What do you do when you’re at work and you need a second opinion? My guess is you lean over to your colleague and ask him/her. This, of course, is impossible to do when you’re a sole entrepreneur working from home, which is why I count on my close group of mompreneur friends whenever I need a sounding board for new ideas. Once every month or two, 5 of us gather for lunch to share ideas, brainstorm and laugh at the crazy pace of owning our own business. Of course, we regularly call or email each other if it’s a question we need to ask right away. I treasure this group of amazing ladies: Christy Cook (TeachMy.com), Joanne Speight (Seasons-UV.com), Jackie Dinsmore (LuvaliConvertibles.com) and Tonia Jahshan (SteepedTea.com). All of our businesses create totally different products but it’s amazing how many opportunities there are to cross-promote and trade excellent leads. Another invaluable resource for mompreneurs is the large number of women business networks that can be accessed online and joined for regular meetings and conferences. One such group is WomenBizNetwork.com. I attended a conference they held in May and came away with lots of great ideas for my business, all of which I’ve implemented this summer. The next opportunity to gather with this group of women business owners is being held on September 16 to 18th, 2011 at the MomBizRetreat in Caledon at the Millcroft Inn. I’m really excited at the prospect of brainstorming with other mompreneurs on business related issues. Walking away from the daily grind of running your company is a good way to gain a better perspective about some of the longer-term business goals. Of course, everyone needs a break from every day routines in order to refresh. What will you be doing to re-energize yourself before the upcoming busy Fall season? It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top. You just need to know how to tap in to a supportive community of people who are willing to share their ideas with you for the advancement of all of those involved.
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