called “Principles of Business Success” by Rosanne Carcasole. These nine principles can apply to freelance writers as well.

  1. Find your higher purpose: Determine your passion, how you will impact your clients.
  2. Wear your visionary hat: Look into your business future, determine your level of success.
  3. Wear your systems hat: Create systems to make work more efficient, delegate, use your talent to get business.
  4. Show up as a leader: Be proactive, be authentic.
  5. Create a marketing plan: Know your ideal clients, know their problems, know what you do, determine your opportunities, identify your uniqueness, plan to address the market.
  6. Maintain your #1 asset – you: Find time to do what you enjoy, rejuvenate so that you can maintain your business.
  7. Feed your good dog: Focus on the positive, find upsides, avoid negatives.
  8. Rocks first (based on the story of rocks, pebbles, and sand in a vase): Do the most important things first (rocks), then do what matters next (pebbles), and then do everything else (sand).
  9. Change takes structure and support: This is the last step after examining the other eight elements.

Understanding and applying these principles can be very helpful in moving your business forward. However, what I gathered, and what I recall from the presentation, is that you will achieve more by focusing on one small goal or task at a time, and completing that goal or task, so that you can see immediate, positive results. A number of small steps will take you farther than you can imagine.

What are your principles for business success? Let me know – contact @ davidgargaro.com.

David

Time for a change?

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I’ve read several articles about making changes in one’s business and life, and it led me to an interesting thought. When do you determine that it is time to change something in your business? When do you decide that you need to do something differently? Some may argue that you should change something every day, at least a little bit, so that you can constantly improve. I can see what they are saying. Making small changes every day can lead to great improvements in your business.

But what about making a significant change? When is it time to overhaul your website, change your business plan, pursue completely different customers, or move to a new location? There is no simple answer. Perhaps the time to change is when you feel that what you are doing right now is not helping you to achieve your current goals. The time to change might be when you determine that what you are doing no longer works for you.

Maybe the time to change is when you begin to feel dissatisfied with your current situation. There is an expression: Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. If you feel that you need to do something differently, then do something. Minor changes are better than none – especially when you feel overwhelmed by how large the change feels. By taking one small step, you can then take another small step… until finally you’ve travelled quite far.

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