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By Pat Hammond

The Fall issue of Flackery is here!

Happy Autumn Everyone!

Is it just me, or is there something about back-to-school that makes me want to take on new projects?

And I don't know why. Between you and me, I hated doing homework and projects when I was in school, but there is something about being my own boss and picking my own jobs that keeps me excited about learning new skills and taking on new tasks.

Even the boring stuff.

If you are just starting out or looking to grow your business, this edition of Flackery is for you.

Our theme this quarter is building a strong foundation for your business and this edition is jam-packed with information, interviews, and profiles to help you kick it up to the next level.

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By Pat Hammond

Don't worry, I'm not going to do weekly updates, but now that I'm almost a third of the way through my 90-day trial I thought it was a good time to share how things are going so far. 

I'm not sure if I picked the best or worst time to try this system, but it's been eye-opening. At first glance, the number one challenge I've had continues to come from outside influences and I don't think there's much I can do about it.

Between article research and interviews, networking, and projects I spend a lot of time meeting people and some of those people are not always good about honoring other people's time. 

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By Pat Hammond

I have spent the last five months being overwhelmed. 

I'm not sure how it happened. I stopped doing web stuff and have been diligently saying "no" to a lot of people and projects. It was supposed to give me more time to focus on writing and getting NH Business Guild off the ground but each day I got further and further behind. 

It was crazy. 

I'd done everything I could think of to fix the problem, but there are only so many hours in the day and I was working at least twelve of them. So I decided to do something radical. 

I embraced the idea of a 5-hour workday.

I took a hard look at what I was really spending my time on and asked myself how many of those things were actively moving my goals forward. 

I also looked at the way I was making money.

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By Pat Hammond

Remember when you had that desk job and tech support was only a phone call away?

It was awesome, right? 

It didn't matter if you accidentally clicked an email attachment that let loose a virus on the entire company network or if your computer refused to boot after an update. All you had to do was pick up the phone and the IT guy would calmly walk you through the simple solutions before making the long trek from the basement to your cubicle.

And he made it look so easy. 

A few mouse clicks, maybe pop a thumb drive in a USB port and everything started working. 

Too bad it's not that simple in the real world. 

When you're a bootstrapping small business owner a blue screen of death can mean lost work and hours spent trolling chat rooms trying to decipher geek speak to find out if that evil blue screen is the result of a glitchy Windows update, failing hard drive, or a virus. 

What if I told you that of all the hats you wear as a small business owner, IT technician is one you can afford to hand off to someone else?

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By Pat Hammond

I regret to say that I am no longer recommending SCORE as a resource for people looking for one-on-one mentoring to start or grow their business.

Between my own bad experiences, yes that is plural, and reports from many other people, I've come to the conclusion our local chapter, SCORE Merrimack Valley, is not a good fit as a business resource for most people. 

I don't know what the problem is. 

The national SCORE organization provides a large variety of useful information in the form of webinars, online classes, and downloads through their website, but somehow, the mentoring services offered through the local SCORE chapter are singularly lacking in usefulness. 

I know several individuals who work/volunteer with SCORE Merrimack Valley and they are friendly, knowledgeable people who genuinely want to help. But in spite of the available tools and their collective experience, the mentoring program continues to fall short.

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By Pat Hammond

Celebrate National Small Business Week with this FREE event from NH Business Guild and WBC Office Suites

We are excited to announce that NH Business Guild has partnered with local co-working space, WBC Office Suites, for our first evening open networking event. 

Much of New Hampshire's economy is driven by small business people, help us celebrate local business with an evening of networking at WBC's newly renovated co-working space. 

  • Meet NH Business Guild members
  • Tour the space
  • Make new connections

This is the perfect event for serious small business owners and managers to expand their networking and connect with other local business owners. 

This is a free event -- No sales pitches

If there is enough interest, we would like to make this a regular quarterly event. 

While this event is free, space is limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP on Eventbrite.

 

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By Pat Hammond

 

Big Changes in 2019 - NH Business Directory is now the NH Business Guild.  

In case you haven't heard, the NH Business Directory is now the NH Business Guild.

The decision to re-brand was an easy one. The original business directory was a free resource of Queen City Buzz, but as it evolved it went from being a simple online directory to a robust, multi-media online resource including the business directory, Flackery magazine, live events, and many more features due to roll out later this year.

  • Sales & marketing workshops
  • Community partners for banking, affordable insurance, & more!
  • Online teaching platform for members to host their paid or free courses

Instead of being a basic online Yellow Page® type service, we became a group of people working towards common goals and NH Business Guild seemed to be a much better descriptor of who we are and what we do than NH Business Directory. 

Overall, this was the right decision. In addition to creating a more cohesive brand image, I think it makes a clear statement that we are here and we are invested in growing a stronger business community. 

In fact, I was so sure that it was the right choice, I dedicated the entire Spring 2019 issue of Flackery answer almost every question anyone has ever asked me about the guild. 

If you'd like to know more about who we are, what we do, and why you should join,  just click on the cover and follow the link to download the magazine. 

Pat Hammond

Founder, NH Business Guild

 

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