Businesses - Leisurely Dining Or Fast FoodWritten by Chuck and Sue DeFiore
It occurred to me other day, that so many people today liken their businesses to way they eat - fast. Think about it. All over web we are inundated with... make $1000's of dollars a day, make $10,000 a month, make a million by end of year. Everyone is looking for magic formula or magic bullet to get rich quick...fast. They want their business to succeed in time it takes to get their hamburger or chicken sandwich. No wait, no delay of gratification. I want it now, and I want it without having to work at it. I want to sit back and rake in dollars, my way.
Those of us who have been on web for past six years, realize that just like businesses we ran off web, a web business takes time to grow. It is not fast food, but instead like an five course dinner. We start with drink, business idea, then go to appetizer, business name, mission statement and business plan, then first course, formalized plan, second course, strategies to market our business, main course, everyday running of business, and then comes dessert, moneys, we so richly deserve.
Networking 1Written by Chuck and Sue DeFiore
As a new business owner you must wear many hats.
You will need knowledge of accounting, marketing, advertising, management, administration, inventory, sales, etc., in addition to knowledge pertaining to your industry. Since you may be very proficient in some of these areas, but not in others, reading and learning about these other areas is imperative. Of course, question is, when do I find time. This is where networking comes in. Your network of contacts is your support group for areas in which you need help. Determine what areas you need help in and locate a networking group, support group or make a list of contacts you need and make them yourself. There are also Home Business Clubs in many areas. The SBA is another source, but be careful, we've heard too many complaints about mentors in SBA program. However, you might find them adequate for your needs. Look at local groups and ask before you join if areas you need help in are represented. You can then call these individuals before a sales presentation, run client presentation by them, and see what they think. They should be able to help you over rough spots. Be sure to reciprocate when one of these individuals calls you about your area of expertise. Networking is not a one-way street.