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Value and Price: What’s Your Work Worth?

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Carnivals | 0 comments

Value and Price: What’s Your Work Worth?

So you paid $5 to get in to the circus. Behind the scenes, though – you, me, and everybody else in the audience is hoping that the guy who keeps the lions, tigers, and bears caged earns more than $5 that night. And that the lions, tigers, and bears have gotten more than $5 in food before coming out to see all us yummy looking audience members, right? Welcome to the big top! This is a discussion on price vs value – cost vs worth. You’re sure to get your money’s worth! Read on: Nick Armstrong of WTF Marketing Pull my...

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Rediscover the Real World: Unplug, Unwind, Unleash

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Carnivals | 0 comments

Rediscover the Real World: Unplug, Unwind, Unleash

The lions are prepped and roaring. The elephants are balancing on their ball. The clowns are packed into their car. The firebreather’s fuel is swirling in her mouth. Except nobody’s started the show because the Ringleader is backstage screwing around on Twitter! This month’s topic tackles getting the hell off the internet and getting out into the real world can restart your business growth! You know … offline networking, coffee house gatherings, meet-ups, public speaking engagements, lunch ‘n learn opportunities...

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Being an Expert Doesn’t Mean You Know Everything

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Carnivals | 0 comments

Being an Expert Doesn’t Mean You Know Everything

Is your lion tamer an expert at taming lions? You’d better hope so! How about the ringleader? Do they know what’s up? Can they keep those dirty clowns in line? Elephants balanced? Trapeze artists flying? Bearded Lady’s beard groomed? If you’re an expert – how do you convey that expertise while still maintaining your humanity? After all, you’re not perfect – you can’t know everything. And that’s what this month’s Word Carnival is all about! How to know when to stop pitching yourself...

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Mental Health and Your Small Business

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Carnivals | 0 comments

Mental Health and Your Small Business

Clowns. Are they really nuts or just acting that way? Sure, it takes a certain degree of focus to confidently juggle all those chainsaws, stay perfectly balanced on top of your fellow clown’s shoulders, and stay upright in those big shoes. They couldn’t stuff so many of themselves in a tiny VW Beetle or keep us all so entertained without a significant amount of skill, either. So what is it about clowns that makes us feel so unsettled? The idea of mental health gone awry – and for many small business owners, it’s a...

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Service: Acknowledging the Invisible Elephant in Your Office

Posted by on Feb 26, 2014 in Carnivals | 0 comments

Service: Acknowledging the Invisible Elephant in Your Office

From the Cellus the Lion Tamer to Helenbar the Trapeze Girl, every member of the circus has a vital service role to play–without them them the show couldn’t go on. And what about the unsung heroes, those people who toil tirelessly behind the scenes to make it all run smoothly; people like the clowns, ticket takers, and yes,…even the people who have to clean up the you know what left behind by Marcellena the Elephant. Every single person is committed to giving the best possible service to their clients! This month each of us...

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Parentpreneurs: What Being a Parent Can Teach You About Business

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Carnivals | 0 comments

Parentpreneurs: What Being a Parent Can Teach You About Business

Why do parents make great entrepreneurs, and vice versa? How does parenting have anything to do with business, anyway? This month, the carnies share their experiences with parenthood (or, for some, pet ownership!) and how it has made them better at business. Click through the links to read all of their anecdotes and advice, and feel free to add your own in the comments! Nick Armstrong of WTF Marketing Baby Blues and Buyers Remorse: Expectations are Everything @WTFMarketing facebook.com/WTFMarketing Téa Silvestre of Word Chef My Big Why: On...

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The 100 Best Ways To Screw Up Your Business Website

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Carnivals | 0 comments

The 100 Best Ways To Screw Up Your Business Website

Wait, you HAVE a website for your business, right?! For businesses of all sizes and stripes an online presence is a powerful marketing tool, but simply tacking a site on to your otherwise bullet-proof biz plan isn’t all there is to it. Our roundup of small business bloggers tackle the best ways to screw up your business by screwing up your website. Carol Lynn Rivera of Web Search Social How To Totally Tank Your Brand Without Ever Leaving Your Website @CarolLynnRivera facebook.com/WebSearchSocial Sandy McDonald of Why You Must Blog Seven...

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Can You Hear Me Now? Make sure you and your customers speak the same language

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Carnivals | 0 comments

Can You Hear Me Now? Make sure you and your customers speak the same language

Mishaps and mistakes or just miscommunications? They happen to everyone. Mostly because we’re human and we all have this ability to hear and see what we want to (as opposed to what’s really going on). That goes double for clients. If you’re not careful, things can snowball and before you know it, it might feel like you’re stuck in cage with a bunch of hungry lions. This month, the carnies share their advice on how to avoid these pitfalls so you’ll have a much better chance at having happy, satisfied clients....

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Own Your Worth: How To Charge What You Deserve Instead Of Settling For What You Get

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Carnivals | 0 comments

Own Your Worth: How To Charge What You Deserve Instead Of Settling For What You Get

Do you sometimes struggle with feelings of doubt and insecurity when it comes to pricing your services and sharing that pricing with customers? Do you ever get told your prices are too high? Do you find yourself caving in when someone requests a price reduction then getting frustrated with the outcome, or just getting frustrated by how hard it is to convince people what you’re really worth in the first place? Us, too! The good news is there’s hope. Our carnies have been there and have plenty of experience when it comes to pricing...

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The Ins and Outs, Ups and Downs of Biz Referrals

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Carnivals | 0 comments

The Ins and Outs, Ups and Downs of Biz Referrals

As business owners we are always looking for effective ways to grow our businesses. One the most flattering and best sources in attracting new business is through referrals. There are many strategies, resources and techniques available to accomplish this. This month the fabulous carnies share their wisdom on “The Ins and Outs, Ups and Downs of Biz Referrals”! This is gonna be good, so make sure to get comfy and read each one of the posts below and don’t forget to share and post your comments, we’d love to hear from...

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