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52 WEEKS TO FINANCIAL ORGANIZATION - #34: Invest In Your Business, Invest in Yourself

"It's too expensive." "I can't take time off from work and family."  "It doesn't directly increase my business, so why should I do it?"  Those are three of the excuses why small business owners don't bother to attend educational conferences.
And they're not true.
I just attended the annual conference of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. www.nsgcd.org  This group (of which I am a subscriber and board member) always puts on awesome conferences, and this year's was the best ever.  Yes, I had to take a few days off from work, pay the fees, travel, and sleep in a strange hotel bed.  But I walked away with loads of new information I'll be able to use to better serve my clients.  I got new ideas for classes I want to offer.  And most importantly, I connected with old and new colleagues and had the chance to share "best practices" with them.  Any costs involved were outweighed several-fold by the benefits of attending conference.
This year's conference theme was "Transitions: Changes in the Way We Live, Work and Think".   The dictionary defines a transition as a passage from one place, state, or stage of development to another.   It is difficult to make any kind of a transition without the support of others.  If we, as business owners, expect to transition our businesses to the next level of success, we will certainly struggle if we try to go it alone.
Your Homework for This Week:    
         Find your professional association online and join it.
         Take advantage of its educational and networking opportunities.  Take classes through it.  Attend its conferences.
         If there really is no association for your industry (and there's an association for just about every profession), start your own group.  Meet with other people in your industry and share best practices.  Learn from each other.
         Attend the conferences of related professionals.  For example, if you're a therapist who works with hoarders, you'll not only learn a lot by attending a professional organizers' conference, you'll also meet people to whom to refer your clients (and from whom you could receive referrals.) 
When you increase your skills, you'll be a better ______________ (you fill in the blank).  When you invest your time and money in improving yourself, you'll turn what appears to be an expense into an asset.  You'll begin to transition your business into more than you ever imagined it could be.

posted on: 10/4/2009 11:30:00 AM by Katherine Trezise
category: Finances

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Minimizing Financial Clutter

by Katherine Trezise

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Katherine Trezise is president of Absolutely Organized, based in Baltimore, MD. She is president-elect of the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. Katherine holds a masters degree in business administration, is a Certified Professional Organizer® and a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization®. Absolutely Organized specializes in helping people organize their homes, paperwork and financial records to make room in their lives for the things, people and activities that are most important to them.

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