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The decision to hire is a big one.
Whether it’s hiring a contractor, a part-time employee, or bringing someone on full-time, you’re taking a big step in your evolution as a digital entrepreneur.
And while we have to allow for the inevitable mistakes we’ll make on our entrepreneurial journey, it sure does help to get some of the important decisions right the first time. Or, at least, as close to right as we can.
In this week’s episode of The Digital Entrepreneur, Sean and Jessica are joined by Jess Ostroff, the founder of Don’t Panic Management, to provide you with some useful, essential advice on when to hire, how to do it right, and even how to identify when it might be time to let someone go.
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Now here are nine more resources to help you create, sell, and grow.
1. Freelancing is mainstream
Times have changed. While the term “real job” is still used to describe a traditional go-into-an-office-and-work-for-someone-else job, it might be extinct before too long. In this insightful episode of Unemployable, Brian Clark chats with Emily Leach, founder of the Texas Freelance Association, about how far freelancing has come — and where it goes next.
2. Make the Most out of Your Email Marketing
How to know if your email open rates are on track and how to increase yours even if you are.
3. No, all the good niches are not already taken
This is a smart post about how to use keyword research and competitor analysis to help you identify potentially profitable niches.
4. How to create “wow” customer service experiences
While running an early-stage startup is not the same as a digital solopreneurship, the fundamentals of good customer service are similar. This post will give you some good insight into how to create the best customer service experiences possible no matter what stage your business is at.
5. Up for trying out another email hack?
I have to admit: I’m always up for learning a new strategy for managing email better. The concept of the “inbox sort folder” is a new one for me, but it holds some promise. Check it out and see if it’s something you want to try.
6. Reality check
Social media delivers many positive benefits through its ability to connect. But it also offers plenty of bear traps, pot holes, and banana peels. In this post, Sonia Simone delivers some sage advice on surviving the social web.
7. ‘Subscribe with Amazon’ arrives
Well this is an interesting development. Amazon is jumping into the digital subscription game. Worth paying attention to, obviously.
8. Longer than I thought
Quick: what do you think the average lifespan of a website is? Got a timeframe in your head? Did I bias your thinking with my leading headline for this section? 😉 Andy Crestodina and his team did an interesting analysis that can help serve as a guide to let you know how often the top websites undergo redesigns.
9. It begin with you
What better way to end this week that with a short, powerful statement from Seth Godin?
I hope you find these resources to be useful, and that at least one of them helps you take a meaningful step forward during the course of the next week.
Thanks for your attention, and have a great weekend.
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