Guest Post by Nabukenya Muwonge
Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneur’
It is important to surround yourself with people that support your dreams. You need to have both a personal and a business mentor that can help take you to the next level.
Make sure your network also consist of a list of resources your clients may need outside of your business. It is great to provide resources for your clients to always stay in communication with them.
Affirmation of the Week:
I am happy and healthy
Before I decide what’s for dinner I turn to my handy Groupon, Half Off Depot and Living Social Apps. The ”Deal Site” craze has taken over and has forced us to rethink the idea of paying full price for restaurants and yoga classes.
Just as you search for the best dining deals you now have the opportunity to search for daily deals for your small business. Here are a few deal sites that I have recently found. Happy Shopping!
1. GroupPrice Recently named Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 BrilliantCompanies of 2011. GroupPrice offers B2B deals focused on software and services to help small businesses
2. Rapidbuyr Another great deal site focusing on B2B services offering up to 80% discounts for you to enjoy.
3. Bizy Started in Chicago in March 2011, Bizy offers 50% off business services to assist with the cost of business operations.
Here are a few more to check out:
If you haven’t heard Stiletto Woman Magazine is hosting it’s 3rd Annual Stiletto Woman in Business Award Celebration in Atlanta, March 17, 2012.
This celebration is a one day immersion of inspiration and strategy for women in business.
Mom Entrepreneur of the Year
Website of the Year
Service-Based Business of the Year
Entrepreneur of the Year- Consulting Business Services.
I had the pleasure of meeting Karlena Wallace, CEO of Stiletto Woman Media, at the Stiletto Woman in Business Pre Launch Party in September. She was full of energy and passion and was an inspiration for myself and female entrepreneurs everywhere.
If you are a Stiletto Woman in Business then you do not want to miss this event. Register today and meet women that are dedicated to living their dreams and passions through entrepreneurship. See you there!
Clients will not just fall from trees. Instead of complaining about how much money you do not have or that your phone isn’t ringing, come up with ways to generate income. There are many FREE and basic ideas to help grow your business that we often ignore. The bottom-line, Get Out and Get Working!
1. Host a Workshop.
Reserve space at your local library or coffee shop and offer a workshop on your area of expertise. Be creative and think outside the box. For example if you are an event planner, you could host a workshop on how to create a stunning buffet table or how to decorate for the holidays. This is an inexpensive way to generate leads and promote your brand. It does not have to be an elaborate PowerPoint presentation with all the bells and whistles. It needs to be fun, informative and interactive.
2. Just Ask.
Your current clients are your lifeline. Many entrepreneurs never tap into their client database. You can create a referral program offering discounts on your products or services. You could also send and email thanking them for their support and asking for at least one referral that may need your service. You could double your client base by just opening your mouth.
3. Attend Networking Events.
There are tons and tons of networking events being promoted online. Check out Eventbrite and Meetup groups that offer networking events in your area. Networking is not only to gain leads but it provides an opportunity to meet other business owners to add to your resources. Remember attending is not enough. You need to follow up with each person you meet with an email, phone call or personal card.
Identify other businesses that share your target audience and offer to cross promote their business. You could work together through referrals and grow your network. Do not be afraid to work with other businesses. Make sure you have a referral agreement in place and clear understanding of your objectives.
It doesn’t take a lot of money to come up with creative ideas to build your business. Take a minute to write down a few ideas of your own to start making money today!