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Apologies…I was Cultivating Freelance Clients and Learning Small Business Yesterday!

October 20, 2015
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Firstly may I apologize for not posting yesterday? I did post on Saturday a short horror story, The Keys, which I hoped would be enjoyed by all.

So the reason I was absent yesterday? I attended a local business symposium, which was informative, enlightening and a great networking opportunity. Hosted in conjunction with Small Business Week, the symposium covered digital marketing, succession planning and recruitment. Here is the agenda if you are interested.
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The panelists were informed, erudite and forthcoming with their own experiences, which gave the audience a real connection. Questions were answered with honest problem solving remarks.

Although I have started a business plan several times, it has never been completed. After this event I vow to complete my plan. It is a vital element in succeeding.

I have three freelance leads from yesterday, so a great day all round.

Do you attend local business events?

What was your experience?

Social Media Use…..

May 5, 2011
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With the ‘mind boggling’ amount of social media options available – we can quickly become addicted to chatting, posting, twitting and commenting. Of course as writers (and in some cases wanabee published authors) – we must have a ‘presence’ on the web but how can we balance it with the actual act of writing? There is certainly a lure towards the social side of the internet but it can eat up our time very easily.

I admit I can ‘lose’ hours just bouncing from one site to the next. Then comes the guilt – I have failed to increase my word count for my latest novel. My evening has been wasted – or has it? I do connect with a lot of other writers (famous or otherwise) and their experiences, knowledge and kinship have enriched my ‘solitary writing life’. So might I re-name this social media excursion away from my writing – an exploration of my art?

OK – it might be pushing the point a bit – but without these connections I would be a lesser writer and certainly not feel so blessed being a member of this society of creators.

How do you balance your writing with social media interruptions / use / connections?

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