I have worked for myself for more than 15 year and I love the work. So what have I learnt?
- I love working when I want. This flexibility doesn’t mean I don’t work hard. It sometimes means working outside the 9-5. This comes with its challenges.. the lines between when the work day finishes and ends is sometimes blurred. Its important to have boundaries… I have written blogs on this.
- I don’t enjoy managing my cash flow so I joined forces with my business partner in Anywhere Business and he helps me to understand how to do this better. I have learnt that I like working with others so I took the opportunity to work in partnership with a friend. We have totally different businesses but we are both learning about promoting our businesses online so it made sense to support each other and share the load and the cost.
- I like working with others and exchanging ideas. This can be difficult when you are in business alone. I enjoy the interaction of ideas though collaboration. I joined Toastmasters to learn new skills and gain confidence. I found a mentor in my local business association. I spoke to friends and family and finally I searched the internet for ideas. . In my search for ways to grow my business online through collaboration I found an online training program that gives me just that. I was very sceptical at first. There was a free trial so I gave it a go. There are modules to work through and online webinars I can attend live or listen to when I can. I can do it at my own pace in my own time. I now have a huge community of people learning like I am who I am talking to and learning from who are all over the world. I also love to hear about all their businesses and what they do.
Not long after I joined SFM I spoke to Andrew (Anywhere Business Network partner) who lives in another town about 5 hours from me, about how it was helping me. We have worked together before on a big project. We knew we worked well together. I often collaborated with him via Skype about my business so I knew how he thought, how he worked. We decided to pool resources and be business partners at SFM. Anywhere Business Network was born and we now share all we have learnt with you. We hope you will find inspiration from us and start to collaborate with us or others in the same way for the benefit of your business.
We have developed some free planning tools to get you started but we recommend you join SFM too so you can learn how to operate your business confidently on the digital world. Maybe you know a friend who might join you or maybe you are happy to begin alone and see how it goes first.
We hope you gain a lot from us though this website. Watch the free video and sign up for the free trial and find out if it is right for you.
It has been our experience that those who invest in online training and marketing using a mentor have seen the best results.