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Summertime, and the marketing ain’t easy

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Summer is here in the Northern Hemisphere, but it seems many of your potential clients are not. When you get the response “I’ll be on holiday until…” one too many times, it’s easy to become discouraged about summertime marketing. But fear not, there’s plenty you can do to build your business in the summer months. Here’s ten cool marketing ideas for what to do while the weather is hot: 1. Network with colleagues. Many of your colleagues may be experiencing a slow time as well. This is the perfect opportunity ... Read More »

How to design an effective business card

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Your company’s business card is extremely important because it is a graphical snapshot of what your business represents. A poorly considered business card may portray you as second-rate, old-fashioned, out of touch or downright slovenly. On the other hand a well designed business card can depict your company as professional, forward thinking and switched on. If you are new to designing business cards we would certainly suggest you consider using a graphic designer. Their knowledge and experience should be invaluable in taking your brief and turning it into an impressive ... Read More »

Networking Introductions – promoting yourself with clarity and confidence

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How do you feel when you have to introduce yourself at a networking meeting? Confident and comfortable? Or nervous, awkward or even mortified? When speaking at a recent networking event, I asked if anyone was feeling, or had previously felt nervous about introducing themselves at a networking meeting. All hands went up. So if that’s you, be assured you are in good company. Many people feel awkward about ‘selling’ themselves. That point at a networking event where you have to stand up and introduce yourself can be daunting. What do ... Read More »

It can be lonely being self-employed – but it doesn’t have to be!

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Running your own business has a number of benefits, but one of the biggest drawbacks can be a  feeling of loneliness and isolation, especially if you have left the corporate world to start up on your own.  Suddenly that infrastructure of supportive colleagues, water cooler conversations and sandwich lunches has gone. No more Christmas parties or Friday nights at the local pub to cement that feeling of belonging.  Before you know it the loneliness has become an unwelcome guest in your new existence. So how do you go from being ... Read More »

Networking Tips for Starting up!

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So now you’ve chosen a career that right for you. What’s next? Our networking tips can help you! It feels great to know what you want to do, but how do you make sure that the opportunities will be there for you when the time comes? The answer is simple… Networking! Relationship building and networking are the key to getting your foot in the door to many careers. Have you ever heard the expression “It’s not what you know, but who you know”? While we’re not saying that your knowledge ... Read More »

10 places to find hot joint venture partners!

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A joint venture is a business agreement where 2 or more businesses come together to pool their resources in order to make a profit. Common joint venture examples are eBooks, webinars, teleclasses and telesummits where the contributors co-author a book or co-present at an event. I recommend joint ventures for my clients as they are a great way to grow your prospect list and to take on new clients. At the same time you can expand your reach to the network or mailing list of your partners, make more money ... Read More »

Networking: more than just chatter

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“I spend a lot of time networking, but I don’t see many results from it.” I hear this complaint frequently from independent professionals who are hoping that their networking activities will produce clients. It used to be that my clients and students would complain about unproductive networking in the form of attending mixers or scheduling coffee meetings. But now I often hear them voice the same dissatisfaction with social networking online. At the same time, many experienced, successful professionals claim that Read More »

Why networking works: 4 simple reasons to get connected

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Networking does work, and yes I am going to be a bit biast on this one as I am Co-Founder of Networking Mummies (www.networkingmummies.com) Back in 2009 I had been speaking online to a lady in an online forum for mums in business. We realised we actually lived around the corner from each other and went to the same toddler group.We met at the toddler group the following week there and on chatting we both had the same thoughts that not only were there no support for Read More »

How to advertise your business on a low budget

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When starting a business it is difficult to put aside an amount for marketing and it’s hard to justify how much should be spent. When I started my business Rentabuggy.co.uk in 2008 I spent a couple of thousand in marketing within the first 6 months but was surprised to find that I didn’t get many results from it. Here are Read More »

Your business & you: pushing past the toddler years

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Starting your own business is one of the most exciting and nerve racking things to do. Deciding to take the plunge and own a business based on what could be your passion, your hobby and possibly your business skills takes a lot of courage, determination and the acceptance of continuous hard work. This article is about what happens in the years after you’ve chosen the type of business you want to have; the market you want to be in and any other tax or legal issues. If you have not ... Read More »

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