Just passing through …

  It’s ‘that’ time again David … What’s that you mean Charlie? I’m seeing a lot of interest in our business forum lately, much activity from those looking for the quick fix, you know, those out distributing the business cards, looking specifically for the next order, something to fill the hole. Hunters? We see lotsContinue reading “Just passing through …”

Let’s look after our mates …

Over the years I’ve discovered that success is powered by three things: The formula for success = your human capital (what you know) multiplied by your social capital (who you know) times your reputation (who trusts you.) You can take away all my money and even my customer list, but if I can keep my ‘smarts,’ my business relationships and reputation,Continue reading “Let’s look after our mates …”

I remember you!

Networking works, yet for some, it simply does not. Reputations, integrity through your business community greatly influences your opportunity for success, so there is a little work to do once we decide we’re going to give this networking thing a go … most of us wish to be seen in the best light. I wonder ifContinue reading “I remember you!”

Make it special …

    I really don’t know how to pitch the room today, Charlie.  Do as you usually do Tom, continue the education, enlightenment. Should I tell them about the new business I’m thinking about, after all the presentation is only a couple of minutes and I’ve plenty of main business just now, should I dropContinue reading “Make it special …”

What then?

  ‘What’s so good about networking Charlie?’ It’s been a few years since I started my blog and most of you have been extremely tolerant of my persistent business focus, thanks for that. I’m very happy that some of what I’ve shared has been useful as well and in answer to that question – ‘what’s soContinue reading “What then?”

Fail sometimes. It’s ok.

  So how about a salesperson Sally? Who looks after sales within your organisation?? Employ someone? Where am I going to get a salesperson that understands my business, Charlie? Fair comment I thought to myself, we’ve all asked the same question. I knew that Sally was a sole trader and the question from me wasContinue reading “Fail sometimes. It’s ok.”

It’s here, right in front of us …

Yes, people do indeed buy from people Charlie, especially those with a distinctive, unique selling proposition. That special something within that we cannot find elsewhere. Isn’t that the point David, we all carry our own USP, don’t we? The unique selling person? Agreed, but not all of us put the work in to be able toContinue reading “It’s here, right in front of us …”

How do you do that?

While enjoying several years of Networking Northumberland I’d (almost) chosen to disregard the fact that I’ve spent 25 years in business this year!  That was until I was asked what would be the most important words I would give anyone ‘starting out’ today in the world of self-employment? I thought to myself … how much time do youContinue reading “How do you do that?”

You, want to help me?

Yes Ian, I know someone who can help you with that … My friend had expressed a need for a specific kind of business support. With my offer being anything but extraordinary, I was somewhat taken aback with the reply: You do? But, why would you want to help me? I quickly explained that helpingContinue reading “You, want to help me?”