Many businesses start at home, in a spare bedroom, the attic, or the garage. It is easy to settle in and not realize it is time to move out and rent or buy your own office space. Mashable.com has some insights that may help you determine if it is time to fly the coop!
Originally published to TribLocal.com (Chicago Tribune) in Dec. 2011
For business owners, the holidays can be a great time to network and start connecting – or reconnecting – with people and set the stage for business in the coming year. Many companies, trade associations, Chambers of Commerce and other professional groups use the holiday party format as a way to bring people together in a less-than-businesslike environment, to eat, drink and exchange business cards.
Originally contributed to TribLocal (Chicago Tribune) in 2011.
Networking is an important part of business development, especially for small and mid-sized business owners. In addition to creating connections and referrals and generating leads, networking exposes participants to people and information they would otherwise not experience. A networking event is an opportunity to hone one’s communication skills, elevator pitch and brand message. The troubled economy has brought more businesspeople into the networking community. There are all sorts of groups and events. It turns out that the question of which ones to join is not always yours to answer.