The more you contribute to support groups, the more you receive. I see people attend networking meetings and say nothing. They sit in their chairs as if they were at home watching TV. Sometimes they take notes and sometimes they don’t. I wonder what they gain by attending these meetings. I used to do that too, but that changed one day when I presented online backups and reasons why you should back up your data offsite. I discussed disasters such as the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the San Diego fires. I created a good presentation and earned more credibility from everyone attending. I’ve presented additional topics since then and find my stock consistently increasing. I made a higher time and energy commitment to the group, so I get more out of it. I’m sure you will see the same benefits.
Members provide professional services. Members are not selling commodities and therefore do not have competitors. You should find groups of small business owners you can view as teammates who also enjoy a status that you are pursuing. It is not easy out there. You need a support system.
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.