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Contemporary Business Solutions
Volume #24
 
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How I Generate Blog Ideas…
 
Over the past year of being in business, I’ve written one blog post a week. That’s my goal. That’s what I do.
 
Others out there in the blogging community blog once/day. Several businesses in town have 4 or 5 bloggers who contribute to their business’ blog – now they can really churn out content!
 
Below are a few exercises I go through to generate blog post ideas:
  • I visit my well-populated Google Reader
  • I reflect back on recent conversations with clients, prospects and colleagues
  • Write about what I know
  • I do a Google search on “What to blog about”
How do you generate blog ideas? Read the full blog post
 

ContactMe
 
I was searching for a WordPress Plugin Contact Form this morning and ran across ContactMe. Not only does it integrate fabulously with WordPress, it also integrates with Facebook (I added a Contact tab to my business’ Fan Page), Blogger, Tumblr, Myspace, Ning, LinkedIn, just to name a few. It’s also much more than just a contact form:
 
ContactMe is an easy-to-use contact and task management tool that helps you: 
  • Consolidate and manage your contacts
  • Track your tasks, deadlines, meetings, and more
  • Attract more leads
  • Save valuable time


What I’m reading? The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber
 
A buddy of mine suggested I read this book and I’m glad I did.
 
I realized that of the three types of small business owners out there, the Entrepreneur, the Manager, and the Technician. I lean heavily toward the Technician. It’s important to know this so I can develop the Entrepreneur and Manager within me to sustain my business.
 
In this first new and totally revised edition of the over two million copy bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. Next, he walks you through the steps in the life of a business -- from entrepreneurial infancy through adolescent growing pains to the mature entrepreneurial perspective: the guiding light of all businesses that succeed -- and shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business, whether it is a franchise or not. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. From Amazon.com

 
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Suzanne Hull
“Get It Done Girl”
Contemporary Business Solutions
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As the "Get It Done Girl", I help small businesses become more efficient by offering a variety of services on an as-needed basis:
 
  • Event Planning and Conference Management
  • Social Media Coaching and Community Management
  • General Business Support
  • Basic Website Development
  • German/Spanish Translation & German Tutoring
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About Stein's Way Suzanne is a Des Moines transplant who has realized the Power of being a Free Agent. Well-versed in many and varied skills, she has a passion for helping organizations and people achieve their potential. Suzanne = wife, traveler, multi-linguist, triathlete and cook.

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I initially meet Suzanne through the Unemployed in Des Moines networking group she started. I was instantly inspired by her enthusiasm, initiative and resourcefulness in successfully creating her own consulting business – Contemporary Business Solutions. I recently attended her Social Media Workshop Series which I would highly recommend as a wonderful introductory source to gain instant knowledge in social media. She continues to be a key mentor as I now navigate developing my own consulting business. Her multi-faceted business expertise coupled with her “get it done” attitude proves to be a great resource for both start-up and well established companies.

Connie Ward, Marketing and Product Management Consultant

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