Are You Networking Enough?

By Carol A. Gooch, M.S., LPC, LCDC, LMFT

Here's a question I often get: Where should I network to get the most leads? That is the wrong question.

Networking is not about getting. It's about meeting, engaging, establishing rapport, finding common ground and giving. Networking works if you make a strategic plan, target people and places, allocate the time, prepare before you go, and do it consistently.

5 types of networking

1. Attending and participating in events.
2. Being in charge of an event and bringing people together.
3. Being in charge of a group or association.
4. Speaking at a local or national event, and being the star of the show.
5. Volunteering in your community.

3 Steps to Protect your Small Business: Incorporation, Contracts and Insurance

By Leigh K. Freeman, Small Business Attorney

“An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure” – Benjamin Franklin

Small business owners face many of the same legal issues as big corporations, but have a fraction of the resources to devote to them. Many times, a lawsuit could have been avoided, or substantially diminished, had the business employed a sound legal strategy at the outset. There are three main steps that small business owners can employ which provide the most bang for your buck in terms of mitigating risk. They are:

Women Finding Financial Independence

Submitted by Ally M. Grounds, Client Services Coordinator, Global Financial Partners

People form a unique relationship with their finances. Having a healthy relationship with your finances is more than the dollars and cents in your account. It’s about educating yourself and understanding the goals you want to accomplish in the future. It’s also about being able to adapt and react with control when your life changes course. Women face distinctive challenges as they build future wealth.

Challenges women commonly face include earning less, living longer, investing later, burdens of caring for loved ones, and divorce.

Women make less than their male counterparts. This can affect how much a portfolio is worth in retirement, because women are saving less. Betterment states, “2018, white women make 77 cents for every dollar that men make. African American women make 61 cents on the dollar, and Hispanic women earn just 53 cents on the dollar.”

Building Relationships that Lead to Business and Career Success

By Leslie Grossman

1. Meet 2–3 people - not 10+ - at networking events.

When you attend networking events, instead of running a race to meet and give your business card to as many people as possible, make it your goal to meet and converse in depth with just a few people to learn about their business or career. If you have a common connection, arrange to meet them after the event for coffee or lunch where you can begin to build a real relationship that could be mutually beneficially for your businesses or careers.

Why Home Care

Submitted by Jamie Meche MS CCC-SLP, Comforts of Home

Choosing a home care company to take care of your senior parents’ needs might be a tough decision to make. You may also find it increasingly difficult to make them agree to help at home. Nevertheless, home care for your parents is essential when you can’t look after them 24/7 and it has its benefits. Let us see what:

Personalized Care

In-home caregivers are trained to provide personalized care at home to elders. They are experienced and professional in their services and the company ensures that the individual needs of the elder are matched with the caregiver that is sent to the house.

Five Essentials for First Time Managers

Submitted by Sylvia Hepler

Create a positive mindset toward management. Understand that what you believe deep inside lays the foundation for everything that happens next. This includes your ideas about management and managers in general, your current position, your ability to succeed, and your attitude toward ongoing learning. Know that you have what it takes to do the job. Decide to grow your skills, model exemplary behaviors, and take appropriate action.

Invest your time wisely. Time is a perishable resource that cannot be replaced. Get clear about your core personal values and priorities as well as the company’s values and priorities. This information sets the foundation for creating your calendar. Identify your biggest distractions, and look for ways to eliminate or manage them. Learn to focus – and avoid multi-tasking whenever possible.

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

Submitted by Carol A. Gooch, M.S., LPC, LCDC, LMFT

New Year’s Resolutions are made and broken every year. Usually this is because people set themselves up to fail by compiling a list of resolutions they probably will never keep. Surveys by the American Psychological Association say will power was the top reason people failed to keep their resolutions. Most people need more than will power to keep their resolutions. Keeping resolutions requires detailed plans and strategies when there are setbacks.