Tag Archives: Professional appearance

Let’s Get Professional.

Whether starting or expanding a business, we sometimes make decisions that seem like a good idea. Only later do we discover that we should have brought in a professional who was more knowledgeable about the subject.  Read More...

Standing Out

While this FAST COMPANY article, “Simple Tips to Help You Stand Out on Etsy,” was written for those businesses who sell goods on the site, the tips provided by Kimm Alfonso, the director of seller development at Etsy, are appropriate for all of us. Read More...

Beware of Web Developers

It’s Buyer Beware when it comes to web developers! There’s a bit of mystery involved with designing a good site, coding it properly and making sure your search engine optimization is correct. When we are asked to give a quote on revising or redesigning a website, we do research. What we see when we look at your source code and check out your optimization is frustrating. And when we look at the directories? Well, it gets worse. The point is, what you don’t know, CAN hurt you – or at least hurt your business. So make sure, whoever you’re talking to, that you get the whole picture. Here are some tips. Read More...

Putting Things Off

Clearly, it sometimes works to put things off. My inbox is the perfect example. There are some email requests that are going to take a while to answer and don’t really help move my business forward. I find that if I just sit on them for a few days the request simply goes away. Read More...

Does Networking Work?

his is my year to network. While going through chemo last fall, I was able to keep up with my clients and service them properly, but I just didn’t have the energy to network. You know how it is. . .when you’re networking you have to be ON. You should be energetic and engaged. And boy, I just couldn’t do it. So I finally gave it up and made a plan to network in 2013 to build the business.

I’ve been to many events this year.
And I have to admit, I get a perverse pleasure out of watching some of my fellow networkers. It’s sort of like people-watching at the beach. So very fascinating. Some people are just clueless. Others are in your face.

Networking for results.
If you want relationships that work, keep it genuine. What you really want to do when you’re networking is to be interested in the person you are talking to. Listen. You learn a lot. What you do, or what the person to whom you are speaking does, really doesn’t matter. If you can engage in a conversation with someone and find that you have some mutual interests, you are networking effectively. Read More...

Working For Yourself

At a recent networking function, I was impressed with a mortgage broker who works for a very large company. Here he was, intermingling with small businesses and sole proprietors. He was also there to learn more about how he could grow his own accounts. For all intents and purposes, he sees himself as the sole owner of his business. Smart thinking. Read More...

Working For Yourself

At a recent networking function, I was impressed with a mortgage broker who works for a very large company. Here he was, intermingling with small businesses and sole proprietors. He was also there to learn more about how he could grow his own accounts. For all intents and purposes, he sees himself as the sole owner of his business. Smart thinking. Read More...