I first came across 4Networking in autumn 2007 and quickly realised that as well as being a great way to expand my contact list and make sales, it’s about so much more – support, friendship and fun. You can join in online for free, but combining the online forum with the real life breakfast meetings is a very powerful way of marketing your business.
When I’m not here the guys at JAM answer my phones. I’m signed up to their Answer pay as you go service, which is fab – very easy to use, no set up fee, a low cost for any calls they answer and a very professional service. It means I can get my messages by email and SMS and my callers never have to talk to an answer machine again!
A truly unique and original book about starting your own business, Get Off Your Arse, by 4Networking MD Brad Burton, will not give you the blueprint to business success but will motivate you to get off your arse and do something – anything – to make sure that you do the best you can.
Concise Training offer IT training in bite-sized chunks over the internet. Courses cover everything from MS Office and business software to using Twitter and other social networking sites. I did some training on LinkedIn and found the service friendly and professional, tailored to my needs and incredibly useful.
Dropbox is a fantastic way for you to share files – either by allowing you to access your own files from any computer you own (or indeed in internet cafes etc) or by letting you share files with colleagues, friends and family. The free account gives you 2GB of space which should be plenty if all you want to do is access files from your PC, laptop or phone.
My daughter recently sorted out all my cards and put them in a spreadsheet for me … and she’s happy to do the same for you! Simply email her for details.