I’ve got a huge update from all of us at about.me: we’ve been acquired!

We’re excited to announce that as of today we’re joining Broadly, a venture-backed startup that shares our passion for small businesses. Broadly helps local businesses attract new customers and provide exceptional end-to-end customer interactions through one simple app.

We think we make a pretty strong pairing, given our shared focus on helping entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others to promote themselves, begin capturing leads, and start running themselves like a business.

What does that mean for us? Our team is now part of Broadly, and together…

An independent professional’s key to personal marketing success.

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Personal marketing is not something that most independent professionals claim to enjoy. I’ve heard everything from “it’s awkward” to “it’s hard” and I get it — it can take a lot of time, quite a bit of vulnerability and nonstop resilience.

Promoting yourself can be uncomfortable.

But it doesn’t have to be difficult.

With the right strategy and tools in place, your personal marketing can be amplified without having to spend extra time and effort to get the same results.

One powerful tool you can set up in just a few minutes is a landing page that calls for action.

What to include and how, for a powerful online presence.

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In today’s world, the word “online presence” gets thrown around in different contexts and can mean a variety of things — how active you are across social channels, how many profiles you have, what kind of reputation you have online, the list goes on.

At about.me, we like to think of your online presence as the way you present yourself online.

“How does someone perceive me based on what they find about me online?”

If a potential employer were to read through your tweets, would they have a good impression of you?

If a prospective client were to see your…

3 different strategies, plus the one that works best!

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Someone looking for the exact kind of thing you have to offer stumbles upon your page online. They’ve never heard of you, they’re not sure if you’re legit, or if they can trust you.

Then they see it — the words between two quotation marks, singing your praises. And that’s all they needed to be convinced that they want to work with you.

How do you get that kind of testimonial…the kind that is so well-written and persuasive, it could move mountains?

There’s more to it than a simple ask.

3 kinds of testimonial requests

There are 3 different ways to ask for a testimonial…

Do the testimonials on your website pass this test?

We recently sent out an email to our users that contained a made-up testimonial.

It was purposefully generic and meant to be used as sample text when trying out a new Pro feature.

“[NAME] is a talented go-getter, always adding value. Throughout our lasting work relationship, [NAME] has brought professionalism, creativity, and optimism. Looking forward to continuing on a path of success with this stellar individual. A true team player! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

To our surprise, this email created quite a stir — some excitement, some anger, but mostly confusion.

The reason:

As we wrote it, we meant for it to be…

By guest contributor, Georgette Eva

When you’re your own boss, number one employee, and right-hand-person, it’s sometimes hard to stay motivated.

It happens. It’s hard to self-motivate constantly, and as freeing as freelancing can be, keeping yourself on task (along with all of the other things you’re doing to run your own business) can be difficult in itself.

Happily, freelancing today is made much easier with apps to keep you on task, strengthen your focus, and keep you accountable. Here are a few apps that will keep that laser-like focus — okay, productive, human focused — while working on your own.

Try the Pomodoro Technique with Focus Keeper

If you haven’t heard…

By guest expert, Zac Choi

Taking the leap and working for yourself can be a daunting experience.

Where do you begin? What tools do you need (or not need) to get things going?

While my expertise as a business consultant is revenue growth and workflow science (basically how to increase income and decrease cost), my passion is to build tools for and to share best practices with those who want to work for themselves.

In the last year, I studied what successful, modern solo professionals — from insurance to beauty to design to IT to real estate and beyond — did to prepare for their…

Freelancing is much more than getting paid to do what you’re good at.

You’re also a marketer, business manager, and maybe even an accountant, all at the same time.

As a freelancer, you’re running the show. Knowing how to manage your time and money becomes even more important so that you can focus on what matters: your work.

But you can’t forget about all of the other (not-so-fun) stuff if you want to have a successful freelance business.

We want to help you get to the next level.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with AND CO, an invoicing, contracts, and payments app for freelancers and independent contractors to create a FREE all-encompassing guide…

Welcome to the glamourous life of being a founder — a life where you’re the first to be blamed and last to be paid, first in the office and last one out. It’s pretty amazing though isn’t it?

To help you out, here are three time management tips that can help you navigate the life of a first-time entrepreneur. Two of these tips are from hustle-gurus while the third is my own practice. Let’s get started!

Work Smarter Not Harder

“Don’t find customers for your product. Find products for your customers.”
— Seth Godin

There’s a scene in Objectified in which a team of industrial designers is shown designing garden shears. Two or three New York MFA-types stand around a conference table discussing a prototype: where on the hand the shears will create friction, whether the grip is comfortable enough, whether the angle of the shears is correct and so on. That the delicate hands of an industrial designer are different from the callused hands of the average landscaper doesn’t seem to occur to them. …


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