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Re: Unable to make it Thursday

Bryna Kranzler
 

SDIBP meeting

On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 10:34 AM Larisa Hall <dance@...> wrote:
What can't you make it in for?
-Larisa

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On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 10:06 AM Bryna Kranzler <xsnerg@...> wrote:
Have a dr's appt. He's fitting me in so I can't be picky. See you next month.

Bryna

Re: Unable to make it Thursday

Larisa Hall
 

What is SDIBP?  I'm not aware of any meeting.
-Larisa

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On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 10:46 AM Bryna Kranzler <xsnerg@...> wrote:
SDIBP meeting

On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 10:34 AM Larisa Hall <dance@...> wrote:
What can't you make it in for?
-Larisa

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On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 10:06 AM Bryna Kranzler <xsnerg@...> wrote:
Have a dr's appt. He's fitting me in so I can't be picky. See you next month.

Bryna

Re: Unable to make it Thursday

 

Hi @Bryna Kranzler  No worries, we really appreciate your support.  Hope to catch you next time.

@Larisa Hall  SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals)  s a "repurposing" of the old BASE (Beach Area Self-Employed).  We kept getting attendees from other parts of the region and I realized there are few groups in San Diego representing independent professionals.  Your company may be more on the "small business" side of the spectrum, but we appreciate your support as well. This month's meeting is about the effective use of email - I think you mentioned that you just started with a new CRM so you might want to swing by - same place - Charlie's Best Bread at 1:30 pm this Thursday.

This change was announced - several times, but I take responsibility for any confusion.  After I migrated this user base from Google Groups I intended to do more "community development" - online and off, but things kept coming up in both my business and personal life that caused delays - I am sure you can relate.  

SDIBP is my top priority for this week though, so you may be getting some updates even before the meeting.  Hope you and others can make it on Thursday.

Rob Gordon

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On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 11:05 AM Larisa Hall <dance@...> wrote:
What is SDIBP?  I'm not aware of any meeting.
-Larisa

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On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 10:46 AM Bryna Kranzler <xsnerg@...> wrote:
SDIBP meeting

On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 10:34 AM Larisa Hall <dance@...> wrote:
What can't you make it in for?
-Larisa

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On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 10:06 AM Bryna Kranzler <xsnerg@...> wrote:
Have a dr's appt. He's fitting me in so I can't be picky. See you next month.

Bryna

REMINDER: Meeting tomorrow for self-employed and independent professionals

 

Hi Everyone,

A quick reminder that SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals) will be meeting tomorrow (Thursday, April 18th), 1:30 PM at our usual place: "Charlie's Best Bread" in Pacific Plaza (1808 Garnet between Kendall Street & Lamont Street). 

This month's presentation will be by Austin Beals, CEO of "Power Up" - an email marketing company. Austin will describe how independent professionals can use the same methods used by big companies to build up their self-employed practice. The one thing we have in common is using email to communicate with customers and prospects, so anything we can learn to be better at it is bound to help.

Please consider joining us if we haven't seen you in a while - or even if we have.  Take a little break from your computer screen or whatever work you are doing and meet or reconnect with other self-employed folks and maybe learn something new.  Hope to see you there.

Rob

Re: REMINDER: Meeting tomorrow for self-employed and independent professionals

Alexander Hinojosa
 

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If anyone is looking or knows anyone looking for a development position please pass along my contact info.

 

Thank you,

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Subject: [SDIBP] REMINDER: Meeting tomorrow for self-employed and independent professionals

 

Hi Everyone,

A quick reminder that SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals) will be meeting tomorrow (Thursday, April 18th), 1:30 PM at our usual place: "Charlie's Best Bread" in Pacific Plaza (1808 Garnet between Kendall Street & Lamont Street). 

This month's presentation will be by Austin Beals, CEO of "Power Up" - an email marketing company. Austin will describe how independent professionals can use the same methods used by big companies to build up their self-employed practice. The one thing we have in common is using email to communicate with customers and prospects, so anything we can learn to be better at it is bound to help.

Please consider joining us if we haven't seen you in a while - or even if we have.  Take a little break from your computer screen or whatever work you are doing and meet or reconnect with other self-employed folks and maybe learn something new.  Hope to see you there.

Rob

Re: REMINDER: Meeting tomorrow for self-employed and independent professionals

Peter Scheir
 

Thanks Rob, perfect timing as about to send our first e-mail campaign and would love further feedback. Will try to be there, great topic!


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On 4/17/2019 4:34 PM, Rob Gordon wrote:
Hi Everyone,

A quick reminder that SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals) will be meeting tomorrow (Thursday, April 18th), 1:30 PM at our usual place: "Charlie's Best Bread" in Pacific Plaza (1808 Garnet between Kendall Street & Lamont Street). 

This month's presentation will be by Austin Beals, CEO of "Power Up" - an email marketing company. Austin will describe how independent professionals can use the same methods used by big companies to build up their self-employed practice. The one thing we have in common is using email to communicate with customers and prospects, so anything we can learn to be better at it is bound to help.

Please consider joining us if we haven't seen you in a while - or even if we have.  Take a little break from your computer screen or whatever work you are doing and meet or reconnect with other self-employed folks and maybe learn something new.  Hope to see you there.

Rob

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Re: REMINDER: Meeting tomorrow for self-employed and independent professionals

 

Hi @Alexander Hinojosa  - nice to hear from you again!  That sounds like a great opportunity.   Your request is perfectly appropriate, and welcome here, but for anyone posting topic different from the original topic, please make a new "top-level" post.  That way anyone who has questions can ask them on that thread and it won't get buried so easily.

Hey @Peter Hologram Hologram Man - great you are going to make it.  I think you mentioned you are starting with CRM around the same time I am.  I have been spending quite a bit of time cussing at my computer screen lately as I would to get it set up, but I can already see how much more efficient I am getting and think I should have done it a few years ago.

Rob

Meetup today

Wendy Lynn Kitts <info@...>
 

Sorry, Rob – won’t be able to make it today after all. ;-(

 

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Self-Employed Meeting Next Thursday #meetings

 

Hi everyone,

A reminder that we will be meeting as next Thursday, 1:30 PM at the usual place: Charlie's Best Bread and Coffee on Garnet. This meeting will be led by regular member Wendy --- who is a professional writer and author. She will be leading a discussion about promoting our businesses with writing and presenting her tips on "How to Stand Out in a Noisy World by Writing and Sharing Content". As usual, we will allow for time both before and after the presentation to give us the opportunity for some light networking. This is a good way to take a little break from work, learn something new and meet other self-employed professionals - try to make it if you can.

I'd like to take a few minutes at this meeting to give an update on plans for SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals). We did the transition to this new platform - which is a pretty good technology - but I haven't done nearly as much "community development" as I should (life and business always seems to intervene). As a result, last month's meeting was not well attended even though Austin Beals, CEO of "Power Up" did a fantastic job of presenting his insights into using email to build up a sel-employed practice. I will be giving a recap on that meeting before next Thursday's meeting.

Here is a description about next weeks meeting on Meetup and Eventbrite - please feel free to share or invite any of your friends or associates.

https://www.meetup.com/sdibp001/events/261301459/
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-stand-out-in-a-noisy-world-by-writing-and-sharing-content-tickets-61609697263

More coming soon - thanks for being a part of this.

Rob

ref: meetings

patgoulart1
 

Dear Rob, 

Just letting you know I really miss the meetings. The last 3 months has been hectic helping a family member and X-companion with heavy medical/personal issues. My project kinda took a back seat (like you say). This as caused me some not so fun stress. Am actually having to spend time mentally away from it all to keep from having it effect my health. Be so glad when this is over.

Hugs  Pat Goulart


Re: Self-Employed Meeting Next Thursday #meetings

Bryna Kranzler
 

Rob, you're doing a great job in keeping this group going.

Bryns

On Thu, May 9, 2019 at 4:14 PM Rob Gordon <rob@...> wrote:

Hi everyone,

A reminder that we will be meeting as next Thursday, 1:30 PM at the usual place: Charlie's Best Bread and Coffee on Garnet. This meeting will be led by regular member Wendy --- who is a professional writer and author. She will be leading a discussion about promoting our businesses with writing and presenting her tips on "How to Stand Out in a Noisy World by Writing and Sharing Content". As usual, we will allow for time both before and after the presentation to give us the opportunity for some light networking. This is a good way to take a little break from work, learn something new and meet other self-employed professionals - try to make it if you can.

I'd like to take a few minutes at this meeting to give an update on plans for SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals). We did the transition to this new platform - which is a pretty good technology - but I haven't done nearly as much "community development" as I should (life and business always seems to intervene). As a result, last month's meeting was not well attended even though Austin Beals, CEO of "Power Up" did a fantastic job of presenting his insights into using email to build up a sel-employed practice. I will be giving a recap on that meeting before next Thursday's meeting.

Here is a description about next weeks meeting on Meetup and Eventbrite - please feel free to share or invite any of your friends or associates.

https://www.meetup.com/sdibp001/events/261301459/
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-stand-out-in-a-noisy-world-by-writing-and-sharing-content-tickets-61609697263

More coming soon - thanks for being a part of this.

Rob

Re: Self-Employed Meeting Next Thursday #meetings

Bryna Kranzler
 

But I will miss next week to as im having surgery(trigger finger) on my hand that day.

On Fri, May 10, 2019 at 5:22 AM xsnerg <xsnerg@...> wrote:
Rob, you're doing a great job in keeping this group going.

Bryns

On Thu, May 9, 2019 at 4:14 PM Rob Gordon <rob@...> wrote:

Hi everyone,

A reminder that we will be meeting as next Thursday, 1:30 PM at the usual place: Charlie's Best Bread and Coffee on Garnet. This meeting will be led by regular member Wendy --- who is a professional writer and author. She will be leading a discussion about promoting our businesses with writing and presenting her tips on "How to Stand Out in a Noisy World by Writing and Sharing Content". As usual, we will allow for time both before and after the presentation to give us the opportunity for some light networking. This is a good way to take a little break from work, learn something new and meet other self-employed professionals - try to make it if you can.

I'd like to take a few minutes at this meeting to give an update on plans for SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals). We did the transition to this new platform - which is a pretty good technology - but I haven't done nearly as much "community development" as I should (life and business always seems to intervene). As a result, last month's meeting was not well attended even though Austin Beals, CEO of "Power Up" did a fantastic job of presenting his insights into using email to build up a sel-employed practice. I will be giving a recap on that meeting before next Thursday's meeting.

Here is a description about next weeks meeting on Meetup and Eventbrite - please feel free to share or invite any of your friends or associates.

https://www.meetup.com/sdibp001/events/261301459/
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-stand-out-in-a-noisy-world-by-writing-and-sharing-content-tickets-61609697263

More coming soon - thanks for being a part of this.

Rob

Connecting with other self-employed professionals #moderation

 

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that I am going to be a bit more "chatty" on this list between now and the SDIBP meeting on Thursday than I have been in the past - and probably beyond that. I want to catch up on the messages people have sent me here and also to bring everyone up to date on efforts to transition this from a neighborhood group to a region-wide association. For now, this is still a perfectly serviceable neighborhood group since most of our members are still in the beach area and meeting people nearby who live or work nearby is always nice so by all means keep coming if that is your primary interest.

We have potential beyond that of a neighborhood networking group though. While making new friends in your own neighborhood is great because you can see them much more often, it doesn't make all that much difference if a new business relationship is in another part of town. If you live in the beach area, and you find the perfect business contact who lives in El Cajon - or Carlsbad - or Chula Vista - it is not going to stop you from doing business with that person. No one doubts the benefits of face-to-face communication but since we live in the same region you can still meet from time to time at mutually convenient locations. That is not to mention the potential of remote conferencing technology which just keeps getting better and better.

This message is also to remind you that you shouldn't be shy about posting here, but consider using one of the hashtags below. These go right at the end of the subject line in your email message; it may make the message a little "less pretty" but it does help us organize these discussions, and allows anyone who is not interested in that topic to be able to mute it making it less likely that anyone will be getting unwanted messages here.

As a reminder, to post a message to this group simply send an email message to sdibp@groups.io and to unsubscribe send an email message to sdibp+unsubscribe@groups.io

More soon. Hope to see you on Thursday.

Rob



HASHTAG LIST (put at end of email subject line)

#applications
Applications and information systems for independent professionals - suggestions and questions.

#books
Discussion of books that can help entrepreneurs, small business and independent professionals

#community
Discussion of issues related to building a community of independent professionals.

#cooperation
Cooperation proposals for working with other independent professional - including joint ventures, co-marketing, partner requests and other ideas about working together for mutual benefit.

#coworking
Working together at coworking facilities, informally at coffee shops, or virtually on the internet.

#events
Business events that may be of interest to independent professionals. See also #meetings

#financial
Financial issues of including cash flow, billing, pricing, ash flow, accounting, taxes, investors and anything else related to money management for independent professionals.

#ideas
Business ideas you would like to explore or share - both pragmatic and wild ideas are welcome.

#introductions
Please introduce yourself. Tell us about your business - what you are doing or what you want to do, as well as any help you might need and the kind of people you would like to meet.

#legal
Discussion of legal issues for independent professional - questions and suggestions.

#marketing
Marketing for independent professionals - questions and suggestions

#markets
New and potential secrtors markets discussion, questions and suggestions

#meetings
Upcoming meetings that may be of interest to self-employed and independent professionals. See also the group event calendar.

#moderation
Announcement tag for group moderation

#motivation
Help if you are stuck - post the best tips, techniques and inspiration for getting going

#offers
Special offers you would like to make to our members here and their associates. Please do not use for repeated advertising.

#opportunities
Potential business opportunities you have spotted - both ones that you might want to pursue and ones you think might benefit others.

#policy
Discussion of policy and politics affecting independent professionals

#problems
Problems you are having with your business or practice. Post them to get ideas on how to resolve or if you just want some sympathetic listeners.

#productivity
Personal productivity - suggestions, questions and ideas for increasing the efficiency of independent professionals.

#projects
Discussion of projects and initiatives that my be of interest to independent business professionals

#questions
Questions you might have about business or anything else. Let us try to help.

#recommendations
Recommendations of people, products and services. Please disclose if you have a business or financial interest in your recommendation.

#relationships
Discussion of business relationships with customers, suppliers, partners and associates.

#requests
Request for help from our members and their associates. Can include paid or volunteer requests.

#remote
Remote working - questions and best practices for working with customers and associates who are geographically separated.

#resources
Resources of all kinds for independent professionals

#sales
Sales for independent professionals - questions, suggestions and discussion.

#strategy
Questions, ideas and resources about business strategy for independent professionals.

#status
What's new? Use this tag if you have already posted an introduction and want to let us know of any changes in your business.

#technology
Technology that benefits independent professionals - suggestions and questions.

Do you have an email strategy?

 

While I am getting ready for today's SDIBP meeting I thought I should finally do a recap on the meeting we had last month about forming an email strategy for your business. As you can see from the picture, we didn't exactly pack the place - in fact there was just me and Austin Beals. You know what though - I asked that he give his presentation anyway and it was excellent - I learned a great deal even though I thought I already knew most of what I need to know about email.

I have a few theories as to why so few people showed last month - our meeting attendance goes on wild swings from more than 20 - which is at the limits of the venue, to fewer than a half dozen, and it never seems to have that much to do about how I market and get the word out. For now, however, I want to mention on a few things I learned during this meeting even though I can't even begin to do it justice, because it really was an excellent presentation.

  • Did you know, for example, that when you post on social media like Facebook typically only one percent of your followers will even see your post - unless you pay for it. This is called "organic reach" and I knew it was bad, but I didn't know it was that bad - that means that if you have 500 "friends" on Facebook only five or so will even see your posts while if you send to a well managed email list it can be over 50 percent. I knew it was bad, but I didn't know it was that bad. For a number of reasons I have "fallen out of love" with Facebook but that makes me wonder why people even bother with that site at all. Email, on the other hand, can be highly "targeted" and has one of the highest ROI's (return on investment) of any kind of online marketing.
  • Having some kind of mailing list is important and special attention should be paid to "nurturing" prospects and the welcoming / on-boarding process. He discussed the importance of understanding the "emotional journey" your prospective customers must take before they decide to do business with you.
  • Austin also discussed how important email is for keeping up with existing customers and prospects because often people lose customers simply because they "feel neglected" and you lost touch with them. He mentioned, for example, that it costs six to seven times more to acquire a new customer than to get business from an existing customer. Campaigns should always be "customer-centric" where the customer instead of focused purely on what you are offering.
  • He mentioned how important it is to "segment" you audience and "personalize" your email messages. The subject line is especially important and you should "promise something" to make sure they open it. There should be at most three features or benefits discussed in your message - you don't want to overwhelm them, and never be afraid of "unsubscribers".
  • Telling a story is an important part of your brand building, and the well known "hero's journey" is a good place to start, with the customer being the "hero" of the story. Don't ever forget to tell them "what is in it for them".

Like I said, it was a great presentation and I can't begin to do it justice - that is why you should try to make these meetings if you can. Feel free to use this thread to post your ideas or questions about email. Austin is on this list so perhaps he can weigh in as well.

Meanwhile, our next meeting is just a few hours away, and the rain is not giving much encouragement about the turnout, but try to swing by Charlie's Best Bread at 1:30 PM today if you are available. This month's presentation will be given by member Wendy Kitts, a professional writer and author on the topic of: "How to Stand Out in a Noisy World by Writing and Sharing Content". It should be a good meeting and I hope there are more people than me and Wendy this time, but if not I plan to learn as much as I can anyway. As I have said before, when we get a big turnout we can have better networking, but when we have a small turnout we can "go deep" with a discussion with fewer people - so either way we win.

Regardless of what happens today, this group will keep going and I have lots of plans I want to share with the group - some at today's meeting and some over the next few weeks on this list. Don't be afraid of the rain though - come out and join us if you can.

Rob

P.S. Austin, that really was an nice presentation and I may want to have a "do over" sometime in the future. In the mean time you are always welcome to join us at any of our meetings.  

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Last Thursday's SDIBP meeting about writing/content #writing

 

Hi everyone, 

I meant to get this brief re-cap out earlier but I had a bunch of meetings this week.   Last Thursday's SDIBP (San Diego Independent Professionals) meeting at Charlie's Best Bread was really lots of fun.  A smaller group again this month - just six of us, but we had a great conversation and Wendy really did a bang up job on the presentation.  Let's see - from right to left going around the table:
  • Kelci Wilner - an independent financial planner who really made me feel good when she said that the last meeting she went to was her first networking event and that she had met three great people she was still in contact with - the exact purpose of this group; 
  • Jimmy -  new in San Diego from Virginia  and working to set up a specialty driving service.  Jimmy is an avid bicyclist and rode his bike all the way from Chula Vista for the meeting!
  • Wendy Kitts - professionals writer and author.   She took the unique approach in her presentation of using several of our members (who weren't there) as "case studies" for content creation and had lots of great tips for everyone. 
  • Megan Hanson - a writer and instructional designer now getting projects in Social Media - she had an interesting rant about Adobe Creative Cloud I would like to learn more about
  • Rob Gordon (me) - bummed out by how fat I look in this picture because I have finally been losing some weight.  I talked about my new emphasis on and CRM (customer relationship technologies) and some database training I am starting through a small training grant. 
  • Hayato Nakamura - runs his own digital marketing agency: "Lead Control Media" specializing in helping chiropractors get new patients. 
Like I have always said, our bigger meetings give us more networking opportunities but our smaller ones give us the chance to "go deep" in some of our discussions and get to know each other a bit better.  I learned a great deal from this meeting - both from Wendy's presentation and some of the "random" chatter we had were some interesting tips and ideas got passed around.

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I will be putting greater emphasis on this group this year so you will be hearing more on this list.   Thank you all for your continued support and don't forget to join us on the third Thursday of every month - until further notice at our usual place - Charlies Best Bread in PB.  

Cheers

Rob


Re: Last Thursday's SDIBP meeting about writing/content #writing

CJ Gilbert
 

Hi Rob,

Thank you so much for this excellent recap!  Sorry I was unable to attend this time due to another planned meeting, but I have the next one on the calendar and will aim to make it!

See you all then,
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Topics for next SDIBP meeting

 

Hi everyone,

The next SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals) meeting is one week from this coming Thursday on June 20th. As usual, I am behind in planning this meeting, but rather than panic I thought I would solicit the group for ideas on topics for future meetings - both this next one and meetings for the rest of the year.  Do you have topics you would like to discuss, or a specific speaker or subject matter expert you would like to hear? - or maybe you would like to present some topic yourself? Please post your ideas on this thread. Off the top of my head, here are a few topics I think might be interesting:

  • Going Global - is it possible for independent professionals?  How to find and secure clients in other countries. 
  • Differences Between Startup Founders and Self-Employed Professionals How are we different? How are we the same? What can we learn from each other? 
  • Productivity tools and tips. Bring in your laptops and share your best tools for getting things done and tracking information about your business.
  • Brain Storming Tools and Techniques. Best ways to get new ideas about improving your business or solving problems for your business and customers.
  • Remote Working and Video Conferencing. Best technologies and techniques for remote working. Getting "non-local" customers and best practices for managing remote projects.
  • Cooperation and Collaboration. Working effectively with "stakeholders" on customer projects and getting their cooperations. Best tools and technologies for online collaboration.
  • Getting Things Done.  Project and time management technologies and techniques for self-employed practices. 

I don't have any specific speakers in mind for these topics, but do any of them tickle your fancy? What are some of your ideas for topics you would like to discuss or learn about? Any ideas or thoughts would be appreciated.

Rob

Re: Topics for next SDIBP meeting

Andrea Schwartz
 

Hi Rob!

I no longer have a time conflict with this meeting during the summer.

I have two ideas I would like to learns about. Not necessarily in line with your goals but I would love to have an individual from our group or someone who's not selling anything to us, tell us how they make money from Instagram (either by selling directly or becoming an influencer and having brands pay them), or make money from YouTube.

(The only person I know who does this lives in London and has a heavy Italian accent, so a video speech wouldn't work. And she started so long ago it was at a time when Instagram would assign followers to you so that you became an influencer)

Just my thoughts! Thanks for reading.

Andrea


On Tue, Jun 11, 2019 at 4:32 PM, Rob Gordon
<rob@...> wrote:

Hi everyone,

The next SDIBP (San Diego Independent Business Professionals) meeting is one week from this coming Thursday on June 20th. As usual, I am behind in planning this meeting, but rather than panic I thought I would solicit the group for ideas on topics for future meetings - both this next one and meetings for the rest of the year.  Do you have topics you would like to discuss, or a specific speaker or subject matter expert you would like to hear? - or maybe you would like to present some topic yourself? Please post your ideas on this thread. Off the top of my head, here are a few topics I think might be interesting:

  • Going Global - is it possible for independent professionals?  How to find and secure clients in other countries. 
  • Differences Between Startup Founders and Self-Employed Professionals How are we different? How are we the same? What can we learn from each other? 
  • Productivity tools and tips. Bring in your laptops and share your best tools for getting things done and tracking information about your business.
  • Brain Storming Tools and Techniques. Best ways to get new ideas about improving your business or solving problems for your business and customers.
  • Remote Working and Video Conferencing. Best technologies and techniques for remote working. Getting "non-local" customers and best practices for managing remote projects.
  • Cooperation and Collaboration. Working effectively with "stakeholders" on customer projects and getting their cooperations. Best tools and technologies for online collaboration.
  • Getting Things Done.  Project and time management technologies and techniques for self-employed practices. 

I don't have any specific speakers in mind for these topics, but do any of them tickle your fancy? What are some of your ideas for topics you would like to discuss or learn about? Any ideas or thoughts would be appreciated.

Rob

Re: Topics for next SDIBP meeting

 

Awesome Andrea - it will be nice to see you again and there is nothing I like more than fairly firm RSVPs.

I am not at all big on Instagram or any Facebook owned company these days - personally I think the signs that they are in decline are everywhere except on those platforms themselves.  Like you said about your friend, she started long ago when it was easy to get followers and become an "influencer" (I truly hate that word).   

That being said, if more than a few people what that topic and we find someone who is good at it we can certainly cover it.   The Youtube idea appeals to me a bit more, mostly because it has lots of uses beyond social media and advertising and is easier to use than most people think.  If you (or anyone) knows someone who can cover that topic please let me know.

Unless someone comes up with another idea and speaker soon - like within the next few hours, I am thinking of doing the next one myself - the "productivity tools and tips" one where we bring our laptops and share our favorite techniques.   One thing most of us don't get all that often is the chance to work directly with others.  Whenever I do, I learn new things I could be doing better of more efficiently.  For example, Megan kept taking about Grammerly at our last meeting, and it really is a good spell checker I have been using more lately.  The only possible hangup - the battery on my laptop dies and I will need to find a new one before next Thursday. 

It would be great if you could make it - I have learned that meetings don't need to be huge to be successful and with just a few others we can have a nice meeting.  I rather enjoyed the meeting Wendy hosted last week - there were six of us I think but I got quite a bit out of it. 

Rob

Do you guys mind if I brag about something? #projects

 

HI again,  

I have mentioned at the past several meetings that technical writing wasn't really working out for me.  I could find projects and I could even do them successfully - meaning that the customer liked the end results, but I was not able to find a way to do them _profitably_.   I bid them too low and worked so long that on some projects I was probably working below minimum wage.   For that reason, I decided to try to get some training in database management and actually got some training funds to pay for a tutor on the subject.   This got delayed several times, and recruiting the right person proved to be more of a challenge than I thought it would be.   I did find someone really good though and if finally seems to be moving forward.  I can't say who this person is just yet because he is in a highly visible job with a government agency and hasn't told anyone that he will be quitting that job soon to start his own business.  

I wanted to get a little practice working with data before this starts though - sort of like stretching before you play a volley ball game or something, and found this page on the City of San Diego website.  It has two CSV (comma separated values) files that contain information about all the business license holders in San Diego.  Without using code and instead just hacking at some open source tools I was able to put together a rather simple directory of all the business license holders in San Diego.   This is not yet complete..  It is organized by NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System) codes.   That is a six level structure, and after I got the 56,000 records uploaded (not a small task with a dog computer) I started organizing the categories by hand and as you can see I sort of petered out and didn't finish.  Since I will likely have to tear this down and start over I thought I would show it to you in the current form - it is at this link:

http://SDCA.directory

It does work - mostly.  I tried it by looking for "dentists" in my zip code - 92109 - and found a neighbor whose apartment is just 20 feet from mine.  She has a dental hygienist practice that she administers out of her apartment.  That brings up a question though - I am wondering how many of you are licensed with the City of San Diego.  Full disclosure - I am not - mostly because I see no real advantage to it so why pay money and get nothing in return?  Apparently the rocket scientists in the City of San Diego have decided to call this "a tax" rather than a license - probably because they wanted to emphasize that this is legally required.  In the "carrot and stick" analogy that is a "stick" - i.e. "you might get in trouble if you don't do this".   I would rather they did this with a carrot - something like this directory where everyone can register but people who do it "by the book" and get the license get top billing.  I haven't spoken with any at the city about this idea yet. 

What do you guys think?  Do you do everything "by the book" and have your city business license and county fictitious name statements filings completed, or are you like me and that is one of those "one of these days" things?

Rob