Into Every Life a Little Rain Must Fall - Part 2

Written by Elena Fawkner

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"Dear Rosemary:

Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed meeting you at last week's trade association mixer. I am particularly interested in your ideas for expanding intorepparttar export market. [Seerepparttar 117950 importance of writing notes onrepparttar 117951 back ofrepparttar 117952 card.] I have some thoughts of my own that may help you. I look forward to catching up with you again soon.


Jack Horner"

=> Maintaining Contact

Then, about two weeks later, call Rosemary and suggest a lunch or breakfast meeting to explore waysrepparttar 117953 two of you could refer each other business.

Invite people you have met to attend social functions such as cocktail parties or other networking events.

Make it a point to make contact with every one of your contacts about every two months or so. This could take any number of forms, you need not always invite people to meet. Sometimes sending someone a clipping of an article of mutual interest or a cartoon that you think they will enjoy is all you will do. Other times, you may want to suggest lunch if you haven't seenrepparttar 117954 person for several months.

=> Working Your Network

Over time, by followingrepparttar 117955 above steps, you will develop a sizeable network and an organized way maintaining contact on a systematic basis will become essential.

Establish a system whereby you perform a set number of network development tasks a day, preferably atrepparttar 117956 same time of day. For example, you could set aside an hour first thing every morning to do your networking tasks. Let's say you have 200 contacts in your network and you want to make contact with each of these contacts at least once every two months. At this rate you will need to contact five people every day (200 contacts divided by 40 working days). All you have to do is make five phone calls between 9:00 am and 10:00 am and you're done. Or, you could make three phone calls, send one note enclosing a copy ofrepparttar 117957 latest article you wrote for an industry publication and meet one person for breakfast or lunch.

Some days you will have both breakfast and lunch plans with someone from your contact list. Don't forget you can also kill two birds with one stone by inviting more than one person to lunch. Bring together people from your network who don't already know each other but who could help each other. Who knows who these people know that you haven't met yet?

You getrepparttar 117958 idea.


As you can hopefully see by now,repparttar 117959 key is to keep in regular contact with your network on a consistent basis. Over time, these contacts will become a rich source of referral business for you and your business will grow in leaps and bounds as a result.

Elena Fawkner is editor of A Home-Based Business Online ... practical home business ideas for the work-from-home entrepreneur.!FLM

Eggs, Baskets and Multiple Streams of Income

Written by Elena Fawkner

Continued from page 1

Mayberepparttar solution is to do EVERYTHING part-time.

Let's say you work full-time in paid employment and you run an online business in your spare (part-)time. Let's also say that your salary is low enough that, if you just had enough time to devote to it, you're pretty sure you could ramp up your online business torepparttar 117949 point that you were generating more profit from every hour you devote to it than if you spent that same time working in your paid job.

Now, some would decide that at that point they'd quit their day job and just work on their business full-time. That may be a good option. IF you can be sure that your business is going to succeed overrepparttar 117950 longer term. But it ignoresrepparttar 117951 fact that you don't really know what's aroundrepparttar 117952 corner and by giving up your day job you've also just given up your financial cushion (your "insurance" if you will).

And if you decide to do away with your business because you figure if you devote your time and energy into working even harder and longer hours for your employer you'll get a promotion and more money, if you lose your job you're screwed because you don't haverepparttar 117953 financial cushion of your business as insurance.


So what'srepparttar 117954 answer? Work both your job and your business part-time so that, together, they add up to full-time. If (and this is an important "if" if cash flow is tight)repparttar 117955 extra time you have to devote to your business will result in a commensurately greater financial return than would workingrepparttar 117956 same hours in your job (make sure you runrepparttar 117957 numbers to be sure this isrepparttar 117958 case - if not, start a more profitable business!) this can be a viable option. Even if it yieldsrepparttar 117959 same return (or maybe even a little less) it may still be worth considering as sort of an insurance policy against being laid off.

Likewise, an employer that's struggling in a soft economy and facing having to lay off staff may well welcomerepparttar 117960 option of converting you to a part-timer withrepparttar 117961 resultant reduction in payroll and overheads.

Such a situation can be a win-win for all concerned. (And if you're a parent of young children, I hardly need to point outrepparttar 117962 lifestyle advantages and reduction in child care costs.)


So, if you're still looking for The Answer, your Big Break, The One, STOP. Stop thinking in terms of "ones" and start thinking in terms of multiples. Multiple part-time ventures (and don't limit yourself to just one part-time job and one part-time business,repparttar 117963 best combination for you may be two part-time jobs and one part-time business - whatever works) which, when added together, bring in just as much or more income than your J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) and minimize your risk fromrepparttar 117964 vagaries of forces and events over which you have no control.

Just as investment advisers warn investors not to place all their eggs in one basket, so too you should avoid relying on just one golden goose. Get a flock of 'em!

Elena Fawkner is editor of A Home-Based Business Online ... practical home business ideas for the work-from-home entrepreneur.

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