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Can I Help You?
I recently joined BNI, a business networking organisation that specialises in what is known as referral marketing.
I’m in a group with a whole load of other business owners and professionals who meet each week with the aim of making each other more successful.
So far, so dull. What does that mean for you?
What that means is that I have a lot of contacts. Not just the people in my group but the people in other BNI groups (there are literally thousands all over the world).
And what that means for anybody reading this is that if you need someone to do any kind of work, whether a tradesman or a white collar professional, then you can ask me and chances are I will know someone who can help you.
Need a solicitor who specialises in wills and power of attorney? Sarah of Oliver and Co is amazing.
Need any kind of painting and decorating doing, whether it’s an entire estate or your backroom wall? Stephen of SES Painters and Decorators is so good he’s been made a freeman of Chester (true).
Need any kind of insurance? Paul of Paul Murray Insurance Solutions will go more than the extra mile to make sure you get the best deal.
I could go on all day, but you get the picture.
The question you are undoubtedly asking yourself at this moment is the same one I would be, if I were reading this rather than writing it.
How do I know I can trust them?
The answer to that is simple. These people are in the business group because the other people in that group are happy to repeatedly recommend them. It is worth their while staying in the group (one member has been in BNI for 10 years) because they get business from it. If they didn’t do their job properly, people would stop recommending them and they wouldn’t get work from it. It really is as simple as that.
One last thing. Although I really do want to help you, I won’t pretend I’m doing this solely out of the goodness of my heart. The more I introduce the contacts I have to friends, family and colleagues, the more they are likely to recommend me to their friends, family and colleagues.
So by asking me to help you, you are helping me.
So please, ask me. I’m here to help.
Claire House is a Wirral-based children’s hospice which helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life, offering specialist nursing care and emotional support to families in the toughest of circumstances.
Are you running your own business? If so, why?
It’s a serious question, especially if you’re just getting started or just about to.
Whoever you are and whatever you do, chances are there is an organisation you know which would benefit from some extra publicity.
That could be a business you run, a group you are a part of – from the local Brownies troupe to the pub darts team – or a cafe or shop you like to frequent.
Do you have a love/hate relationship with Twitter and Facebook?
If you’re a business owner, then at some point you have undoubtedly been told that you need to be on Twitter and Facebook and probably LinkedIn too. You may well be heartily sick of being told it and be stubbornly refusing to acknowledge that there is any such thing as social media.
I am a professional writer and blogger.
I web design too but much of what business advisers call my “offer” or my “USP” (ie what I can do for you and your business) revolves around the fact that I have lots of experience as a writer.
Let’s get one thing out of the way immediately: I build school websites, so a blog on what school websites should be like could be interpreted by some as a blog about Why Schools Should Use Me To Build Their Websites.
I’m no business expert but I have learned several things since being in business and I thought it would be helpful to others starting their own businesses. I’ve limited it to five because nobody wants War and Peace from a blog entry and because I don’t want to overwhelm anyone.
Graphic design tips don’t come much more basic than keep it simple. In this blog I’ll be explaining why that is my golden rule for any kind of graphic design.
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That was where I ended up recently when I was asked to do some freelance travel writing for Trinity Mirror.