A Networking Disaster

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You couldn't make it up - the first networking event I've attended in ages turned into a networking disaster. Firstly there were very few people there - less than 20. And secondly most of the people who were attending were sole traders, or small new business start ups, not my target market of existing companies with 5 or more employees. I did however stick to my principles of networking. I remembered everyones name, asked nice easy open questions and then sat back and listened. The most interesting people I met were a guy who was importing wines from Bulgaria, and the Black Sea region (I've been to this region on holiday in the past - they do have some great wine) Another … [Read more...]

Networking For New Business

Networking For New Business

A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that I’ve cut my expenses to the bone, so that I can live off a monthly budget of £2,000. Any excess earnings over this £2,000 are to go towards reducing my debts. My income is derived solely from my business – which offers business financial support and employee benefits packages on a consultancy basis. The majority of my clients pay me a small monthly retainer which covers my costs of business – and whenever I’m called in to talk to directors or employees I charge on an hourly/package value rate. To be brutally honest – when I’m working – I do a cracking job and offer my clients real value. The main problem being that I don’t have enough clients to … [Read more...]