Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snow Days are GREAT days for Entrepreneurs!

I started early as an entrepreneur.  When I was young, and realized I was great at organizing places, I offered myself up as someone who could come in and organize your closets, etc.  I didn't get any takers, but I had distributed flyers throughout my neighborhood.  When I got old enough to babysit, I used this same tactic to market myself to young parents in the neighborhood.  At one point, I had 16 families I babysat for.  I posted the parents' names, the kids' names and ages, and their addresses and phone number on our fridge so I could keep track of them all when they called. 

Today, while looking at the window at all the cars that still needed to be dug out, or cleaned off, it occurred to me that a young person could make a lot of money going door to door and offering to clean off cars at $2.50 per car, and to shovel their car space out for $5.00 per space.  Kids like to be outside on snow days.  Parents like their kids to be outside on snow days.  Kids also like to make money.  So get your kid out there with a shovel and a scraper!

And how about you?  Do you find you're at home because your client's office is closed today?  Do you have work booked for the rest of the month?  This is the time to pick up work and fill your schedule up by reaching out to past clients to see if they need any help in the next few weeks, or need their project updated.  Plan happy hours or interviews with people to see if your services are still in line with the area's needs, or just to network and remind them that you're a great person to work with and you're available. 

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