A good writing group can give you invaluable support and see you through to the end of your project. Regular meetings essentially become writing deadlines to complete portions of your project. Group deadlines can be very stimulating (after all, who wants to show up at a meeting and be the deadbeat who hasn’t brought any writing to share!) (more…)
Do you know how to target your hourly wage? The fact is many–and perhaps most–lifewriting professionals have no idea how much they are making per hour. Do you?
Your workshop tuition is not your income. You must first factor in the cost of goods and services. (more…)
Before jumping into launching your memoir business, you ought to inquire about your viability to be successful. People aspire to become memoir professionals for many reasons. Among the background that you bring to the endeavor ought to be the following: (more…)
Do you have a business strategy plan? Everyone who starts a business is a visionary of sorts. How else would we be able to face the daunting challenge of creating something out of nothing? Not everyone succeeds. What separates those whose visions culminate in viable businesses from those whose hopes and dreams crumble is perhaps the ability to dream realistically. (more…)
It will be hard for you to generate an attractive income without a product line to offer to the public-especially to existing customers. Existing clients are easier to sell to than new customers. They already trust you and have seen your track record. Providing they have further needs, they will buy from you over someone else–of course, to get the sale, you must have additional products to sell. (more…)
“Selling? I just can’t do it!” says the sales phobic. Why is it that some people cannot ask for a sale, cannot sell products from the back of the room, when promoting their memoir business, etc.? Perhaps it’s a struggle between values and rules!
Does this sound familiar: “I just can’t ask my work-shoppers or people who attend a presentation to buy books and tapes from me. It feels too… too-” (Screw up your face here and think nasty.) (more…)
What do you want your memoir writing business to accomplish in the next 12 months? Take some time right now and make a business plan.
You don’t have time, you say. Planning is an indulgence? Think of this parable:
A person is sawing a tree and is obviously harried. A second person approaches and asks, “How long have you been sawing?”
“Oh, all day and I’m exhausted. Look at how much I have left to do!”
The second person suggests, “Your saw is dull. You need to sharpen it.”
The first retorts wearily, “That might be a good idea for some other people, but I just don’t have the time to do that. Don’t you see how much tree I have left to cut! Get real.”
Take the time to sharpen the “saw” of your business life. Make a business plan. (more…)
Too many solo-preneurs and small business people do not think through the most lucrative paths to profit by which their companies make money. In so not doing, they leave money on the table.
How do you find these paths to profit?
1. Take a good look at your existing product and service line. What is the person who has bought these likely to want in addition to these? Will they be able to achieve their most sought-after goal after using these products or services? Or, will your product or service only help them with part of their goal? Listen to what people are telling you as they purchase your product. What is their ultimate goal? The person who wishes to self-publish a memoir will not be satisfied with help in producing a manuscript because that is only a part of his/her goal. (more…)
Always tell clients that you don’t know how much a long-term project will cost. Tell them it will almost certainly cost more than they expect. This article takes the anxiety out of setting a price for you and the client as you can grow your memoir writing-based company.
While clients will want to know how much they can expect a project to cost, and that is reasonable on their part, the fact is they don’t know the scope of the project they wish you to assist them with. Below are suggestions for charging for your writing services. (more…)
Do you have a memoir business strategy plan? As a group, we memoir professionals are idea people. Does this sound familiar? We start projects with great enthusiasm, work assiduously for a while, and then get begin to get bored. We lack a business strategy or plan for our success.
How do we break the predictable cycle of enthusiasm to boredom? How can we find the energy to finish what we have started? How do we cope with the day-to-day work of running the business when it becomes tedious? To escape, we find ourselves planning new projects. Wow, we’re excited once again–for a while. (more…)