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kmom2468 is trying to Be The Blessing!

Own my own business (read all 9 entries…)
Something I might actually make money at?

Even though I LOVE garlic, the viability and money making potential of becoming a garlic farmer seems pretty remote… on the otherhand, I AM a geek. So I’m thinking something more geeky-like: small business disaster recovery/business continuity consultant. I do a certain amount of this combined with project management and technical support in my “day job,” so why not turn it into a business? It IS a topic near and dear to my heart.

Some steps to take:

1. DONE – Set up a business email
2. Make a list of articles for a business blog
3. Make a series of polls for my business blog
4. Write the articles so that I can easily post them every other day or so, even when I am behind
5. Write the “permanent” articles to put on my blog that tells about me, the company, what we do and why you need me
6. Make a list of people who might be potential customers or who might at least review my site and give me some ideas
7. Start my business blog
8. Ask people on the list to review the blog – leave comments, ask questions about the business, reply directly back to me with comments about the site layout and design
9. Design & Print up business cards
10. Design & Print up a post cards
11. Give business card to everyone I see
12. Buy stamps and send post cards to select businesses from the phone book
13. If marketing looks good, get a business license, register with BBB and other formalities of becoming a business

Of course, this is a very simplistic view.

Other things to do in parallel include…
1. Make a business plan
2. Write down my personal goals and my goals for the business
3. Become a total expert in the field



Comments:

kmom2468 is trying to Be The Blessing!

I'm doing it!

This has been very interesting so far! I am a bit scared, but I am having a good time, too. One of my good friends has been very encouraging!

1. DONE – Set up a business email
2. DONE – Make a list of articles for a business blog
3. DONE – Make a series of polls for my business blog
4. Partly Done – Write the articles so that I can easily post them every other day or so, even when I am behind – I will, apparently, need several hundred articles. Only have about 15 so far.
5. DONE – Write the “permanent” articles to put on my blog that tells about me, the company, what we do and why you need me
6. In Progress -Make a list of people who might be potential customers or who might at least review my site and give me some ideas
7. Start my business blog
7. a. Put several articles out over the course of the next 6 months so that people can see that I have a lot of knowledge on the topic and that I have been around for a while
8. Ask people on the list to review the blog – leave comments, ask questions about the business, reply directly back to me with comments about the site layout and design
9. Design & Print up business cards
10. Design & Print up a post cards
11. Give business card to everyone I see
12. Buy stamps and send post cards to select businesses from the phone book
13. If marketing looks good, get a business license, register with BBB and other formalities of becoming a business
14. DONE – start an expense log
15. Start a business journal
16. DONE – reserve a whole USB external drive for this project

Of course, this is a very simplistic view.

Other things to do in parallel include…
1. Make a business plan
2. Write down my personal goals and my goals for the business
3. In Progress – Become a total expert in the field
4. DONE – Enlist the assistance and kindness of strangers and friends
5. Participate in the SCORE program
6. Read lots of books
7. Keep on keeping on!


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