Building a support system as a small business owner

Small business owner Caitlin Sykes recently attended a BNZ Connect event and found a supportive community of fellow small and medium-sized business owners.

My day was running at a loss. Several meetings in the central city had left the to-do list back in my home office largely untouched.

So when the calendar alert popped up to tell me it was now time to head out once more, the after-work event I’d optimistically scheduled a couple of weeks earlier suddenly wasn’t looking so doable. Continue reading…

Do I really have to network?

You’ve probably heard it said that networking is an essential art to master for any small business owner in search of success. However, actually getting out there and doing it is often easier said than done. Where do you start? How should you prepare? What’s the etiquette? There are dozens, if not hundreds of specialised networking groups all around New Zealand. Some have specific areas of interest, while others are broader. Some are free and some require paid membership. It can all be a bit confusing. Continue reading…