In a January 3rd article appearing in The Globe and Mail, Mark Evans, principal of ME Consulting, shares five lessons he learned about being an entrepreneur in 2010. Here\’s the article for those who might like to read it.
Among Mark’s lessons: Build and nurture your network. “It is important to establish an ecosystem of suppliers and partners,” he says. “When you run a small business, it’s impossible to do everything yourself.”
If you’re a midlife entrepreneur, you have an advantage when it comes to networking. You’ve had more time to meet and form relationships with all kinds of people through various jobs, organizations and activities in which you’ve participated over the years. Still, who you know isn’t necessarily the same as who you’ll need to know — something that’s likely to evolve along with your business. That’s why even seasoned professionals need to devote time to augmenting their network, along with renewing old acquaintances.