An Ebook Excerpt
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I have been a freelance writer since 1993. I’ve run several successful businesses from home since then — both online and off. The information in this ebook is for all aspiring or struggling entrepreneurs — no matter what kind of business you’re in or want to start.
I am the publisher of this site, InkwellEditorial.com, an authority site on how to start, grow and maintain a freelance writing business. I have also authored over 30 ebooks, mostly on small business, freelance writing and internet marketing. And, more are on the way!
1. How I got started?
2. How I went from full-time employee to small business owner?
3. How I learned to get clients?
4. How I learned what to charge?
5. How I initially financed my business?
More Startup Questions Answered & Personal Insight Given to First-Time Entrepreneurs
Additionally, I point out seven things you should do from the beginning that will help you become successful that much sooner.
Starting from the beginning, I tell you how I acquired my very first clients, what I did when I lost my biggest client two months after quitting my job, how I financed my first business, lessons I learned from running two businesses from home — and more.
Answers to these questions contain insight into how I learned to market with nothing (literally), what I learned about loans, financing a business with credit cards (yes, there is a time for this!) and personal finances in general — all of this information is central to running a business successfully.
Many think there’s a mystery to owning a business. It simply is not true. Anyone who really wants to can do it. Via this insightful account, you learn the mistakes NOT to make, which can save you thousands of dollars and make success possible that much sooner — no matter what kind of business it is.
Here’s to your success!
Following is a complete Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
About My Very First Business, Page 5
A Business Owner Speaks: The “Mystery” of Owning a Business, Page 6
Who This Information Can Help, Page 6
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. How did you get started? Page 7
3 Big Lessons I Learned from a Failed Business That’s Helped Me to Succeed, Page 7
2. How did you go from a full-time employee to owning a business? Page 8
The Advantage of Running a “Small” Business, Page 9
3. How did you learn to get clients? Page 9
Why It’s Critical to Spot – and Grab – Opportunities Even When They Aren’t on Your Business Plan, Page 9
4. How did you learn what to charge? Page 10
Why You Must Learn to Charge Enough; What Can Happen If You Don’t, Page 11
Factors to Consider When Setting Rates/Prices/Fees, Page 11
5. Did you get a loan to start your business? Page 12
About Getting a Small Business Loan, Page 12
When to Use Credit Cards to Finance Your Small Business – Yes, There Is a Time When It’s OK to Do This in My Opinion, Page 13
7 SUCCESS TIPS FOR ASPIRING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
I. About Credit, Page 14
II. About Recordkeeping, Page 14
III. About Getting a Lawyer and Accountant, Page 14
IV. About Getting a Business Mentor, Page 15
The Best Piece of Business Advice I’ve Ever Received, Page 16
V. The 4 Secrets to Small Business Success, Page 16
VI. About Developing a Thick Skin, Page 16
VII. About You, Page 17
P.S.: If you want to know how to do something, ask someone who is already doing it. This is the vantage point from which this ebook — indeed, all Inkwell Editorial titles — are written. All material is first-hand; contributed by real entrepreneurs. This allows readers the benefit of learning from those who have been there.