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Bidsketch — Create better proposals in half the time.

Bidsketch — Create better proposals in half the time. | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
Create better proposals in half the time.
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An interesting blog about pricing and design proposals strategies.

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JESS3 - Blog / The Many Roles of Producers, as Told by JESS3

JESS3 - Blog / The Many Roles of Producers, as Told by JESS3 | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
Today we wanted to talk about production and what that can mean. The biggest challenge here is that the term “producer” is a bit of a catch-all. We could bore you with the various exploits that our team wrestles with everyday.
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Employee Productivity: Do More By Taking On Less and Focusing on the Few Things that Matter | Business 2 Community

Employee Productivity: Do More By Taking On Less and Focusing on the Few Things that Matter | Business 2 Community | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
I have probably had 10 conversations over the last couple of weeks that involve me trying to get individuals, teams, or companies to take on fewer...
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What Should You Do With A Dying Industry: Run or Reinvent - Small Business Trends

What Should You Do With A Dying Industry: Run or Reinvent - Small Business Trends | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
Things change. The business owner knows that better than any one.  Change can alter the impact of your company. And if it’s not the kind of change that you’re looking for, it can kill your bottom line.
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Marketing Is Dead

Marketing Is Dead | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
In our social media-infused world, traditional marketing logic just doesn't work.
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Tim Ferriss On How To Start Your Side Business

People tend to think they have to choose between being employed and being an entrepreneur.
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Top 10 Qualities of a Project Manager

Top 10 Qualities of a Project Manager | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
Top 10 qualities of a project manager. What qualities are most important for a project manager to be effective?
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A VC: MBA Mondays: Retaining Your Employees

A VC: MBA Mondays: Retaining Your Employees | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
I hate to see employees leave our portfolio companies for many reasons, among them the loss of continuity and camaraderie and the knowledge of how hard everyone will have to work to replace them. Many people see churn of employees in and out of companies as a given and build a recruiting machine to deal with this reality. While building a recruiting machine is necessary in any case, I prefer to see our portfolio companies focus on building retention into their mission and culture and reducing churn as much as humanly possible.
There isn't one secret method to retain employees but there are a few things that make a big difference.
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12 Negotiation Tips Freelance Writers Can Use to Earn More

12 Negotiation Tips Freelance Writers Can Use to Earn More | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
When a prospect offers you a freelance writing gig, do you find yourself nearly jumping up and shouting, Yes! Me! ...
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Use Three-Part Lists to Communicate - Management Tip of the Day - June 19, 2012 - Harvard Business Review

Use Three-Part Lists to Communicate - Management Tip of the Day - June 19, 2012 - Harvard Business Review | How do you manage? | Scoop.it

Lists of three are an old trick of effective persuasion. They distill any message into key takeaways. These lists work because most people can remember three things, and three of anything sufficiently provides proof of a pattern. Next time you need to deliver an important message, divide it into three parts. You can openly announce your three-part list, as in “There are three things we need to do to get our bottom line back into the black,” or they can be more subtle, as in “We have the best product on the market. We have the best team. Yet we did not make the sales target.”

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Your Startup’s Pricing Strategy

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Every SaaS business must to decide how to charge for the service. Pricing plans are some of the most difficult decisions to make. Equally important to the price is determining the point at which the customer pays – the conversion point.

There are a few different models that seem to work: up front payment, freemium, limited free trials, money back guarantee. Picking the right one depends on a number of different factors. Below is a table that summarizes what I’ve seen work at various companies.

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9 Deadliest Start-up Sins

9 Deadliest Start-up Sins | How do you manage? | Scoop.it

Whether your venture is a new pizza parlor or the hottest new software product, beware: These nine flawed assumptions are toxic.

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How CEOs Stay So Productive

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“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”-–Paul J.
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AIGA | Marketing yourself and finding good clients

AIGA | Marketing yourself and finding good clients | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
One of my biggest worries in the design business
is where the next client will come from. It was a worry when I started, and
it’s a worry seven years later—albeit to a much lesser degree.
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The Office Life .com >> The Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary >> A

The Office Life .com >> The Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary >> A | How do you manage? | Scoop.it

Do you wonder where your co-workers picked up all the ridiculous things they say? From fresh-faced interns to top management, everyone drops one of these gems occasionally. We can only hope that you're not here to actually add these buzzwords to your vocabulary.

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Master your elevator pitch and win more design clients

Master your elevator pitch and win more design clients | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
The most common technique of mastering how to talk about your business is called an elevator pitch. If you’re unfamiliar with the idea, here’s where it basically comes from:

Imagine you were on vacation or downtown and you met a potential investor, client, business partner, etc. on an elevator ride. You’d only have a few floors (a matter of 30-60 seconds) to explain your company, make an impression, leave them with a call to action, and hand them a business card. In the business world, they teach you to always have an elevator pitch ready.

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6 Strategies to Help You Find a Product to Sell – James Caldwell

6 Strategies to Help You Find a Product to Sell – James Caldwell | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
While you’re brainstorming various niches and products to sell, there are a lot of important things to consider. Here are 6 strategies to help you find a product to sell: ...
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Infographic: How To Destroy Your Productivity - DesignTAXI.com

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Infographic: How To Destroy Your Productivity - DesignTAXI.com...
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AIGA | 8 Tips for Keeping Your First Design Job

AIGA | 8 Tips for Keeping Your First Design Job | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
Having your first bona fide
design job at a well-respected firm or agency can be an
exhilarating and stressful experience. These eight tips will help you keep—and excel at—your new job.
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Becoming a better entrepreneur

Becoming a better entrepreneur | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
1. Be the first to offer a product or service in the market. Be an inventor.

2. If you can’t be the first, then be the best.

3. Be holistic and rather than just atomistic

4. Find your passion, and when you find it, be passionate about it.

5. Be bold. Be a deeper diver. Explore the ocean; investigate the tips of the icebergs. In other words, explore places or opportunities where no one is exploring.

6. Don’t stop innovating, until your reach the ultimate form of sophistication, that is, simplicity.

7. Make more sacrifices and wait longer.

8. Be prepared to pass on failures, financial problems, and criticisms.

9. Be unbreakable and flexible. Learn how to set allowances and margin of errors.

10. Orient yourself to become customer-oriented and people-oriented.

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5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated

5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
On the art of moving words that move people.
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Set Prices that Benefit Everyone - Management Tip of the Day - June 21, 2012 - Harvard Business Review

Set Prices that Benefit Everyone - Management Tip of the Day - June 21, 2012 - Harvard Business Review | How do you manage? | Scoop.it

Pricing shouldn’t be used to extract the maximum value from every transaction. Customers can feel the squeeze from these practices and may even lash out. Instead, create shared value with customers by using the following pricing principles:
Focus on relationships, not transactions. Use pricing to communicate that you value your customers as people, not as wallets.
Put a premium on flexibility. Resist the urge to set rigid prices. There is no “right” price. Instead, design pricing so it can change in response to shifting consumer needs.
Be fair. Make sure your prices meet customers’ expectations and that the pricing process is clear. Be transparent about the rationale behind your prices.

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Christoph Niemann: Insecurity Is Essential to Great Design

Christoph Niemann: Insecurity Is Essential to Great Design | How do you manage? | Scoop.it
Inside the mind of one of today's finest visual communicators.
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How to Stand Out in a Crowded Market | Beaker Magazine

How to Stand Out in a Crowded Market | Beaker Magazine | How do you manage? | Scoop.it

To win, you don’t have to be the first to market, just make the best product that meets the needs of your customers. Here are seven ways to stand out, whether you’re pre-launch or recently raised a Series A.

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