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dreamdoctor

And - crucial to your business's integrity is to remember that while you may have financial obligations that have to be met associated with overhead, taking projects just to make money to meet those obligations can sink your ship from a reputation standpoint. Heaven forbid a client senses you have to have the business and directs you to do things you do not feel comfortable with but you are in a bind between paying bills and your firm's future and ethical integrity. I am in no hurry to grow becasue of this. And I've seen employees and rent etc eat up a principle's livelihood - they end up making more than them and their pay is "guaranteed" while yours is not. . Better know the business side of your business before growing too big or to fast. Not fun to clean out and office or lay people off in an economic down turn.

Regardless of how good things seem to be going don't get careless or arrogant. My uncle would tell me big risks, big rewards - he worked for a large company. Big risks also make for epic failures - I don't have a government to bail me out. Companies do stupid things in desperate times - god forbid you would have stock holders deciding company direction.

   
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Delano Designs

How do you determine what others in your area are charging. People generally keep that info. to themselves and don't share it.

   
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dreamdoctor

I don't care what anybody else is doing in general - call me and I'll tell you. Transparency and honesty usually go together. "If you want to lead the orchestra, turn your back on the crowd." My business motto.

   

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