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All Work, No Pay

All Work, No Pay

By Baz Baruah at ClientRobot
Running your own business should be a joy.

Because life shouldn't be All Work and No Pay.
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What is up with potential clients just ignoring you after you send a proposal?

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Good Habitz for looking after your money
This is the end of series one of All Work, No Pay. Thank you so much for listening and I hope you've enjoyed it. To end things, I've included an interview I did with Mike Winnet, YouTube star of the Contrepreneur series, where I talk him through the Profit First method. He was so impressed that he actually switched his company to using Profit First himeself! Thank you for all your support and I'll see you again in a few weeks for Series Two.
14:10
January 30, 2021
Tips on scaling to manage growth
[My wife's] business for months has been consistent and booming. The problem is that she is too busy. She has not had a single day off for over three months now and is now booking far in advance. She is keeping up, but it is taking its toll. I am concerned she is burning out. This is a great problem to have - what we're talking about here is a problem of scaling. I speak to award winning photographer Danny Thompson about how he is scaling his photography business, including working with a videographer and opening a new studio. You can get in contact with Danny at https://www.dannythompsonphotography.co.uk/ Get notifications about new episodes, plus useful hints and tips for running a time-rich, productive business by going to https://allworknopay.substack.com/ And if you're struggling? Fix it fast - free 15 minute consultation: https://calendly.com/clientrobot/15-minutes
17:06
January 22, 2021
My business is becoming my life, now I get constant anxiety and stress.
"My business is becoming my life, now I get constant anxiety and stress. So I've been running this little business of mine for around 3 years now. Its a little mix of retail and e-commerce where customers could purchase from my place or they could make an order online. I didn't think or feel much about it at first when I first started... But lately it's beginning to fully consume me." An all too common problem - something that happens to most businesses as they hit certain milestones. But what's the way out of this? Surely it's possible to run a business without feeling completely overwhelmed? Jo Butcher explains how you can refocus your business and get rid of the stuff that's causing you anxiety - leaving you with just the parts you love. And if you want to get started right away - contact Joanne on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanne-butcher-virtual-assistant123 (she's fabulous and I've hired her too) Get notifications about new episodes, plus useful hints and tips for running a time-rich, productive business by going to https://allworknopay.substack.com/ And if you're struggling? Fix it fast - free 15 minute consultation: https://calendly.com/clientrobot/15-minutes
19:49
January 15, 2021
Branch out on my own or continue the corporate path?
Get notifications about new episodes, plus useful hints and tips for running a time-rich, productive business by going to https://allworknopay.substack.com/ And if you're struggling? Fix it fast - free 15 minute consultation: https://calendly.com/clientrobot/15-minutes
10:35
January 8, 2021
How does a local service business generate leads?
Today I'd really like some advice around how a local service business, of any kind can generate leads. Many of these businesses are very successful from IRL marketing only, but what about digital space? I know that right now, 90% of my business is word of mouth Getting a consistent flow of potential clients coming to you is the dream. Especially if you don't have to spend a load of time at boring networking events! So today I speak to the incredible Michelle L Evans, marketer extraordinaire at Microsoft and one of the most knowledgable and nicest people I've ever worked with. And she tells us how she goes about bringing in leads for small service businesses that she meets - including strategies for building a community, standing out from the crowd and researching/stalking your potential clients. Struggling with your business? Fix it fast - free 15 minute consultation: https://calendly.com/clientrobot/15-minutes
20:26
December 24, 2020
I need to sort out a marketing funnel and lead magnet
I'm new to this world of business. I need to sort out a marketing funnel and a lead magnet and I really feel like I should have some sort of marketing plan or strategy. The problem is I go on LinkedIn and people are all like marketing strategy or lead funnel or client generation things or whatever and it's very difficult to know what any of that is. In a break from the normal format, just in time for Christmas, I speak to Tom Balmont about his fantastic puppet marketing business. We run through why he started the business, where he's getting stuck and where he wants it to go. I was really nervous about this episode, because we're breaking format and I'm answering the questions. But my goal is to make people go "fuck yeah, that's really good" and I think we got there in the end, as Tom had a revelation about how he needs to present his business to the world. So if you think your business looks boring to the outside world and you want to get some humour injected into it, get in touch with Tom at https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-t-peterson-tom-balmont-puppet-marketing-puppets A transcript of this episode will be available at https://clientrobot.com/allworknopay
26:40
December 18, 2020
Negotiate red flags, or just say no
The client asked for a proposal, which I wrote up. It included the writing of strategies, deliverables, and then on-going work ... However, they came back wanting more deliverables, without strategies, and were hoping I'd be able to 'update LinkedIn etc.' for them ... I then got an email saying 'can you look at doing this work too', which a big piece of work that wasn't outlined in my proposal, or mentioned in my feedback. I'm meeting them coffee again, however, I just don't think they see the value of having an experienced communications person, so they don't want to really spend a lot of time or money on the project. Much as you'd like to help everyone, there will always be those people for whom you're not a good fit. Who have different values to you. Who work differently to you. Wouldn't it be great if you could weed the wrong 'uns out before you even get started? Nathan Thomas, tech genius from Coded4 talks about how he spots red flags amongst his potential clients and the ever so simple strategy he uses to deal with them. So if you're a good fit for working with Nathan and need some technical help with your online presence, get in touch with Coded4 at nathan@coded4.com
13:43
December 11, 2020
What is up with potential clients just ignoring you after you send a proposal?
I’m a web dev, and this trend has been increasing for a while now. You send a quote and don’t hear anything back, most of the time you don’t even hear a “sorry, too expensive” or “sorry, we went with someone else”. Just radio silence. Everything goes good and communication is flowing, and then you send the proposal and never hear back. It shouldn't be like that. Getting ghosted by the people who need your help. Wouldn't it be great if there was a better way, to build that connection, to show the client that you're the person for them. Rather than just chucking a proposal over the wall and seeing if it hits the mark. Social media nerd and ethical sales enthusiast Ems Rae Searle talks about why proposals are out of date and on the more modern way to build a connection with your potential clients. If you'd like to get in touch with Ems then she's on Instagram as https://www.instagram.com/emsraesearle/ or at https://emsraesearle.com
22:27
December 4, 2020
Is this a difficult client or is it just me?
I'm working on a website with a client who is increasingly difficult and I'm trying to figure out how to best mitigate the situation. I was brought on to do a couple of tasks and he wanted to get the site out in a couple of days. He said his other designer was busy and not available, which I thought was a red flag. The site was not well designed, mostly by him, and I made some suggestions on how to present the information better and to add information. At first he was very dismissive of what I had to say and lectured me on how I didn't understand his project and what I suggested was out of line. Your client has hired you because you're an expert. They need your help, they trust your judgement, they see you as a consultant, an advisor. Not just the hired help. Or do they? On "All Work, No Pay", Nathan Thomas from Coded4 discusses difficult clients and how to deal with them, especially when they keep changing the brief and moving the goal posts. If you're looking for a fast, effective website, contact Nathan at nathan@coded4.com
15:46
November 27, 2020
Is freelancing just a phase or is it here to stay?
They say that to be a successful freelancer you need to develop resilience, versatility and agility to succeed. You need to be comfortable selling yourself, marketing your services, PR and knowing your way around accounts. As the saying goes to make it as a freelancer you "need to wear multiple hats". Matthew Warters talks about the future of freelancing and the skills you need to make a success of it. As an accountant, he knows what it takes to get your finances in order, but there's a whole lot more to it than that. Get in touch with Matthew at https://www.wartersco.com and knock your business accounts into shape.
13:29
November 20, 2020
What are your best strategies for balancing productivity and free time?
I started freelancing for the first time ever in May. I'm an illustrator / graphic designer. I've always had trouble managing my time when I am left to my own devices like this and it's been kind of a mess. I seem to only have two modes - "panic and work like hell" and "sit around wasting time". We dream of flexibility to choose our own hours. We dream of the freedom to work the best way, without stupid management edicts that just get in our way. And maybe, just maybe, bringing in that extra bit of money to keep us in a better lifestyle than the one we have now. Financial adviser Naz Ghadamian talks about her strategies for ensuring that her work/life balance remains exactly where it needs to be. How she makes sure she gets everything done on time and how she switches off at the end of the day. Because it's really easy to get caught into a cycle of constantly working, burning yourself out and then falling behind. To get your finances in order, contact Naz on 07724 172089,naz.ghadamian@sjpp.co.uk or on LinkedIn at. linkedin.com/in/naz-ghadamian And if you'd like to get your business working for you, get simple, bite-sized actions delivered straight to your inbox at clientrobot.com/allworknopay
15:10
November 13, 2020
Dreaming of jumping into my side-business full time
"So my day job, beats me down emotionally. I hate being there and I feel like everyday is a day wasted when I'm at work. I've felt this way for a long time. " There comes a time where you have to take the leap. To move from employee, with no control over your day to day life, to business owner, with all the risks and challenges - and rewards - that that brings. Anna Short gives you the full Oldham on making that leap, on what to do about family and friends who aren't supportive, and how to prepare yourself for the rollercoaster ride ahead. You can get in touch with Anna via Linked https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-short-boomarketing and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BooMarketing.co.uk/ and if you'd like to join in on Fix it Friday (a weekly Q&A where I fix your business problems) and the Daily Update (with actionable business tips) then head over to https://clientrobot.com/allworknopay
13:31
November 6, 2020
How do I build an audience and support for my online business?
If you've been building your business up for a while, you've been posting consistently, you've been engaging with others and still getting no success, what do you do to actually grow your audience? I'm joined by Anna Short from Boo Marketing and we give you a plan for getting the support your business needs. You can get in touch with Anna via Linked https://www.linkedin.com/in/anna-short-boomarketing and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BooMarketing.co.uk/ and if you'd like to join in on Fix it Friday (a weekly Q&A where I fix your business problems) and the Daily Update (with actionable business tips) then head over to https://clientrobot.com/allworknopay
12:52
October 30, 2020
Is Four Grand enough to start a business?
For today's show I'm joined by Matthew Warters, from Warters & Co Accountants. We talk about setting up your new business - and how much money you need to get started. In particular, is £4000 enough? If you'd like to find out more, contact Matt at https://www.wartersco.com/ and if you'd like to get simple, no-nonsense tips delivered directly to your inbox every day, sign up at https://clientrobot.com/allworknopay
15:20
October 23, 2020
How do you develop effective communication as a freelancer?
Becoming a freelancer is about a whole lot more than just being good at your job. You need to know money, you need to know marketing, you need to know sales. But more than anything, you need to be good at communicating. Financial adviser Naz Ghadamian tells us the strategies that she uses before and during client meetings to make sure that her communication stays on point. To get your finances in order, contact Naz on 07724 172089, naz.ghadamian@sjpp.co.uk or on LinkedIn at http://linkedin.com/in/naz-ghadamian And if you'd like to get your business working for you, get simple, bite-sized actions delivered straight to your inbox at https://clientrobot.com/allworknopay
19:46
October 16, 2020