Small Business Networking

Expand Your Business Capabilities without Hiring New Employees

All independent professionals and small business owners reach a point at which they realize the options are grow bigger or stagnate. For some, whether it is due to budget, risk aversion, logistics or other constraints, hiring more full-time employees may not be a viable option. To prevent stagnation at this precarious phase of business development, consider the value of … [Read more...]

Your Book, Perhaps the Ultimate Leave-behind Marketing Piece

When you’re out at networking events, or when you meet a prospective client for the first time, you probably make sure to leave something behind so that the person you’re talking to remembers you and knows how to contact you. Many of you probably keep a stack of business cards with you at all times for exactly this purpose. Business cards are a great tool, especially at … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Events More Fun (and More Profitable)

One of the best ways to build your business and to establish yourself within your community is to hold an event and invite the major players as well as the audiences who admire them. You can set this up in a number of ways, from a small and intimate conference to large and extravagant conventions. Those decisions will all depend upon your budget, how much time you have, etc. … [Read more...]

Why You Should Join a Professional Organization

If you could join a group that would offer you opportunities to learn and grow in your industry and to meet other small business professionals, would you do it? As a small business owner, you should consider joining a professional organization. By definition, a professional association is a group that brings together people with an interest in advancing in a particular … [Read more...]

How to Advance Your Career: Utilizing a Temp Agency

Temping is no longer just for college students or for the long-term unemployed who just need something to pay the bills. Temping and, more importantly, working with temporary staffing and/or placement agencies, can be a great way to boost your career and the business you’re trying to start up. How does this work? Here are some examples: Varying Commitment Perhaps the best … [Read more...]

How to Network When You’re Not Exactly an Extrovert

As a full time freelance writer, I spend a majority of my time in my home office alone. In fact, truth be told, I get a little anxious when I get a new client or colleague that wants to meet via phone or Skype. There’s just something about that direct one-on-one contact that puts me a little on edge and makes we want to retreat a little. Sound familiar? Here’s the good news – … [Read more...]

Top 3 Small Business Forums to Consider Joining This Year

Whenever you are in business for yourself, questions typically arise. From how to design your website for maximum conversion to how to fund your latest venture and everything in between, sometimes it is nice to just be able to reach out to others in the field and get their opinion about what you should and shouldn’t be doing. And what better place to do that than in a forum … [Read more...]