I have been a member of the Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce for quite a few years. I have learned a lot that has helped me, via some of the courses and events that they run.
I don’t know whether all Chambers in New Zealand are as good. But recently I talked with them about an idea, which they immediately offered their support for. Here is the notice that they will shortly send out to their mailing list:
Interested in a “Focus Group”?
Maybe you work alone, or as a partnership.
Maybe your business is just you, or just you plus an assistant.
Maybe you work from a home office, maybe from a rented space somewhere, or maybe no office at all.
Such business owners often have a lot in common, regardless of the industry you work in. For example:
- It can get a little lonesome sometimes;
- The line of accountability can be a bit flimsy;
- Because you’re in charge of doing everything, sometimes you can’t exactly play to your strengths;
- Compared to a larger business, it can be harder to find the time and resources to access professional input;
So… we propose to establish a group to help meet some of these needs.
The plans are a bit loose around the edges at the moment – how it turns out will depend on who’s involved. But ideas so far include:
- Monthly meetings;
- Informal, flexible, self-regulating;
- Revolving facilitator;
- Emphasis on mutual support, sharing, learning.
A lunch-time meeting to discuss the formation of such a group…
Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce, Daly Street, Lower Hutt
Monday 1 March 2010, 12:00 – 1:30pm
If interested, but unable to attend the meeting, please let us know.
For myself, I know that I often find that problems and priorities become a lot clearer, and decisions a lot easier, if I have an opportunity to just speak out the thoughts instead of trying to grapple with them silently buzzing around in my head.
So I think this “focus group” idea just might lead to an opportunity to reduce some of the isolation that I and other “home alone” small business people experience.