013 STBS: A Sneak Peek at my Business Model

First, I want to thank WavesofTech for giving me 5 stars on iTunes.  It was a huge morale booster, especially since I have two podcasts out there with over 20 episodes.  I was beginning to think my content was horrible, ha!

Wow.  This podcast episode has been a long time coming, and originally I was thinking of giving it only to my newsletter subscribers. I had been sitting on it for a while because, while I am very proud of what I do, it puts me and my business in a vulnerable spot.  In any case, in this presentation I made I give you a look at how I do business.

Here are some of the topics that I talk about:

  • What is a business and why you shouldn't be afraid of charging money for what you do.
  • Why you are pricing your services way too low.
  • How to work smarter in order to work less.
  • My secret sauce for operating and growing my business.

Once you hear about my secret weapon, you'll understand why I am apprehensive.  I may be just paranoid, but I don't know.  I mentioned it to a prospective partner and client, and they didn't seem to mind, but it's still a bit scary to divulge.  At any rate, it's the only reason I am able to do what I do, enjoy my family, and maintain a full-time job.

It's been a very interesting year.  Although it's extremely rough at times, the tips mentioned in this podcast have really helped me to focus on how to maintain a steady stream of income, and get rid of the feeling of being ashamed when asking for money for my time.  Your time is valuable and you have talents that people will gladly pay for, with a little confidence and some networking, you can make some money doing what you love.

I'd really love to know what you think about my strategy.  If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know in the comments.