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business marketing Random Thoughts

Why haggling for pricing is bad karma for you

Don’t let them haggle I hate to argue. Particularly, over price as I don’t think it’s worth my time or energy to argue over a few dollars when my work’s at stake. Although I’m aware that some people derive absolute pleasure haggling their way to saving a few dollars (pennies, in some cases). I can’t […]

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business Random Thoughts

Managing expectations as a professional

I so wish this could be part of an independent professional’s proposal. I’m not a magician nor do I have a supply of magic pills. I can’t help with your challenges in a 2-hour conversation or even a half-day workshop. Believe me, it took you a lot longer to arrive at this mess and it […]

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business coaching personal growth

Perhaps you’re not cut out for it?

I think by now it’s pretty clear that being an entrepreneur is a status symbol for most people, besides being famous and rich. I said “most people” because I don’t include real entrepreneurs in that category. They’re a different breed and the sooner we (the others!) realise that the better it is for them. Particularly, […]

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business leadership marketing

Do the behaviour!

Sometime early last year I reflected on the amount of energy I was spending on my side-hustle. It was every-single-day. I also realised I was investing a lot of time writing, consuming educational/informative content by way of books, seminars, webinars, video courses, and everything in between. They were very informative and they did nothing to […]

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business marketing selling

What’s your market?

And by that, people usually mean who do you really serve? (And you never know if they’re curious to find their direct competitor in you!) Marketers fuss a lot about customer avatars or the ideal customer profile or the target audience at ends, which gets irritating (at times). It’s a major turn off to every […]

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business selling

The buyer’s process

If you’re an entrepreneur or a freelancer or a business development expert you’ve been shown the door, brushed off, asked not to contact again or worst, been told: “they’ll think about it and get back to you.” Right? If that’s you, then let me tell you one thing — I’ve been there myself and can […]

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business coaching marketing selling

It’s the “marketplace” stupid!

One of my agendas for the day was to create a profile on Upwork as an Executive Coach. Not exactly my way of doing things but the idea was suggested by one of my benefactors. And since it didn’t hurt to create one, I just made it. Of course, I looked up other coaches in […]