Today I’m excited to announce an exciting new feature on My Parnasa!
But first, let’s talk about my feelings of hypocrisy.
Here’s the scoop…
Lots of people contact me to ask my business and marketing advice. They hear about me from my blog or conferences or word of mouth. They know that I am really into helping people with their parnasa.
So then they shoot me an email or call me up and ask me to help them with their parnasa.
Good for them!
But then they hear my response…
I’m happy to spend my time answering their questions two conditions:
- I genuinely feel I can help them, based on what I know about their situation
- They pay my consultation fee upfront
That’s right: I don’t give free advice or consultations. (At least not over email or phone – if you corner me at a bar mitzvah or on a park bench, that might be a different story.)
As a good Jewish girl who wants to save the world, it’s not easy to be strict about this.
But I’ve learned that when I say “yes” to everyone, I’m really saying “no” to the people and things that truly need my attention.
Charging a reasonable fee for my services is the best way to limit the amount of consultations I’m doing, while making it worthwhile for my family when I take the extra time to do that. Right now I’m only doing a maximum of two consultations a week, which considering that I’m in the middle of two huge website projects, and some other cool ventures that will be announced soon, is already a stretch.
Besides I give lots of general advice away for free on my blog.
But even with those world-class rationalizations, I’m still not comfortable with the fact that I call myself a “Parnasa Activist,” and yet I will only give personalized advice for a fee.
To be honest, it feels hypocritical.
Last week I decided to find a solution to this: A way to answer questions from the community in a personalized way for free.
So without further ado, I’m happy to launch the new My Parnasa Q&A feature.
You can use this feature any time to ask me questions about web marketing, businesses, blogging, etc. (either with your name or anonymously). I will answer as quickly as possible. The system also allows anyone to get involved in a discussion. I don’t know everything about everything. Feel free to contribute your knowledge in response to a question. You can also vote up answers that you think are helpful (this is a great feature for all you silent lurkers).
A special thank you to two readers who sent me questions and then agreed to be the guinea pigs for this feature:
- Mr. Anon asks what’s the easiest website platform to use, since he finds WordPress intimidating
- Racheli from Isradorm asks how she can get the word out about her very original business model
But before you go read these discussion, I have a question for you to answer:
“How come Naomi won’t answer questions via email or phone, but she is willing to answer them on My Parnasa’s Q&A – even though it takes her the same amount of time?”
This question could have an impact on your own online marketing activities, so I recommend you join the discussion about why this forum exists.
G-d Willing, My Parnasa’s Q&A section will provide guidance and answers for you and many others.