In a conversation yesterday, I had the opportunity to offer a gentle wake-up call to an INDIE business owner from a small town in Idaho. She shared her impression that a poor economy was preventing her from growing her business. I asked her if she had a website or a FaceBook Page. I asked her if she had any small business connections in her county or in the entire state of Idaho — people she could network and collaborate with. I asked her if she knew the contact information for 50 spas or boutiques in Idaho that might want to sell her products.
The answer to each question was, “No.” I'm not sharing this information to be negative or cruel, but to tell the truth. I'm sharing it because despite the economy, thousands of INDIEs are successfully growing their businesses nationwide. I am one of them. We are selling products to people that other people are saying are not buying.
So wherever you live, and whatever the economy is like in your area, know that there are no strangers among small business owners. Reach out and connect with them! There is always something you can do to proactively expand your sphere of influence, and therefore your sales. My sponsors can help you do that. Please visit them, ask them how they can help you, and tell them that dM sent you! Thanks for reading my blog.
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