Communication

How to write a blog series (Part 1)

Last year, I wrote my very first blog series. I was looking to stretch myself and grow a little bit in what I’d been doing, and I thought a series would help me out in that. Not only did I have a solid run during the series, but I picked up a few tips along…

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2012 Tales: Making my own noose.

This is the last post of my 2012 Tales series, and it’s a doozy. If you haven’t read any of the others, be sure to check out all posts on 2012 Tales. Now, without further ado, let’s wrap this thing up. Earlier this year I acquired a client from California through a friend of mine. They…

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2012 Tales: The Carrot

Sometimes, no matter how many times you go through something terrible, if you don’t recognize how you got there – and take the steps to consciously avoid it – you’ll go through it again and again. When I first began freelancing my web design skills, I took all the usual avenues: I hit up friends…

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2012 Tales: The client with too many irons in the fire.

I gained and lost one client this year who had a difficult time focusing on the task at hand. You could tell in conversations, on the phone and certainly in the way he conducted business. He started last summer with a local coffee and entertainment venue, that looked like it would do well. They were…

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2012 Tales: The internet is not magic.

There are certain folks for whom the internet holds a magical allure for them. Because they don’t understand anything about Photoshop, pixels or code, they may as well put me in the same league as Dr. Strange, because to them, what I do is magic. This is the story of one such client. Spoiler Alert: They didn’t…

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2012 Tales: A very expensive road trip.

Freelancers know that referrals are the lifeblood of our business. When someone refers a new client to you, it’s a great boost to your pocketbook and your morale. So when I was recommended by an acquaintance to this client that eagerly wanted to meet, I was pretty excited. There was a lot to be happy…

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2012 Tales: You can’t control the wind.

When I relaunched Upward Media shortly before the start of last year, I made a big deal about a particular client that had been the lynchpin of my own change of heart just six months before. Meeting with them was like turning a corner and running smack into exactly what I wanted to do with…

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OMG I so need to update my blog.

Looking at the posted date for my last blog post and I’m shocked to see it’s October 12th. That means it’s getting far too close to a month since I posted on my blog. A month! I can’t let that stand! I must get something out! Something needs to be said or my readers will start to…

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Upstarts Part 5: Get Help

This is the last installment of a very special series on Upstarts: Making your dream a reality. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading these as much as I have writing them, and if you’re just joining us for the first time, be sure to read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, or Part 4. We’re closing things out with…

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Upstarts Part 4: Get Ready to Make Friends

Welcome to a very special series on Upstarts: Making your dream a reality. We’re going to push out a new blog post every day, so if you haven’t already, I’d recommend subscribing! Or, you can read Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3. Today’s topic is about growing your network and relationships. In junior high, I had a really tough…

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