When you are working from home, the task is far different than if you are working inside an office. You are truly an independent worker. You answer to no one but yourself (well, maybe you answer to your customers!). But when you struggle, and hit your low points, how do you go about finding support for your home business?
First of all, don’t go it alone. Get out there and mingle in the social mixers. Check out the local Chamber of Commerce in your area. Look for events for small business owners. Meet others, network, and share ideas or problems you face. Learn how you can help others – and how they can help you.
Go online and check out some of the social networking websites, like Facebook, LinkedIn or Myspace. Search for other home business owners and join their groups. Post on their pages and gain some exposure. Add friends from the group and send them a short intro about yourself and your business- but don’t sell them! You’ll get flagged as a Spammer and could get banned from these sites permanently.
Another great website, which is new to the Internet, is called MeetUp (http://www.meetup.com). The idea behind this website is that folks in an area can create a group around any theme or idea, and make it their own little social circle. What makes it unique, however, is that it can be used to organize live mixers and events where members can come out and gather together.
As you can see, there are many places online to help you in finding support for your home business. The real trick is the same principle you would use to attract customers into your business – relationship marketing. Many business owners don’t take into consideration just how important it is to interact and network with each other. When folks share a common interest, have a common theme, display a common passion – that is highly contagious and spreads to others like wildfire.
The moral of the story? Never feel like you are completely alone in your journey. You are only alone if you let yourself be alone and don’t seek out the company of others that can understand and relate to your interests. Without question, this is the most effective way of finding support for your home business.
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