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Find a support system (part 1)

29 Nov

You’re not the only self-employed person out there. In the United States, 9.3 million people are full-time self-employed.[i] Another one million do it on the side. People become self-employed for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you’re tired of your current occupation. Perhaps you want to be your own boss. Perhaps you want more money for the same work. I am self-employed and life has never been better.

Find others who do what you want to do. I realize I am not the only computer network consultant in Sacramento, and that is why I meet with my peers every month. I am not the only author in Sacramento, so I meet with others every month. I am not the only self-employed person in Sacramento, and that is why I meet with others almost every week. For whatever profession you choose, you need to find others in the same line of work. View them as teammates. Remember that if you are offering a professional service and not a commodity, they are not your competitors.

Four years ago, I found a group of computer network consultants that meets once a month in Sacramento. The organizers are very successful and volunteer their time to this group. They feel a need to help others in their profession make better decisions. They have nothing to gain. They give and they give and they give, and they expect nothing in return. I have presented various topics at this group’s meetings. I do it for the same reason: to help my peers. We attend these meetings because we know we can share successes and also brutal lessons. By sharing brutal lessons, we can help others identify and avoid similar situations. You need a support system like this. It is a place to share knowledge with others in the same profession.

Mark Anthony Germanos is the author of two books, Escape the Cubicle: How to leave your corporate or government job for something better and How to Make Computer Systems Work for You. He has faith in a slow but sure Sacramento business revival. Sacramento small business owners are leading the way. His second book, Escape the Cubicle, is for those who want to escape cubicle jobs and become successfully self-employed. Escape the Cubicle answers the questions: "How can I grow my business" and "How do I become my own boss."

Mark is the President of Cameron Park Computer Services. As a business owner and computer networking consultant, he has seen habits that successful Sacramento small business owners embrace. He helps Sacramento small business owners embrace those habits to increase their profits, efficiency and happiness. An advocate of Sacramento business revival, Mark believes everybody should run their lives like a small business, perform SWOT Analyses and use social media campaigns to improve business. He used to say “social media is stupid.” That was until he attended a conference and saw how Sacramento small business owners can use social media campaigns as a valuable tool. Since then, he has earned more than $40,000 in business via social media. His Sacramento small business clients also have five-figure returns. Sacramento small business owners that launch social media campaigns give themselves a comparative advantage over those who lag behind. Mark does not do everything, but his clients do receive great results and participate in the Sacramento business revival when they follow his advice.

Mark moved from Chicago and restarted his business in California with a cell phone and a Honda Civic. An active triathlete, he has a life, a dream wife and a dog. For additional details, visit http://markanthonygermanos.com. Twitter: http://twitter.com/markgermanos. Facebook: http://facebook.com/markanthonygermanos. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/markgermanos.

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