The Savvy Solos Club was founded on a really simple principle – those of us who run a business on our own get lonely, have no-one to bounce ideas off and often need a new perspective on what we're trying to achieve in our businesses.
After five years of training many hundreds, probably thousands, of business owners from across the North of England, I decided I needed a solution for people just like me. The Savvy Solos Club was launched four months after the initial concept.
Imagine this; dozens of amazing, enthusiastic, hard-working business owners meeting each month to learn from one another and access focused training sessions on topics ranging from self-confidence to Google Analytics, it's a recipe for motivation and success.
The unique situation of every member being self-employed, or running a business totally on their own, means that there is no hierarchy in The Club; everyone is equal, everyone is valuable and everyone GETS what the others experience.
I know that being an active member of a community is important for small business owners, our work is challenging at the best of times and we all need others' to bounce ideas off and download with.
What I didn't realise was that a network such as The Savvy Solos Club, is the perfect supply chain and members are buying off each other naturally and regularly, and yet 'sales' is one of the business processes that solo entrepreneurs struggle with until they get to grips with developing their own sales techniques and style.
By chatting and sharing knowledge, helping one another and getting to know other business owners' needs, every member is developing sales opportunities in every conversation they have.
What a result!
If you run a business on your own or are self-employed, and based in the North East, visit The Savvy Solos website or follow the business page on Facebook (and check out the reviews on the page whilst you're there) to see if it's just the kind of business club that you need to help you stay focused and smash your goals.
Oh, sorry, I forget to explain the title! One of our members, Simon Lowe (photographer), developed a small business package exclusively for other Savvy members and has had nine new clients in two months. Like I said, What a RESULT!
Find us on Twitter using the #savvysolos hashtag too!