Author: Laura Pennington

If you are thinking about launching a service based business or you already have one and you have questions about pricing, you are not alone. When I first started my freelance writing business years ago, I had no idea what to charge for my services.

What follows are some of my top tips for identifying the right prices to charge in the outset or even as you grow your service based business.

Arming yourself with this material can increase your chances of success and make you speak more confidently when you are discussing prices with the potential client.

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Owning a business is a rollercoaster and that means that in addition to the high highs you experience with zero G forces when you have an up day, you are also going to experience down points in your business.

I recently experienced one of these down points when taking on too much work.

I thought I could handle all of the responsibilities I had on my plate, but it turns out that I had simply booked in too many clients over the same three-week period and was struggling to keep up with deadlines.

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When you start any kind of venture in your online business, you need to make sure you have the time to manage it. All too often, I see people struggle to keep up with what they said they were going to do. (My hand is raised. I’m also guilty.)

Then what happens is you feel like a failure because you prepared your audience to hear from you in a certain way and then you were not able to keep up with it regularly.

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There are many different options out there to host your online course. In fact, you could do it completely on your own by installing a membership plugin on your WordPress site and having people log in.

To share my embarrassing history of what I used to do before I knew anything about online courses; when I developed my first online course, yes, the one you read about that only had two students to begin with,

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Writing a blog post is an art form. It’s one that requires you to care about the end user.

Think about the blog you’re reading right now.

Why am I writing one sentence at a time?

Because it’s easier for you to read. (See how I also just used bold text to draw your eyes in?)

The more you consider your formatting, the better your chances are of getting a reader to stick around and see what you have to offer.

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Have you always wanted to create an online course? Have you been inspired by other people who are using online courses to supplement or replace their income in their life? If so, building an online course maybe right for you if you have a specific skill or knowledge of something that could help other people grow.

Most people are put off by the idea of developing an online course, however, because they think it is overwhelming and they assume they need to do everything all at once.

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Is A Facebook Group Right for You?

If you are like me, you will have notice that in the last couple of weeks, a number of really successful Facebook group owners have closed down their group. Many have closed it down permanently. Such as the groups run by Melyssa Griffin. This is a major trend that is becoming more popular for a number of different reasons.

First of all, Facebook groups can be great way to grow your brand and your influence.

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There are lots of businesses you can easily set up with money from backers or a gift.

But what about those of you feeling the entrepreneurial desire without any of the moolah to start it?

It can actually be better to start a business with a zero-dollar budget because you don’t stand to lose much.

If you start your business, hate it, and then close out, the most you’re out is your time.

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Have you ever had a client that pushed your personal boundaries big time? Don’t be ashamed- my hand’s raised on this one, too.

In fact, I once freely gave away my personal cell phone number so clients could contact me. (Don’t worry, that all changed when I had to file a restraining order against one of my first-ever clients who abused this access to leave me threatening voicemails- that was fun!)

In any case,

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