Monthly Archives: June 2008
One of the benefits of being a paid up Member of the Rural Meeting Place is to supply content for this Blog area. If you are a member and would like to send me something to put here please do. I am looking for material that will make people aware of you and what you do and that will add value, so some interesting Industry news would be good, info on how you can help readers ease their business pains is definitely of interest as would be news of any Industry awards that you have won or are in the running for will be of interest. Promote yourself and your business through this Blog area. If you have something to tell but do not want to write it let me know and I will put it together for you.Posted in Rural Meeting Place | Tags: Benfits of membership, Members, Rural Meeting Place
At wednesday’s meeting we discussed the merits of walking away from Clients. It was very interesting to discover that the Members present, Sole traders through to the larger business, all were of the same opinion on this matter. Our business is the one in control and not the prospective customer/client. We as individuals decide who we want to do business with and how. The how being whether we credit check the potential client first (a resounding yes), put them on a 30 day account, ask for a deposit up front or just decide not to do business with them at all. The over whelming feeling was that it is far better to take a decision prior to commencement rather than to regret a decision further down the line. All of this considered it was agreed that it is still possible to make mistakes but more bearable when a system had been followed.
Have you had to walk away from a client? How did you deal with it?Posted in Clients | Tags: Clients, Walking away
What is Networking?
The Dictionary definition is: Using contacts made in business for purposes beyond the reason for the initial contact. For example, a sales representative may ask a customer for names of others who may be interested in his product.
In essence it is the art of talking to people with a view to making contacts or procuring business from a trusted source. It does not matter how we do this, a drink after work in the local, over the Internet on a host of reputable Networking sites or in person at a pre-arranged networking event, it all brings the same result of increased business and allegiances with other business contacts who can ‘sell’ your business amongst their contacts. Every business networks in one format or another to produce the same results of increasing business without realising that they are doing it, so, with a little structure added to the mixture, imagine the results that can be achieved.
Corporate Companies are now adding Network Membership fees into their Marketing budget, so it makes sense for the small business to do likewise. In particular, networking is effective for the sole trader, as it gives him/her the opportunity to meet people and to discuss points that they perhaps do not have the answer for, believe me this happens in the bigger Companies as well.
However, for the people who want to come away from a network meeting with a full order book on the first outing, it does not work that way. Perhaps for a printer or a florist this will work but for most businesses it is a matter of getting to know people, what they do and what they are like before the automatic referral process starts to take place.
Some people attend meetings for the simple process of being recognised, rather than to get work, so it varies business by business.Posted in Marketing | Tags: marketing, Networking
Well, I’ve got this far, even though it took a lot longer than 5 minutes!
I have ideas in my head about what I want to achieve with this but I am realistic enough to appreciate that it is not going to happen overnight, however I shall start by talking about marketing and advertising and from time to time I shall probably be showcasing some of our members and their achievements.
I shall be using the parameters of ‘if it feels right do it’ and hopefully you will feel the same.
Now that I have reached this point I have a feeling that the next steps will become easier so will have a think about the next blog and come back soon.Posted in Rural Meeting Place | Tags: blogging, Blogs