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The Solopreneur Life “Friday Bits” Column #2

April 23rd, 2010 by Larry Keltto | Posted in Friday Bits

It’s the end of the week, and just like last Friday, I have several nice bits of information to share with you.

This Really Is the Scariest Pricing Idea Ever
Walt Kania of The Freelancery wrote a column this week titled, “The Scariest Pricing Idea Ever. That Works.” When I finished reading the piece, I found myself saying out loud: “Wow. Wow. Wow.” If you’re in a rut regarding pricing, or if you just want a wildly new perspective, you have to check it out.

Password Cracking Is Just a Matter of Time
I wrote a column on March 30 recommending Password Wallet, the password-storage software. One PW feature is generation of strong passwords. I began using those passwords in earnest this year, and after reading this article in the Christian Science Monitor, I am really glad I did. The key passage from the article says:

Here’s a statistic that can mean your virtual survival. If your online password has 3 characters, it will take a computer hacker 0.86 seconds to crack. However, if your password has 10 characters, it will take almost 2 million years.

Believe me, I understand if you haven’t begun taking password security seriously yet. But now that you know the facts, git ‘er done!

Hmm, I Do Need New Business Cards…
I came across Hugh MacLeod and his site: GapingVoid: Cartoons Drawn on the Back of Business Cards. Hugh is an artist who specializes in producing provocative art, including art for the back of business cards. His style is a little disturbing…and I like it! Check it out.

Let’s Pause For a Little Bit of Free Advice
If a contract is needed for a job, always volunteer to write it.

Some Love for The Solopreneur Life
I was greeted Monday morning by a pleasant surprise: a very nice review of The Solopreneur Life on a cool new site, Blog On Bloggers. Matt Spilman (“The Blogumentor”) is the man behind Blog On Bloggers. Thank you for the kind words Matt, and good luck with your site!

Learn From This Site
I’m giving a special mention to Paul Chaney’s site, The Social Media Handyman. Among other things on his site, Paul chronicles his journey as a solopreneur. There’s a lot of wisdom in his writing, and Paul has done an exceptional job of branding himself and his business. I encourage you to give his site a look. Paul, do you have any branding tips you can share with us?

I Need to Try This
Chris Guillebeau, who publishes the terrific site The Art of Non-Conformity, says: “I take a rest day once a week where I disengage from the online world until after 6 p.m. I recommend you do the same.”

Solopreneurs, Don’t Ignore Accounting!
Since the launch of my site two weeks ago, the most popular post has been: I Fired a Client Last Week. The least popular post has been: How to Find the Right Accountant for Your Solo Business. Very interesting.

Solopreneur’s Digest
In case you missed any of my posts from this week, shame on you. j/k! Here’s a digest:
Tools That Work For The Solopreneur Life: OneRiot.com
“The Solopreneur’s Wife: What’s Different About Being Married to a Solopreneur?”
Using Two Computer Displays: Does It Make You a More Productive Solopreneur?
Ancient Parable Reveals a Secret for Solo-Business Success
Featured Soloist Barbara Milgram: She Defied Conventional Business Wisdom and Flourished
Tools That Work for The Solopreneur Life: Third Tribe


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Comments

  1. What a great round-up! I love the first article about pricing that you recommended reading. Incredibly thought-provoking. Have you tried it?

    As a CPA-turned-business-coach, I did laugh when I saw that no one wants to read about accounting, however, you couldn’t be more correct. It is important to pay attention to accounting.

    Thanks for pointing out the weekly un-plug. That is a practice I strive for, though I don’t always make it.

    So glad I stumbled on your site! Fabulous blog, looking forward to hearing more from you!

  2. Larry Keltto says:

    Hi Nona:

    Thank you for your comments!

    I have not tried “the scariest pricing idea,” but I will be looking for an opportunity to use it — “when the wind is right.” I agree with the author, Walt Kania, that you don’t want to try this with a one-off client. It should be someone with whom you have a long-term relationship.

    I really like your site — your Resources page is terrific!

    Larry

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