Business resources are cool, but there are SOOOO many. How do you know which ones are worth exploring? Below is a short list of a few of my favorite resources for my business in 2011. Each tool is creative and a few are highly visual. All have the capability to inspire your business and give you momentum for 2012. Yay!
MeetUp.com - Being new to the Bay Area, I knew I wanted to tap into different networks and opportunities to become established. So I scoped out a few areas of common interest and attended several functions. Through MeetUp.com, I’ve met amazing people, spoken at several events and started to build my business, as well as personal networks. If traditional networking isn’t your cup of tea, try getting involved in some hobby or common interest groups through this great resource. - COST – ADMISSION VARIES (FREE to locate groups)
The Right Brain Business Plan® – I discovered The Right Brain Business Plan® early this year and found it completely fascinating – so much so, that I chose to be come a licensed facilitator with my first workshop coming up in February. The book takes you through the process of creating a business plan in a fun, artistic, creative way. If you’ve struggled – like I have over the years – to create a business plan that truly inspires you, The Right Brain Business Plan® may be just what you’re looking for. - COST – Book – Around $20
Pinterest – This is one of my absolute FAVORITE finds of 2011! I’ve known about it for awhile, but just started dabbling a few months ago and can I say, I’m in LOVE! For those of us who are highly visual, it’s a fabulous way to categorize and find new beautiful things. The best part is that it’s starting to be used as a social media tool – especially for women. So if LinkedIn and Facebook just aren’t exciting you anymore, you might check it out. - COST – FREE
Unstuck App for iPad – I resisted the iPad for a long time. “It’s just an oversized iPhone.” I thought. Now I LOVE my iPad. And apps like “Unstuck” are part of the reason. This handy little program takes you through a highly visual process (see a theme here?) to get to the root of your “stuck-ness.” It then gives you “tools” you can use moving forward to get “unstuck.” I went through the entire process on a particular challenge I was facing and the results were insightful! It helped me get to the root of the issue in about 10 minutes and gave me the tangible tools I needed to get moving. It’s the next best thing to having a coach on-call. - COST – FREE
Entrepreneur Magazine App for iPad – I like to keep up-to-date on what is going on in the entrepreneurial world and find new ideas/resources. So when my friend, Laurie Baggett, told me about the Entrepreneur Magazine app for the iPad, I decided to check it out. Can I just say, it’s a fabulous find? Easy to navigate. It even has interactive components (video, links and feeds) only available in the app. Best part? Get over a year of back-issues FREE. - COST – FREE
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