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Small Business Owner: Lindsay- Web Content Writer

Your Name: Lindsay
Company Name: Self-employed web content writer & site builder
Website(s): Too many to list. is the most recent project

How do you do most of your promotion or marketing?
I target search engine traffic. If I were selling a product online, I would also use Google Adwords or Overture.

What are the most difficult things you've encountered?
It's hard to find time to start your own business. Most of us can't afford to quit our "day jobs"--or aren't willing to give up the security--until we're sure we can make a living at the new enterprise. I hear a lot of people say you need to set aside a certain time each day to work on things. Must be nice to be so organized. I say, take time when you can find it. 15 minutes here and there adds up. Do your brainstorming in the shower, in the car, in line at the grocery store, etc. so that when you do get a few minutes to sit down and work, you have it all planned out.

What are your top 3 promotion tips?

  1. Don't try to be everything and do everything. Find a niche, become an expert, and figure out what you can do better than your competition.
  2. Know your target audience.
  3. Regional targeting is the next thing for web-based advertising. Don't think just because you are a brick & mortar business, you can't get customers through search engines and web advertising.

Are there any other things you wish you had done differently?
Not really. I've made some mistakes and lost some money, but if I hadn't made them, I wouldn't be any wiser now. My biggest advice would be only to get involved with things that interest you. If your business isn't about something you derive fulfillment from, you might as well stay in the factory knocking out cogs & widgets.

What tips would you like to pass along to others?
Yes, it's a cliche, but leave yourself time to enjoy life and pursue your passions. Time is more valuable than money, and some sacrifices aren't worth making.