My goal with this note is to give you a quick overview of the high points and to lay out a quick guide to what the new content can help you accomplish in the next seven days. As a fellow Wealthy Web Writer, I imagine you have the same scheduling variations that I do… some weeks you have all the time you need and some weeks you’re blazing through everything so fast, you’re lucky if you remember to eat lunch.
Because of those kinds of weeks, I’m trying a new format with these updates. When you’re having a really busy week, you can check here to catch the high points and I’ll also give a you a plan for the week—something you can do in 15 to 30 minutes a day—that will keep your business growing and moving forward. Be sure to let me know what you think!
First, some news…
Mindy’s been running a website challenge this last month. Participants in the challenge are working to get their professional web writing websites up and functioning in just a four-week window.
I love this challenge because it’s amazing to see how much each of us is capable of achieving when we’re motivated. I can’t wait to see the results, which will come out later this month. Check out the website challenge and all of Mindy’s great advice for getting your website up fast in the Reality Blog.
And, even if you’re not participating in the challenge, take a minute to commit to getting your own website up and running sooner rather than later.
I also wanted to highlight our job board. Each week, several jobs go up on the board. There’s a good mix of freelance, contract and fulltime opportunities and you’ll find things for web writers, SEO specialists, social media experts and more. I’d love to hear what you think about the job board. Have you applied to any jobs? Have you heard back? Have you landed any projects? What do you like now and what would you like to see change? Let me know if the comments below!
Get the most out of this week!
Okay, I want to highlight three articles that you should check out. They’re each on different topics, but they can all help you give your web writing business an immediate boost.
First look at Mindy’s article on overcoming the two hardest steps in getting your website going… these are the two steps that slow us down and allow us to keep putting our website progress off.
Then check out John Torre’s article on “plussing.” Plussing is the process of always looking for ways to give your clients something more.
And finally, take a peek at Rebecca’s most recent article on blowing away your competition as a web writer.
Now, your mission for next week should you choose to accept it…
Monday: If you don’t yet have a website or if you need to update your website, decide on what approach you plan to take. Will you hire someone or do it yourself? Will you use a template or design from scratch? It doesn’t matter, just decide what you’ll do and then list your next three steps to get that process moving.
Tuesday: Contact at least five clients for testimonials. If you don’t have clients, ask a friend or family member to say something nice about your overall character.
Wednesday: Write down three ways you’ll deliver more to your clients than your clients expect. In other words, decide how you’ll “plus” your services.
Thursday: Rebecca’s article looks at the things that set apart really successful copywriters from those who do all right but never really make as much as they could. A lot of it comes down to your process—how you approach clients for additional work and how you ensure your work gets delivered on time and in good shape. Think about your process both for keep-in-touch marketing and for handling projects.
Friday: Write down your processes for each of the above and post them somewhere you can see them. This will help you not forget important steps like allowing time for research, conducting a client interview to answer any project questions or leaving enough time for revisions.
All right! There you have it… five things you can do next week that will move your business forward!
Let me know how it goes!