Where Have I Been? BizologyBuzz Newsletter Readers Wonder…
Well, the short answer is right here!! The long answer is that the over the summer my hosting company deleted my account and ALL of my internet real estate with it. 15 websites in all. And, my email list of over 10,000. After several weeks of trying to reach them and work with them I secured a ONE year old back up of my business. Fortunately, for my main sites I had more recent backups and was able to restore sites and rebuild others.
You will see that all of these sites are back up and running!
A few others are up but they are behind where they were. So I will keep them to myself right now…
In rebuilding a business it gives you an opportunity to reassess where you are at and WHAT you REALLY want to be doing. Two great things have come out of that. Actually more, but two for right now.
One has been the launch of www.CompassRoseCycling.com. I am a passionate cyclist, having biked across the country several years ago. I love the open road and this year spent many summer days cycling with my two girls (7 and 9 years old) We ride a tandem bike and attach a third wheel to it so all three of us can ride. It is a 100% workout. Compass Rose Cycling has two programs right now to get adults “back on the road again”. One for women and the other co-ed. They are starting off slow but I am sure that in the spring they will both be rolling!
The second thing to come out of a tough month over the summer was the development of a unique business building group called the Collaborative Marketing Network. It has its first information meeting on the 25th of October. For many of you it is too far to work for you, but for others, I recommend taking a look at it. www.CollaborativeMarketingNetwork.com
Once it is up and running I might develop an online version that is more global in nature.
So, while you might not have had a business crash as I did, I recommend taking a look at what you are doing, reassessing what your passion is and what is important and make changes based on your reflection.
I learned MANY lessons through this as well!
1. Back up your own stuff. EVEN if your hosting company says they do weekly and monthly backups they are not necessarily available to you.
2. Be sure to check out the vendors that you work with and have good relationships with them.
3. Take time to reflect on your business and your ventures regularly and make sure they are in alignment with you and your vision and goals.
The last thing I want to let you know is that I am moving this email list. I can no longer host it myself and manage it in this way. I have set up a new list service with a provider called MailChimp. But what is really important for you to do is to sign up for that list. You can do that at:
www.ResourcesforEntrepreneurs.com — that is my small business list. Focused on business development topics.
IF, you are a business leader that wants more leadership development — then we have the Real World Leadership site filled with tips, strategies, videos and more. Pick up our free leadership report there and you will hear about upcoming events, receive periodic reports and articles: www.RealWorldLeadershipInstitute.com
I will send out a couple of additional reminders about the move!!
All the best,
Compass Rose Consulting, LLC
Take action today to grow your business. One step at a time that is consistent will change your business success.