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June 17, 2014 at 3:46 am #1166163::DorothyM, post: 192386 wrote:It seems to me that what you’re suggesting is what FlyingSolo already does.
Flying Solo, LinkedIn, G+, Twitter etc.
Plus Referral Key, if it’s still around.April 27, 2014 at 6:26 am #1163211::
Freshbooks also integrates with PayPal and will do this for you.April 27, 2014 at 6:24 am #1154662::
This is still happening for me and, to be honest, it’s limiting my use of the forums because I get fed up of having to log out and then back in again to reply…. Is there a fix on its way?April 10, 2014 at 2:27 am #1162634::Octopus Labs, post: 188035 wrote:They get a code after they buy something, but the free wifi can time out after 1 hour or something. After which they need another code / purchase.
Agree, this is what cafes here tend to do…April 1, 2014 at 8:07 am #1161908::gareths, post: 187525 wrote:
– My prices were too low and should be in line with industry rates and take them off the website so there is room to negotiate. < good news!
– I should bring my terms of trade in line with the industry standard of 28 days < hmmm, I disagree. I have had no problems with 7 day terms and I’ve had the same terms for over a decade. 28 days is fine if that’s what you want to do, but bear in mind it will affect your cash flow.
– I should scrap the 1% per day penalty and make it line up with credit card interest – around 1.5% per month, but don’t advertise this on my website. < I charge a 10% late payment fee once the invoice is 10 days overdue, then a further 10% if it’s still not paid after 30 days – at which time it is given to a debt collector as well. It’s not on my website, but it is on the Terms of Business each client has to read and sign before I do their work. Late payers also have to pay upfront next time.
– Don’t send out bulk emails about the business as its spam and will be deleted but use mail instead after contacting potential clients on the phone first to get their permission < while this is true if you don’t have permission, there is nothing wrong with adding a sign-up box to your website and inviting people who visit your site to opt in.
– Be more involved in networking and small business forums like FS. < Again, I would disagree. If your client base goes to networking events then yes, you should go too. You really need to sit down and work out where your client base hangs out, for instance social media might be more effective. Also, I don't look on FS as a way to increase business, but it is certainly a helpful place to get to know people, learn and have the opportunity to help others.
I’ve added my thoughts above. HTHMarch 27, 2014 at 7:49 am #1161904::
I have always had 7 day terms. The only time I change them is when dealing with government organisations, as they tend to work on 30 day terms and there’s little point expecting it quicker!March 27, 2014 at 7:48 am #1161887::
If you’re looking at transferring smaller amounts I can recommend Tranzfers – which is part of Ozforex. I’ve been using them for over 8 years.March 25, 2014 at 5:22 am #1161658::
The short answer is no.
In fact, I had to sack a client a year or so ago because their accounts manager got snotty over my 7 day terms – bearing in mind I’d done a load of work for this particular client in the past and it had never been a problem. And actually, the client came back a few months later and was happy to pay in advance for my services!
However, if it’s a government organisation, hospital etc. then it’s pointless expecting them to pay any quicker than 30 days, so I do offer those terms.
I do send my Terms of Business via DocuSign which clearly set out my payment terms, and the client has to sign these before I start work.March 25, 2014 at 5:16 am #1161768::
Re: Mystery Shopper calling cards- how would you feel if this was left in your busine
I think it’s a great idea. I used to do mystery shopping and have often had below-par experiences that I’d like to share with the business owners! Send me some cards, I’d be happy to leave them around my local shops etc.March 11, 2014 at 4:45 am #1160778::
I think you need to be careful as there are “coaches” whose sole interest is in locking you into programs and then selling you more and more of them!
I have used a business coach a couple of times, it was done over the phone by a guy I’ve connected with on Twitter. I found it very useful, just having someone to bounce ideas off and come up with ideas that I hadn’t thought of. I think sometimes we’re so close to our businesses we can’t see new ways of doing things!
Mostly though my husband is my business coach. Again, he can see different ways of doing/handling things and makes a great sounding board when I come up with new ideas.March 11, 2014 at 4:42 am #1160869March 11, 2014 at 4:38 am #1160296::I.T. Guaranteed, post: 185378 wrote:Hi John,
Awesome post. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
You did ask for questions and I have a few.
At the moment I feel like I am blogging / tweeting /posting to an almost empty room.
Is this a chicken / egg situation. How do the followers find you? or is that what we are all doing here in this forum right now?
On twitter I notice lots of people follow me in the hope that I will follow back? What are your thoughts on this tactic? Seems a very slow way to attract the wrong target audience to me…
Thanks again. more questions to come if thats ok.
I know you addressed your question to John, but I wanted to add my tuppence worth if that’s okay?
Re following – don’t follow people in order to get followed back. Follow people that are your target client group to start with, and those who look interesting/tweet useful stuff.
In order to get yourself followers retweet what others have shared, chat with them (comment on updates they’ve shared etc.), mention them in some way (the Paper.li app is handy for that) – basically, get their attention and from there you can build the relationship.
Using Twitter is no different to real-life networking. I’m sure you wouldn’t barge into a networking event and work the room talking about nothing but yourself and handing out business cards to everyone you meet (well, I would hope not!). Likewise, on Twitter you need to keep a balance between sharing your own content/talking about yourself and sharing other peoples’ stuff/interacting.
HTHMarch 11, 2014 at 4:28 am #1160295::arrowwise, post: 185009 wrote:In general the only ones making money directly out of social media are those enticing, training and managing businesses to be part of it. For the rest of us it a periphery of your broader marketing strategy, with results much harder to measure.
Not necessarily. I’ve gained new clients as a direct result of my use of Twitter. Quite often, the tweets that do the job are nothing to do with my business and are “chit-chat” style tweets.
For example, an ex-WA weather presenter that I follow on Twitter tweeted about how Channel 9 always run late with their programs and he was sitting there waiting for something to start. I replied to him, someone else also replied to him, saw my tweet and checked out my profile. Turned out she was looking for some transcription help so she messaged me and the rest, as they say, is history.
Likewise, I recently tweeted about a family trip to Busselton using the #tweetBusselton hash tag. A local psychologist saw it, checked out my website and emailed me as she had been thinking about outsourcing her transcription.
I don’t like the way a lot of people/businesses schedule all their tweets – it totally misses the point IMHO. It sounds a cliche, but it really is all about the interactions and relationship-building.
But before you even start, you need to work out where your audience hang out, otherwise you may as well not bother at all.February 18, 2014 at 7:07 am #1159705October 11, 2013 at 4:46 am #1151565::Zephyr, post: 174884 wrote:It is a strange occurrence, so many new and existing companies have this feeling that they need an online presence.. website, social media. It really comes down to the nature of the business and whether it makes sense for your business to have an online presence.
And door knocking and face-to-face sales probably work very well if you’re serving a local market, but when you have potential clients based 16,000 miles away (as I do) it doesn’t make much sense. This is where I’ve found social media (in particular Twitter) crucial – I’ve gained clients I just would never have been able to reach any other way.
But yes, each business is different and needs to weigh up what’s right for them, not just jump onto the Facebook Page bandwagon, as so many seem to do…