[thelist] Getting New Business

sfmalo sfmalo at msn.com
Sun May 13 02:26:42 CDT 2001

Thanks, Brad, for *all* your comments. Good advice about using your
signature in emails. Mmmmm.

> Sharon,
> Referrals are the best source of business. Advertising on search engines
> others web sites is great, but generally produces very minimal results.
> your name comes up in conversation it is the best source for work.
> Believe it or not, e-mail signatures work quite well too. I get e-mails
> people on lists all the time because they clicked on my signature link.
> The best way to get work is to talk to people. Tell everyone you know,
> you are looking for contract work. Be sure to let them know what your
> specialties are. Give your friends and family business cards. It is
> how many times your skills will come up in conversation.
> And to Eric:
> <snip>
> personally, I groan when I find out a
> person can do everything from make a resume to analyze an Oracle
> view, and oh yeah, I'm also a high-end audio consultant and I've
> fixed several garage doors.
> </snip>
> I would have to agree about making a website that portrays this. But
> sometimes when you are trying to start out and get business this is very
> important to tell your existing clients. If they are happy with what you
> have done so far why would they try to find someone else to do other stuff
> because it wasn't in your original scope. Tell them what you can do! Don't
> flaunt it but make it clear that you have the ability to do more.
> <snip>
>  Posting to developer lists at 11:30 on a
> Saturday night gives a clearer indication that you're some kind of
> inhuman freak, anyway.</snip>
> Some of us actually have deadlines on projects that are unattainable. And
> work late at night on some weekends to try to achieve these goals. On
> crazy weekend nights, we tend to take a break by reading through and
> answering e-mails. And I don't think of myself as inhuman or a freak but a
> dedicated individual.
Sharon F. Malone
"web design and Internet writing services"

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