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BUSINESS: Skill Up - Networking by Anna Ryan of Funky Diva Designs


As a creative business owner, not only do you have to make gorgeous items to sell, you also have to organise the administrative side of your small business. This can involve completing a myriad of tasks that may be totally alien to you, such as accounting, marketing and pr. For many, short of having completed a degree in business management prior to starting your creative business, many of these tasks can be quite daunting!


How can small business owners supplement our skills base in order to comfortably run our business and not lose the focus on our first love – our crafts?


One way is to join a business network and attend networking meetings with other local businesses. Network


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meetings are a way for businesses to get together in an informal way to share experiences and promote themselves. That all sounds pretty straight forward but you may be like me – completely terrified of meeting other business owners, so then what?


I have been networking online using


social media to promote my business and form business links since I started 18 months ago but I always thought


that business networks


such as Networking Women and WIRE (Women in Rural Enterprise) were for ‘serious’ businesses. I felt that my creative business would not be seen as a ‘bona fide’ business; it turns out I am not alone.


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