One of the problems freelancers face when they try to get work is not that they get told “no” too much. It’s the fact they settle for maybe.
You never want to hear maybe or the equivalent when you’re in sales. Maybes will kill you! Maybes suck your time and they don’t teach you anything.
What you want is a definitive yes or no.
I was reminded of this today. I have a deal in my sales pipeline that could be a great monthly retainer client.
Mindmap of one of our campaigns.
I want to start sharing regular status updates on Advisors Grow, the “marketing as-a-service” company we’re launching soon.
My thinking is if I share snapshots like this consistently then down the road readers will be able to look back and see how this company was built from the ground up.
If we do well they’ll serve as real life business lessons of what to do.
If we fail they’ll be lessons of what not to do. 🙂 So either way, it’ll be helpful.
Where I worked part of the day today
Today was nuts. At least for me.
I think I may have gotten spoiled with how I structure my workdays. I typically only work about 6 hours a day.
But those are “pure” work hours mind you. If I take a break I stop my timer. And I’ve realized after about 6 hours of real work I’m out of brain power.
So working nearly 10 hours today made me feel like a crazy workaholic! Here’s what I did today:
My commute from the office to home.
Before I quit my job to freelance full-time I would spend two hours a day commuting.
I lived in Washington and worked across the river in Portland, OR. I worked 8–5 Monday-Friday. And so I would have to leave my house a little before 7:00 a.m. since I never knew how bad traffic would be. Some days it’d take 50 minutes. Other days 70 minutes.
Relaxing with some chai on my front porch.
There was a time in my life when I considered joining a monastery for a year.
I thought it would be a good spiritual experience to learn to live in quietness and simplicity.
I remember telling my best friend, Lacie, about this at the time. Little did I know she was thinking to herself, Oh great, I’m in love with a guy who wants to be monk!
Fast forward 10 years…
I’ve been married to Lacie for seven years and we have three kids: ages five, three and two.