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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 12:04 pm on August 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , business growth, career advice, collaboration, , , , , ,   

    Networking: Is It In You? 

    Being an entrepreneur can take a lot out of you. So maybe the last thing that you want to do is networking. Sometimes (depending on your line of work) networking can be highly important for the success of your business or career. Networking can expand your contact list lead to future sales, expert advice and even business partnerships. But not everyone has the innate ability to network easily and effectively.

    Networking is a skill that can be developed & mastered. Networking isn’t going to come to you you have to get out there and make it work. In networking, being more proactive & more approachable is the key. If you simply just hate networking, well then….you might just have to lose the hatred of networking just to build your business. Sometimes you just got to do what you got to do to build your business. Even if it’s something positive but you hate it.  Just try to do it any way you never know what benefits it will bring for you.

    Invest more time in public networking events & internet social networking. Public networking isn’t the time to just simply hand out your business cards & leave. Even though that might be want you really just want to do. It is a time to socialize & get to know people. Then when the opportunity presents itself & the conversation & timing is right, then pass them your business card or tell someone about your business.

    When you are trying to build your contact list, remember quality is better than quantity. The quality of new contacts is more important than the quantity. Just be selective about who’s information that you collect & who gets your information.

    Attend networking events that attract people in your field of business. become more creative in your conversations with people. You have to peek their interest in your business or product. Try not to use a sales pitch or sound like a commercial but just simply explain to people what it is that you actually do. Don’t say things like, “I am the king of business growth”. Don’t use slogans, people want to know you.  Until you try, you just never know that networking could be one of the best strategies for growing your business. So get out there and talk to people.

    If you can’t bring yourself to talk to people in public bring a friend with you or rehearse a speech to help calm your nerves. Try to be more proactive in networking that’s a good way to help build up your confidence. The main goal in networking is to peek peoples interest into your business or products. You have to build their curiosity and excitement about your business.

    Try not to miss an opportunity to network. You never know when just one new contact can have a huge positive impact on your business’ bottom line.

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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 12:21 pm on April 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , career advice, , , freelancer, , laid off, , , subcontract   

    Many laid-off workers have considered go… 

    Many laid-off workers have considered going into business for themselves. Many of them have already started. Since the job market is tight competitive and crowded, self- employment seems like the next best thing. Since you’ve been laid off into a recession, in the worst job market, you may be thinking self-employment seems like a good way out of unemployment. If you are headed in this direction, a good way to start is by becoming a freelancer or consultant in your field of work. Many self employed entrepreneurs started out this way & have been successful, then many haven’t.

    Before just diving right off into the self-employment circle:

    1. Put Some Fore Thought Into Starting & maintaining a business or just being a freelancer.
    2. Decide what your goals are, what your strategy is & how freelancing or owning a business will help you achieve them.
    3. Thinking about long-term & short-term goals from the start will keep you grounded and help you to determine how to move forward.
    4. When you have a clear understanding of your goals, ask yourself: “What are the specific skills, knowledge, money, resources, information, contacts & support that I need to make it happen?”

    There’s more to business than just putting a sign up and saying: “Hey world, look I’m in business!” There’s a lot that you need to look at and consider. Do not be discouraged, you can start a business or be a freelancer and be successful. It all depends on what you’re trying to do and what you’re great at doing.

    Sometimes starting a business is the best option for many laid-off workers and many of them should’ve started a long time ago. You have to stop and think about a lot of things when starting a business. You really need to take a good look at yourself, your life, do a self-assessment test to see if you have that entrepreneurial gene, entrepreneurial skills. Then if you do, think about how you’re going to get started and where will you get support from.

    You can always seek out consulting advice and for your business, outsource your office management support to help you get started. That could help you in starting a business become a lot easier. Well now….what’s next?

     
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