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How to Set and Negotiate your Freelance Business Rates

by Davidh, Moderator |sba.gov

Thinking of going it alone? Becoming a freelancer is an attractive option for many professionals, but can you make it work for you?

One of the most critical steps involved in planning and growing your freelance business is setting your rates. However, when you are charging for a service, this is easier said than done and getting it wrong (either way) can compromise your worth, your cash-flow and your business.

Here are three tips for setting your freelance rates, structuring your pricing, and negotiating with clients.

Three E-Mail Newsletter Tools

A Look at Three E-Mail Newsletter Tools - If you're just starting with e-newsletters or need a change, here's a rundown of some options. [Entrepreneur]

Three Ways to Spark Engaging Social Conversations

Three Ways to Spark Engaging Social Conversations - The most important aspect to social media is establishing a two-way conversation. [Entrepreneur]
Consumers want more than content online -- they want to make a human connection. This means it's no longer enough to push information out to your audience. Today's geo-located, email checking, text messaging, status updating, smartphone toting “social consumers” are ready to engage with their favorite businesses and nonprofits.

"Reflections on the 21st Century Person Based on 37 years of Research and Study," Continued

Human culture is going to be transformed by the transformation of human consciousness and development. The two key terms are “Personalization,” and “Synergistic Collaboration.” Personalization is the cultivation of our innate skills, development of consciousness, and integration of self. Personalization as a legitimate, and necessary, part of human culture has never become prominent. In the 21st century this will. Personalization will become as common as ‘socialization.’ Indeed, socialization will be greatly improved by being in tandem with personalization.

10 Laws of Social Media Marketing

10 Laws of Social Media Marketing - For business owners just getting started, a guide to build brand buzz and boost your bottom line. [Entrepreneur]
For business owners just getting started, a guide to build brand buzz and boost your bottom line.
By Susan Gunelius
Leveraging the power of content and social media marketing can help elevate your audience and customer base in a dramatic way. But getting started without any previous experience or insight could be challenging.

Reflections on the 21st Century Person Based on 37 years of Research and Study

Human Development showed signs of an evolutionary leap in the area of consciousness during the latter decades of 2011. The changes became so rapid that generations were given names, such as the ‘x-generation,’ and the ‘millennium-generation.’ Typically evolutionary ‘leaps’ ocur when survival crises emerge. In this case, the devastation of natural resources of the planet combined, with exponential human population increase, has caused a crisis of survival.

Richard Branson on Intrapreneurs

Richard Branson on Intrapreneurs - The business icon talks about empowering employees to break the rules. [Entrepreneur]

Sales Quiz: Can You Move This Deal Forward?

By Geoffrey James | January 31, 2011

SCENARIO: You’re selling a complex solution to a large organization. It is something that the prospect has never purchased before and will impact multiple groups. You’ve developed a strong contact (a technical expert) who’s willing to help you move the deal forward.

Here are your choices:

Use Social Media to Improve Presentations

How to Use Social Media to Improve Presentations - Digital and social media tricks to incorporate the next time you pitch your concept or company to a crowd. [Entrepreneur]

Investing in education - President Obama's State of the Union speech

Teachers are the tenets of the world's progress:
"In fact, to every young person listening tonight who's contemplating their career choice, if you want to make a difference in the life of our nation, if you want to make a difference in the life of a child, become a teacher. Your country needs you"
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