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Focusing on the Big Picture Chat Summary from 6/29/2010

We’re talking about the Big Picture. Take a step back and to focus on the big ideas that often get overlooked because of our daily todos.

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sbbuzz: Rules: 1)NO pitching till end 2)Be nice 3)Stay ON TOPIC! 4)Send ?s for group to me w/o hashtag 5)Use #sbbuzz in all messages 6)Have fun!
sbbuzz: Start off w/an INTRO: 1 message about you and your business and whatever else we need to know. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Hi! I help coaches and other small biz owners write masterful content for their newsletters and blogs http://ht.ly/1Z0o0 (Intro for #sbbuzz
TraceyHolinka: Hi. I?m a web designr/developr @chaostoclarity. I show small biz & freelancers how 2 take advantage of the web. #chaostoclarity #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Hi everyone! Scott from the @batchblue customer experience team here. #sbbuzz
ginabee: Good evening, Friends! Gina w/ http://www.writeytidy.com. Content creation’s my game. I’m glad to join the chat tonight! #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: Hello! Steph from @MyScreenShare joining #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: Hi I blog about free small business tools guaranteed to save time & money (T.I.P.S) Tools for Improved Profit and Success newsletter #sbbuzz
stellel: Hi! I’m Christelle. I work for BatchBlue customer experience, too! #sbbuzz
pmohara: Hi ho Pamela the @batchblue prez here and the hostess of the #sbbuzz chat. Welcome one and all!
myscreenshare: We provide Audio/Video Broadcasting, Desktop Share, Webinar, Lucrative Affiliate Program and more! http://www.myscreenshare.com #sbbuzz
ginabee: @mentormarketing I saw that & wondered if you were just being incredibly clever… #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @RisingStarIdeas Hello! Good to see you here! #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Howdy! I am an entrepreneur from small town Oklahoma. ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
stellel: @mentormarketing That was the funniest typo ever! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: @ginabee Nope, Not clever today, dog gone tired. #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @mentormarketing WOW! What a resume! You’ve got to be busy:) #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @mentormarketing ๐Ÿ˜‰ #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: @myscreenshare And I owe you stuff, and here I am not working. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Tonight we’re spending a little time focusing on the BIG picture. Send me any ?s you want included. #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @mentormarketing You’re networking! That counts! #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q1 Are you able to step away from the daily routine and focus on the big picture? How? When? #sbbuzz
ginabee: @mentormarketing No comment. I can’t imagine anyone goofing off to join this crazy bunch when there are deliverables due soon! #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q1 – It is hard to do. I think the best bet is to make looking at the big picture PART of the daily routine. #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: Howdy @bradfordshimp great to see you here! #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q1 My conversations with @charliegilkey help me step out of the daily stuff and into the big picture. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: The “big picture”, after all, should inform the daily routine. Business should be a path, not a set of random tasks. #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: Q1 I find it important to take time to focus on the BIG picture. It keeps motivation high, day to day details can be slow process! #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: A1 I try to take time out each weekend to plan the upcoming week with the Big Picture. And I look for larger chunks of time off, too #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @sbbuzz A1 It’s something I am working on as the pieces come together for me, weekly review and pondering ATM #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: @bradfordshimp evening to you. #sbbuzz
TraceyHolinka: A1 We often get caught up in daily tasks but try 2 regularly revisit the big picture when we take on new projects. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @BeckyMcCray I think taking those larger chunks is important.Just like you need a personal vacation, you need time for big stuff. #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: A1 the big picture for me is to be Better Faster and Smarter than those following me. #sbbuzz
pmohara: I love the big picture, but my Inbox and to-do list are insanely jealous and resort to guerilla tactics sometimes #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @bradfordshimp I took 3 full days of retreat this May. HUGELY beneficial to “big picture” thinking. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: The big pic is like climbing a mountain. Sometimes you lose sight of it, but it the peak is always on your mind. #sbbuzz
ginabee: Q1 – I try – mostly I tend to forget, though & forge ahead on the to-dos du jour. Seems like a luxury to focus on big picture. #sbbuzz
lyceum: @sbbuzz I am doing that during my weekly review. I will start with a brainstorming session on a regular basis, using mindmaps. #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: I meet up with @bigbrightbulb annually in dec to plan for the next year. We follow up with quarterly check-in meetings #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @rongraham1 Well, knowing where you are going makes the tasks a lot less random. #sbbuzz
ginabee: Q1 – Usually takes a crisis of confidence to get me to slow down & focus on big picture. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q2 from @mentormarketing Are there tricks to converting Desire into Experience? #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @BeckyMcCray Nice. Do you do that regularly? #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @mentormarketing Same to you, nice to see you. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @ginabee Very interesting. #sbbuzz
rongraham1: @sbbuzz, desire for what? #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @pmohara I hear you! The day-to-day stuff can be very noisy and demanding. #sbbuzz
pmohara: @wildheart4vr Welcome! We’re talking about the “Big Picture” and how to make time to focus on it. See @sbbuzz for the ?s #sbbuzz
ginabee: Q2 – I was recently advised to “just do it” if I have pieces I want to write just because I want to. Kind of a “if I build it…idea #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: A1, I would say desire for success how ever you define it. #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: A1, I would say desire for success how ever you define it. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @mentormarketing Could you further define that question, not sure I understand it. #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: @pmohara thank you #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Q2 from desire to experience? Reminds me of positioning yourself as an expert as a way to learn: http://su.pr/43zOx7 #sbbuzz
TraceyHolinka: @sbbuzz U mean making what you want 2 do a reality? #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @bradfordshimp That was my first BIG retreat, but it will not be the last. #sbbuzz
ginabee: @bradfordshimp Yeah, big picture thinking helps me focus rather rather than wallow. A way to look forward if you will… #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: Q2:I think if you have the desire to learn then gaining experience will follow #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @BeckyMcCray Well, this talk of retreats and mtns makes me want to take a long weekend in the Adirondacks. Sounds worthwhile. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: @TraceyHolinka That’s how I interpreted it. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @ginabee Great advice. I bet the trick is to get thinking about the big pic stuff quickly, when you start to lose focus. #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: I mean tips on how to take big picture Desire, Health Weath or Wise and translate that into your everyday experience. #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: Q1: I have a hard time breaking the big picture into small chunks I just shoot from the hip most days #sbbuzz
ginabee: @bradfordshimp Yes, that is the best way. Not always what I do, but what I would suggest as most effective… #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @mentormarketing I think it’s like @bradfordshimp said, about making your day-to-day actions stem from your big picture desires. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q2 – You can turn a lot of desires into reality. Start thinking of the goal as an inevitable thing, then lay the groundwork. #sbbuzz
TraceyHolinka: @wildheart4vr Shooting from the hip-we’ve been there, but it never seems 2 get us were we want 2 B #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q2 – The only thing that stands in your way is time. So start working on those desires as soon as possible, even in little chunks. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @bradfordshimp Nice! I like your idea of “thinking of the goal as an inevitable thing.” And why shouldn’t it be? #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @bradfordshimp Agree! The Desire is what keeps you going through the ebbs & flows of sm biz life! Keep eye on the prize:) #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q2 clarifiication: I mean tips on how to take big picture Desire, Health Weath or Wise & translate into your everyday experience. #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @bradfordshimp It was certainly worth it for me. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @TraceyHolinka I think I agree with you on that. It can take you in big circles when you could be walking a straight line. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @BeckyMcCray Sounds like a dream! I would love to take a retreat. #sbbuzz
TraceyHolinka: @bradfordshimp And the headache from those circles! #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @lindadessau Why indeed. We rob ourselves of possibilities with our mindsets sometimes. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @TraceyHolinka LOL! For me it’s the glare from the “bright, shiny objects” that distract me from the goal I’ve been working towards. #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @lindadessau Do it! Even if it’s just one day. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @TraceyHolinka Indeed. I have personal experience with that. And it is a struggle to stop doing it!! #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @mentormarketing Sounds good. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @BeckyMcCray Is that a prescription? Can I get a note for my clients? LOL. #sbbuzz
ginabee: @mentormarketing That sounds great. The mapping would spell out each step along the way & before you know it, the journey’s done. #sbbuzz
pmohara: I find best way to get Big Picture into daily routine is to communicate it to others. Whether a mentor or the team, sharing works. #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: if you can’t afford to go to a retreat you can always do one at home if you can get rid of the kids #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @lindadessau I’ll write you a prescription! #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @pmohara Right on. That way it becomes inevitable as well as refined. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q3 from @risingstarideas What tools (online or offline) do you use to help you focus on the big picture? #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @BeckyMcCray Awesome! #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @RisingStarIdeas Love it! I think I can, I think I can, I KNOW I can, I KNOW I can! #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q3 – Whiteboard – or a blank piece of paper. #sbbuzz
ginabee: @bradfordshimp Old school! I love it!!! #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: A3: post-its, and basecamp #sbbuzz
stellel: Does anyone use mind mapping software? Or other types of apps? #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @ginabee I just need the possibility of the blank page sometimes!! #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @stellel I love mind mapping but I haven’t found a program I like. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @stellel I have. Sometimes I get distracted by the technology. #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: We use google docs so the team can all share, post, edit, etc. It’s great to see items checked as completed! #sbbuzz
TraceyHolinka: @mentormarketing We love basecamp. Couldn’t live without it. #sbbuzz
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wildheart4vr: @stellel Q3: I have a few I should use them :/ #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @stellel Yes I use mindmaps, helps me focus. I created detailed outlines, with dates and checklist too! #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q3 Don’t tell anyone, but I use a notebook. Yes, I sacrifice trees for the betterment of my business. #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: @stellel I have used mind map software, I have 1 thing from hlding me back – it is that I wish the boxes could look like index cards #sbbuzz
ginabee: Q3 – I make copious lists & outlines…yes, for my life & career as well as my articles. On paper or in a google doc…whatever. #sbbuzz
ginabee: @pmohara Your secret is safe with me! #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @pmohara No, that is trees put to good use. #sbbuzz
TraceyHolinka: @lindadessau We use Mindjet Manager. There is also Inspiration. And for Mac OmniGraffle #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @pmohara I tried the notebook route then I end up with scraps of paper around or can’t remember which book I wrote it in. Mindmaps! #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Q3 I also have a notebook with sticky notes outlining my big 4 goals. (way low tech) #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: Q3: I have Personal Brain mind map software #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: One thing that has been helpful is backward planning. Start at a goal and write your steps backward, until you get to today. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @TraceyHolinka I think I’ve looked at that one, can’t remember. @bradfordshimp, I also get distracted by the technology, I think. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @wildheart4vr I have that. Not actively using it, though. #sbbuzz
flabastida: If only there was an easy way for an ADHD person to use mindmaps, or other organizational & planning methods #sbbuzz
stellel: @mentormarketing I like the business card idea! #sbbuzz
kcolaco: Q3 I live by a whiteboard and Action Method by Behance. i also have begun to depend on Adobe Ideas on my ipad #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: @stellel I keep mentioning it every time a mind map discussion happens, but no one has designed it yet. #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: Q3: I also have Free Mind #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q3) I’ve been using Yojimbo to store everything. With tagging I can group things together and highlight what is important. #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @flabastida ADHD is a job requirement for an entrepreneur. You are not alone! #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @flabastida Haha, know what you mean. It would be better if there was just one way to do it. But I want to try them all. #sbbuzz
ginabee: @bradfordshimp Ohh…I like that! Backwards planning…hmmm… #sbbuzz
flabastida: @BeckyMcCray I like your methods, low tech but physical…you can touch, feel and see it #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @kcolaco I use Action Method, though I need to improve my use of it. It is very good. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @scoblitz My problem is remembering what tags to use. #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @scoblitz Yojimbo that’s a new one to me. I use mindmiester #sbbuzz
flabastida: @RisingStarIdeas @bradfordshimp yeah but once I try something I always seem to lose interest after a while, and that’s not good #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @wildheart4vr I have free mind too…but it just sits…foam core bulletin stuff is all I really use…everything else sits #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @bradfordshimp What is Action Method? Like GTD? #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @flabastida Me too. Big problem. Haven’t figured out a solution yet. #sbbuzz
flabastida: @BeckyMcCray would love to get more detail on your notepad with sticky notes #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: @bradfordshimp I should use it, looks interesting.. combines web and mind mapping #sbbuzz
lindadessau: I use free planners from http://www.productiveflourishing.com for my weekly and monthly planning #sbbuzz
flabastida: Anybody use the “In Place” system? Bought these clear organizing folders from Staples and it seems interesting #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @bradfordshimp I keep them simple – but they sort of define themselves. The important ones get used most often. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @bradfordshimp Similar. It is by Scott Belsky and Behance. It treats projects as actions, references, and backburners. #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @flabastida It may almost be too embarrassingly low-tech! #sbbuzz
flabastida: @bradfordshimp for a while I was using Google Docs and putting goals and action plans in Google Docs folders #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @flabastida @bradfordshimp me too I get bored with repetition and routine. I like to set things up then walk away to the next thing #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: @flabastida mmm never heard of it #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @RisingStarIdeas for a PC use OneNote – its the best thing out there. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @flabastida My problem is often going back to something. That is why I like a notebook, I can thumb back through it easily. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @RisingStarIdeas I think that is the problem with free. We stick to things we have to pay for a little better. At least I do. #sbbuzz
stellel: @scoblitz I like Yojimbo, too! #sbbuzz
flabastida: @RisingStarIdeas ha ha ha, so it ain’t just me! cc: @bradfordshimp #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: @scoblitz Do you use One note, It just sites on my task bar doing nothing, Do you have a tip to make it productive? #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q4 What do you consider your most important “big picture” ideas/tasks? #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @scoblitz thanks I have OneNote but never tried it #sbbuzz
flabastida: @bradfordshimp and you don’t have to be at a computer…good point #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: A4 My most important Big Picture Task is to maintain a balance between business and personal endeavors. #sbbuzz
ginabee: Q4 – I could tell ya – but then I’d have to kill ya. #sbbuzz
lizstrauss: @BeckyMcCray I was afraid you were going to say that … #ienvyyoureally #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q4 Using positive language to describe things in terms of what I want and/or as if I am already doing them – affirmations. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @scoblitz Do you ever collect too much stuff? My brain serves as a natural filter (forgetting things). #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @ginabee LOL! #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: @ginabee World Domination is not a secret! #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @lizstrauss Come around on Wednesday afternoon; we’re rounding up calves for the sale. ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @sbbuzz Q4 For me I think it’s talking/painting the BIG picture for the team. Like a long drive, easier if you know where ur going! #sbbuzz
stellel: @ginabee ๐Ÿ˜‰ #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Maybe I can make a post out of my low-tech folder system. #sbbuzz
flabastida: Q4: create a content marketing strategy for my current company (@kpionline) to create content that mid-sized biz want to consume #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q4 – My big goal is to get better at doing medium sized projects to get me to my big goals. Too much time spent on little things. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @mentormarketing I’ll send you some resources I’ve collected via email. #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: @BeckyMcCray oh you definitely should I would so read it #sbbuzz
stellel: @BeckyMcCray Sounds interesting! #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @pmohara You are so cool. ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
flabastida: @mentormarketing @ginabee lol! #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q4 – For instance, taking four hour chunks to work on writing longer material. #sbbuzz
lizstrauss: @BeckyMcCray Send me a proposal … I’ll see if I can make it. heh heh #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q4 Misread the question – we’re talking specifics, are we? Now I see what Gina meant ๐Ÿ˜‰ #sbbuzz
pmohara: I love that we’re herding cattle on #sbbuzz tonight! #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @bradfordshimp I am taking the “Just In Time” approach to collecting info. Only for immediately usage otherwise its clutter #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @lizstrauss Drat. I was afraid you’d say that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ #sbbuzz
stellel: @pmohara I’ve got a rather large (empty) notebook collection, too… #sbbuzz
TraceyHolinka: @bradfordshimp At the end of some days I’m exhausted but I’m not really sure what I’ve done. #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q4 Most important “big picture” item for me is to spend time looking at what we’re accomplishing to see if it aligns w/our goals #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @pmohara If I ever need inspiration, I can always flip back through the notebook. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q4 … the book will be the foundation of my next round of service offerings, events, content, everything! #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @TraceyHolinka creating a list will help you feel like you have done somthing 3 to 5 things only do what’s on the list nothing else #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @bradfordshimp I don’t trust my brain to make those decisions – too much else goes in to forgetting something. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @RisingStarIdeas That’s Action Method meets Toyota – love it!! #sbbuzz
pmohara: @BeckyMcCray Only when I hang out with you! #sbbuzz
ginabee: Q4 – But seriously folks…My big, big picture goal is to work toward doing more of the work I want for those I want to work with. #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: in retrospect tho I know I need to start breaking down the business plan in to daily action tasks to make it a reality #sbbuzz
flabastida: @lindadessau maybe I missed something…what book? #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q4 I see that this book is going to bring everything together – even though it wasn’t in the original 2010 biz plan. #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @ginabee the way you said that reminded me of the book Do More Great Work. #sbbuzz
pmohara: @bradfordshimp @stellel I keep a personal journal mixed in w/the work notes/tasks. It’s really fun to look back through. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @flabastida My first post got dropped from TweetChat window http://twitter.com/lindadessau/status/17375337993 #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: Q4 most import task is to Get out of my own way! Be more like Nike and just do it. You think long you think wrong ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: @wildheart4vr try @bradfordshimp Backwards Planning idea from your target launch date #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @lindadessau Sounds like you’re committed! Can’t wait to read it:) #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q4) Right now I’m enjoying focusing on the details and letting myself figure out what my next big picture will be. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @pmohara Interesting. I don’t personal journal. My dad does, especially spiritual notes, and he can look back over the past years. #sbbuzz
flabastida: @lindadessau ok, I think I need an advance copy of your book…similar to @juntajoe‘s book? #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @pmohara Being able to look back is pretty cool, and probably pretty enlightening. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @myscreenshare Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to read it either – it’s been a bit of a difficult labour, LOL ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Wow – the time got away from me tonight! We’re nearing the end of the chat. THanks all for joining in! #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: And now it is what we affectionately call Pitch Time. Please tell us a little about your business. #sbbuzz
flabastida: @scoblitz that seems a little backwards…I’m still trying to figure out how to convert big picture goals to daily activities #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: @mentormarketing well that is the problem I am not sure on a launch date yet #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @mentormarketing Only the wildest ones. #sbbuzz
ginabee: @scoblitz Sometimes you just gotta let things figure themselves out. No amount of planning or trying will facilitate the process… #sbbuzz
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americare: @pmohara agree, if it isn’t working we determine why and adjust or drop it. #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @lindadessau I can only imagine! Picture yourself holding the final draft, that’s inspiration right there! #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @flabastida Haven’t read it – but I hope mine will be helpful! #sbbuzz
TraceyHolinka: Great chat. @chaostoclarity helps small biz & freelancers use social networking/media & the Web to grow their biz #chaostoclarity #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @myscreenshare Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @wildheart4vr The backwards plan will help you figure out when you will be ready to launch. #sbbuzz
americare: @BeckyMcCray Maybe make it a video post so you can demo the low tech, ease of use #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @ginabee, @scoblitz Sometimes the best part of the journey happens on the detour, right?! #sbbuzz
mentormarketing: Pitch: I provide a comprehensive resource for business professionals who want to learn more about strategic online marketing #sbbuzz
lindadessau: How to write a top 10 article that will demonstrate your expertise to prospective customers http://ht.ly/1Z0mN (pitch time on #sbbuzz
flabastida: @lindadessau anything about content marketing I devour..like Copyblogger, Junta42, etc. #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @americare I might do that. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Thanks to everyone for the BIG ideas! We’ll get the #sbbuzz summary posted on the site soon at http://sbbuzz.biz
ginabee: http://www.writeytidy.com Content creativity for websites, newsletters, social media & more! I use my words to tell your story. #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: I run a blog Wildheart’s Web 2.0 http://wildheartsweb20.com #sbbuzz
flabastida: I provide marketing communications to Latin American companies wanting to enter US mkt..current project: @kpionline #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Thanks for a great chat, everyone! Thanks for hosting @sbbuzz and @pmohara! #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @sbbuzz what it’s been an hour already?? how is that possible?? #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: PITCHEROO: Check out my small business website – http://allbizanswers.com. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @flabastida if you know what your goals are that is a good approach. Sometimes you need to let the goals define themselves. #sbbuzz
pmohara: Pamela here from @batchblue Social CRM and the makers of a fine #sbbuzz chat near you
sbbuzz: #sbbuzz is a small business Twitter chat hosted each Tuesday night 8-9 PM ET by the folks from @batchblue Come again soon!
myscreenshare: We provide Audio/Video Broadcasting, Desktop Share, Webinar, Affiliate Program, more! Check us out! http://www.myscreenshare.com #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @scoblitz I see what you are saying. Goals do change, I know mine have. #sbbuzz
flabastida: @americare @beckymccray yes yes! Do the video post! #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: . Looking for online tools to grow your biz? T.I.P.S. (Tools for Improved Profit and Success) newsletter http://101freetools.com #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @sbbuzz My pitch…I specialize in small businesses serving a local market…full service on a bite size budget ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @flabastida @americare see what I’ve gotten myself into? #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: I miss the 12 question chats. #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @Patrysha Great pitch! LOVE it! #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: that @Patrysha is a smart cookie too ๐Ÿ˜‰ #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: Thanks for the great tweetchat tonight! I learned so much! Can’t wait for the next one! #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: @bradfordshimp I was never a journal person, but small biz is such a roller coaster I decided to record some highs & lows. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Anyone wanting to try out discount value cards – like Groupon – check out the offer on this post – tp://ow.ly/250UW #sbbuzz
flabastida: @sbbuzz Thanks to you and the good folks at @batchblue for the wonderful chat! #sbbuzz
pmohara: @bradfordshimp is that a hint you want to host again? ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
flabastida: @scoblitz @bradfordshimp I’m trying to get into visualization….visualizing my day beforehand #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @MyScreenShare thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been working on honing it…I know what I do, but hard to put it few words! #sbbuzz
pmohara: @lindadessau @flatbastida you’re welcome! Thanks for being so involved! #sbbuzz
wildheart4vr: @flabastida actually visualization works great I did it to survive college still not done yet but it worked #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @flabastida Getting good results? We used to do that running cross country. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @pmohara My pleasure! It’s always a great time ๐Ÿ™‚ The extra week in between makes the chats even sweeter. #sbbuzz

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Tools for Managing Small Business Admin. Summary from April 27, 2010

This week’s chat covered small business resources for payroll, hr administration, office management.

  • Weโ€™re on every Tuesday from 8-9 pm EST.ย  The next chat will be held on March 30, 2010.
  • You can read the instructions on how to participate here:ย http://sbbuzz.biz/instructions
  • Invite others to join in, help them get started.ย  We started this chat to facilitate conversation between small biz owners.
sbbuzz: Welcome to #sbbuzz, a Tweetchat for the next hour of small biz talking technology on Twitter. Join us! http://sbbuzz.biz/instructions
sbbuzz: Rules: 1)NO pitching till end 2)Be nice 3)Stay ON TOPIC! 4)Send ?s for group to me w/o hashtag 5)Use #sbbuzz in all messages 6)Have fun!
sbbuzz: Start off w/an INTRO: 1 message about you and your business and whatever else we need to know. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Hi bee, thanks for hosting, hey everyone, I’m glad to be here! I help coaches write better content http://snipr.com/t1pw5 (intro for #sbbuzz
pmohara: Hi all! Pamela here from @batchblue and the host of #sbbuzz Let me know if you have any special requests of the DJ tonight
wvpmc: Hi bees – missed you all lately (Tues meetings) – Wendy from CT, I’ve been doing integrated marcom for >2 decades #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz Jody here a cpa
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Hi everyone – Scott Blitstein, Customer Experience with @batchblue, blogger, sr. procrastinator of lawn moving operations #sbbuzz
beanie72: Hey this is Adam, Blogging, twitter are my main focus #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Tonight’s topic is small biz tools for the admin side of business management. Send me ?s you want discussed with the group #sbbuzz
stellel: Hi twitter friends! Christelle here, Customer Experience with @batchblue. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q1 Do you manage your own payroll? What services/tools do you use? #sbbuzz
foodiegrl: Hi there! Liz J. again from @VR4SmallBiz – in addition to email marketing, I do our BtoB campaigns and BusDev outreach #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz Of course I do! I’m a cpa but I use saas software!
TheBottomRock: A small candle company, selling on @etsy, starting craft shows and hoping to expand #sbbuzz
pmohara: Gee, I was wondering that same thing on Twitter today and here it is the topic of tonight’s chat #sbbuzz #coincidenceor not
pmohara: Some suggestions I got: ADP, Netsuite, Intuit Payroll, Trinet, Administaff ANyone have experience w/these? #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: Joining #sbbuzz for a little while – Evening all!
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz Intuit Online Payroll is the best/ FKA Paycycle. ADP and Administaff will charge you an arm and a leg.
scoblitz: @pmohara I reviewed Intuit Payroll back when it was PayCycle and it looked very good. #sbbuzz
pmohara: @JodyPadarCPA Interesting. Our CPA doesn’t do this. I’d been outsourcing to a payroll service, but too many egregious mistakes #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz Intuit online Payroll is great for Small business. As a CPA I can resell it but a lot of people can do it fine on their own.
sbbuzz: Q2 Do you provide staff benefits? Do you use a service to manage that? Any good online tools? #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz. People with more complicated payroll need help but if all you have is an IRA or health insurance you can do it yourself
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz CPA’s in general are scared of payroll. Because most are not tech savy and don’t know the SAAS solutions that are out their
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz I have a handful of hr consultant who I refer out. We can do simple plan (401k) in house.
stellel: The CPA we use for my husband’s business does payroll. #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz for me it the connection to my client that payroll brings…i am communicating with them all the time…
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz better relationship payroll provides because of the constant interaction. Makes my clients “sticky”
pmohara: @JodyPadarCPA I’ll have to follow up with you to hear more – thanks for the info! #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q3 What part of your business operations do you outsource? What do you do yourself? #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz amazes me how many small business don’t
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz I just recently started outsourcing my technical writing. It’s so much better
lindadessau: @JodyPadarCPA Funny, I was just going to say how I outsource my bookkeeping! #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @JodyPadarCPA (In case you don’t know me, the reason that’s funny is that I’m a content writer/editor) #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q3 We outsource legal, accounting, payroll & use virtual assistant for travel arrangements. #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: @lindaedessau Love it you are a Ghostwriter! too funny. #sbbuzz
beanie72: Bookeeping at the moment #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz @lindaedesau Everybody thinks they can write. boy are they wrong. It’s amazing what a professional does. Who Knew?
pmohara: @beanie72 oh yes, and bookkeeping. Tough one to let go. I SO enjoyed doing it myself. ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @JodyPadarCPA So true, so true. And my books would still be a mess if I hadn’t called in a pro. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q4 Do you use a virtual assistant? What do you use them for? #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz Bookkeeping a good one to let go. Then it will get done. We don’t do any bookkeeping in my firm except my own. I make referals out
gregelwell: @sbbuzz I’m looking at doing strategic and generalist roles while outsourcing specialty functions. #sbbuzz
djbookkeeper: Better to join late than never! Just a suggestion:there are less expensive solutions for payroll than ADP. #sbbuzz
beanie72: @pmohara I had a Bernard form Black books type of system!! It had to be outsourced!!! LOL #sbbuzz
pmohara: We’ve used our virtual assistant for travel arrangements, event planning, writing, editing – she’s an @chelpixie of all trades #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz Who has a hard time letting go of anything?
wvpmc: @JodyPadarCPA raises her hand ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q5 What operations tool or service has been the best timesaver for you? #sbbuzz
djbookkeeper: I’m very appreciative of Mozy, Dropbox, gotoassist and my dual monitors! They are all great time-savers. #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz For us it’s using gotomeeting or hosted solutions. We use portals for tax returns and document exchanges…
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz Portals are great in theory but not every client is ready to use one.
AlaiaWilliams: @sbbuzz A5: I love Toodledo for keeping track of tasks. RescueTime helps me keep on track in terms of how I’m spending my time #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: @djbookkeeper Dropbox seems to come up frequently. What do you use it for? #sbbuzz
pmohara: @djbookkeeper Oops – everyone once in a while I forget to take off the bee mask. THat was me asking. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: And now it is what we affectionately call Pitch Time. Please tell us a little about your business. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: If you’d like a once-a-week e-mail reminder of #sbbuzz (including the topic) sign up at http://sbbuzz.net #sbbuzz
djbookkeeper: I use dropbox w/ some clients that have Quick Books & are uneasy w/ remote access. Easier than emailing files back and forth. #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz I’m CPA. We do Tax and QB consulting and Payroll. Would like to be your full service accounting solution. http://ow.ly/1DWKJ
sbbuzz: Thanks to everyone for joining in. A small but resourceful group tonight! We’ll get the #sbbuzz summary posted soon at http://sbbuzz.biz
lindadessau: Free readability checklist that is guaranteed to improve your writing http://snipr.com/mbys9 (my pitch on #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: #sbbuzz is a small business Twitter chat hosted each Tuesday night by the folks from @batchblue Come again soon!
lindadessau: @sbbuzz Thanks for hosting, thanks everyone! See you next time ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
djbookkeeper: I have By the Numbers Bookkeeping. I love to clean up messes by small business owners! Quick Books ProAdvisor #sbbuzz
pmohara: Pamela here from #sbbuzz host @batchblue We’re hiring RoR developers – help us spread the word! http://batchblue.com/jobs/
pmohara: @djbookkeeper Good to know. I used to man our QuickBooks, but unfortunately developed an allergy. ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
pmohara: Thanks everyone for the great advice tonight! Nice to focus on the admin side sometimes. #sbbuzz
wvpmc: Pitch: posting good articles on marketing and soc med from around the web at http://www.wvpmc.com/facebook.php #sbbuzz

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Tools for Managing Small Business Admin

Ah, the fun part of owning your own business.ย  The administrative management of it.ย  If you are successful, and since you are a savvy #sbbuzz reader you must be successful, you will continue to grow and stretch and push the limits of managing the operations of your business.

So tonight we will be talking about the tools and services available for managing the exciting side of business; payroll, hr administration, office management.

Please join us tonight from 8:00 โ€“ 9:00 PM EST to learn the best way to keep your trains running on time.

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Website Development for Small Businesses: Summary from April 6, 2010

This week #sbbuzz members discussed how they handle Website Development for their small businesses. The discussion included development tools, time management and site analytics. Read on for the web development buzz!

  • Weโ€™re on every Tuesday from 8-9 pm EST.ย  The next chat will be held on March 30, 2010.
  • You can read the instructions on how to participate here:ย http://sbbuzz.biz/instructions
  • Invite others to join in, help them get started.ย  We started this chat to facilitate conversation between small biz owners.
sbbuzz: Welcome to #sbbuzz, a Tweetchat for the next hour of small biz talking technology on Twitter. Join us! http://sbbuzz.biz/instructions
sbbuzz: Rules: 1)NO pitching till end 2)Be nice 3)Stay ON TOPIC! 4)Send ?s for group to me w/o hashtag 5)Use #sbbuzz in all messages 6)Have fun!
samuraivt: Planning or participating in #sbbuzz chat tonight…Before LOST starts. Tonight’s topic is website development for small biz.
sbbuzz: Start off w/an INTRO: 1 message about you and your business and whatever else we need to know. #sbbuzz
cjservia: Business protection services – Lighthouse Continuiity Partners, LLC #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Hi again folks. I love small business. I write about and for SMB and design sites and write content for SMB sites. #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Hi, Becky from Oklahoma. Cattle rancher and entrepreneur. Playing in both @#agchat and #sbbuzz tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚
ginabee: Good evening, everyone! Gina w/ WriteyTidy writing services/content creation here. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Hi everyone, I’m glad to be here! I help coaches with their content marketing at http://tinyurl.com/ydw9p6y (intro for #sbbuzz)
theflaggagency: Hi Chuck, Cruise consultant and writer from Canton, GA #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Hi Everyone – Glad to be back! Scott from @batchblue, blogger, go-to guy, eater of ice cream. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @theflaggagency Oooo, I think Chuck should host the next meeting at HIS workplace! #sbbuzz
pmohara: Hi all – Pamela here once again from @batchblue and official moderator of #sbbuzz Nice to see so many familiar (and a few new) faces!
helpbusinesses: Hey All, Jacqueline Global business manager to small businesses helping start, manage & run their companies http://www.businesspipeline.com #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @sbbuzz Patrysha Korchinski, speaker, author, marketer, publicist, mom ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
samuraivt: Hello #sbbuzz I’m Anthony, we provide marketing tools including virtual tours, websites, and consulting. Also a certified Hubspot partner.
sbbuzz: Tonight’s topic is website development and maintenance. Send me ?s you want discussed with the group #sbbuzz
jencrutch: Hi All – Jennifer from Gather Arts Organizing in Indiana #sbbuzz #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q1 What do you use your business website for? #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz Hey…Jody a cpa from chicago
st8creative: Hi There #sbbuzz I am Carol with ST8 Creative Solutions that provides great websites and internet Marketing #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz Hi I’m Michelle Riggen-Rasome from @batchblue, makers of BatchBook social CRM. #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Q1 #sbbuzz My liquor store website is info only – no ordering allowed. All my biz websites include blogs to share info with customers.
lindadessau: Q1 I use my website to tell the story of how I help clients with content marketing, and what’s possible for them if they do it well. #sbbuzz
ginabee: Q1 – Advertising & making my portfolio available. Also contact info. #sbbuzz
pmohara: @BeckyMcCray I hope you accidentally answer some #agchat questions here. We need some good dirt. ๐Ÿ˜› #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @sbbuzz My goal is to attract clients, some days all it seems to do is attract dust and spammers #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz seems like a “brochure” trying to make it “social”
BeckyMcCray: @pmohara I can provide manure, too, if needed. #agchat #sbbuzz
cjservia: Q1 #sbbuzz Mine is for sharing information and general marketing at this time. May offer products specifically later.
bradfordshimp: Q1 – To share useful information and to attract visits and convert those visits into leads. #sbbuzz
samuraivt: A Q1 Our website showcases our work and generates leads for our business. #sbbuzz
theflaggagency: Q1: Our bus website is to inform clients on everything from cruise wear to suppliers to destination info. Never had sale from it. #sbbuzz
st8creative: @Q1 Showcase our portfolio and get customers to get ask for a quote #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q1- a virtual business card – a place for people to learn more about me. #sbbuzz
lamikey: @sbbuzz Hi I’m Mikey Hougland designer from @batchblue, makers of BatchBook social CRM. #sbbuzz
jencrutch: Q1: easy contact, before&after, blog w/2x wk updates #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz Q1 We use batchblue.com to help folks find out more about our product, our company & of course, sign up for an account! #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @sbbuzz Of course, that’s mostly because I don’t spend the time on my own site the way I would like to #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: I think a small biz website needs to work – which usually means either attracting new prospects or educating current ones. #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Q1 #sbbuzz How many of us are guilty of working on clients, and neglecting our own websites??
samuraivt: #sbbuzz Surprised more ppl aren’t mentioning lead generation as a top reason they use their website for.
st8creative: I think a small biz website need to be one of its main marketing tool #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz Q1 @bradfordshimp makes a good point: what *should* a small biz website do? #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @BeckyMcCray Yup that would totally describe me…thier sites are always more fun to work with… #sbbuzz
lamikey: @sbbuzz Q1- a place for small business to learn how to better utilize their contacts to grow their business w/ our software. #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: know what i want…not creative enough to get there and limited by “canned” site #sbbuzz
jencrutch: Q1 it can take ppl many contacts/education before they’ll allow me to come into home. website can be one. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @BeckyMcCray Hmm, the cardinal sin. I am trying to get better and improving my site first, using it as a testing ground. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @samuraivt my business site isn’t designed for lead generation but rather lead education. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Wrote a post on this. A small biz website should be useful – http://tinyurl.com/yf4bynx #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @scoblitz But does it also convert those leads after it educates them? #sbbuzz
ginabee: @scoblitz Nice way to put it! That goes along w/ your whole philosophy of client empowerment. #sbbuzz
michellegust: Q1: Guilty. Client’s websites always take priority over my own. #sbbuzz
st8creative: education makes better and long lasting leads #sbbuzz
samuraivt: @scoblitz Education is important, and can be one good goal, but once they are educated what would you hope they do? #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: @sbbuzz I use my website as a homebase to provide useful info 4 clients/prospects 2help them decide 2 hire me (+ Tw, LI, FB) #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: I am kind of on a crusade, as a web guy focused on small biz, to see just how useful sites can be for small biz. #sbbuzz
samuraivt: @scoblitz @mriggen even said “& of course, sign up for an account!” That is a good measurable goal. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q2 What tools do you use to maintain your web site? Blog site, Google sites, CMS, other? #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @samuraivt To my mind that is what attracting clients means…lead generation, part of the package #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz I want to make mine a “summer” home. Where clients can come and be comfortable with interactive exchanges of files
cjservia: Q2 #sbbuzz I use Joomla with additional plugins including vTiger CRM. Still learning the tools and how to use them to generate leads.
CathyWebSavvyPR: belated intro – 20 yr PR pro integrating Social media into the marketing mix 2 get results 4 clients #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @bradfordshimp @samuraivt conversion is important, and should be better – but goal wasn’t to generate new leads. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q2 I’m a Typepad girl (I know, not as popular as WordPress) for my blog and several websites. I’ve also used Google Sites & Weebly. #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @JodyPadarCPA You’d be surprised what you can accomplish with just a little time if you do want to tackle it yourself #sbbuzz
jencrutch: Q2 using WordPress for my biz site #sbbuzz
jpwint: #sbbuzz MODx modxcms.com . Awesome and easy to extend.
CathyWebSavvyPR: Q2 I use WordPress.org to run my blog-based website with the Thesis premium them, also use aedway them 4 client sites #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Q2. #SBBuzz I’m still a happy Blogger user. The new design tools are vastly improved.
bradfordshimp: Q2 – HUGE fan of WordPress. Currently using the Headway theme to manage both of my main sites. #sbbuzz
lamikey: @sbbuzz Q2- Radiant CMS, WordPress, Google Analytics #sbbuzz
michellegust: Q2: WordPress. Use for developing clients sites as well. #sbbuzz
samuraivt: @scoblitz Leads or some sort of conversion…thanks for the clarification…tough to say it all in 140 characters..#sbbuzz
st8creative: Q2- Rss feeds, blogs blog posts or else – as long as up to date #sbbuzz
jencrutch: Q2 I have a personal blog on Blogger and it’s so much more intuitive for me. #sbbuzz
ginabee: Q2 – WordPress seemed the best choice for a quick, attractive site that was customizable enough & fit my needs. #sbbuzz
samuraivt: A Q2 WordPress and Joomla are the main CMS’s we use for our sites and our clients’ sites. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @samuraivt @mriggen is a master – I learn something every day from her. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @scoblitz Right, but I think we should be sending leads to an amazing marketing tool that will seal the deal. We could all do better #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: @JodyPadarCPA cool _ I LOVE that description of a use for a business website #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz that why I’m here need to learn about all this website stuff myself
Patrysha: @sbbuzz Q2 WordPress girl here, used to do everything in Dreamweaver…still can in a pinch, have used Joomla for clients… #sbbuzz
st8creative: @ ginabee wordpress is a favorite around here too! #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: For those looking to self-design, I suggest Artisteer for WP themes, Homestead for full sites, but also like Squarespace. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q2: Usually Drupal or WordPress although Squarespace is becoming a new favorite. #sbbuzz
michellegust: @bradfordshimp Yep, artisteer is good but lots of very nice premium wp themes if only doing one site. #sbbuzz
mriggen: @scoblitz Gah you are too kind! I owe much to @lamikey. She’s the (wo)man behind the curtain ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: The flexibility of WordPress and the great plug ins make it a real winner for me. #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: @CathyWebSavvyPR #sbbuzz I want my clients so comfortable they never want to leave me…starts with my website
bradfordshimp: @michellegust True, unless you are like me and like to rearrange the furniture frequently, so to speak #sbbuzz
GLHancock: Q2 Dreamweaver and Blogger until the end of this month. I have two sites used to provide info for writers, attract editing clients #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: I used to run my Poetry website on Homestead. I changed the look completely every month. Loved the flexibility. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q3 Who does maintenance of your site (design, content and development)? How do you find time? #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q3 I’ve been maintaining my sites myself (though someone else designed) but am now handing it over to a virtual assistant (HOORAY!). #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q3 – I maintain my own and provide content management for clients. I recommend Small Biz to get some help in this area. #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: Q4 Id do the site maintenance. SOmetimes I get so busy working on client strategies & sites, thatI neglect my own. #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz Problem with most sm bus website is that they are sterile…think of a waiting room how do you want it to be
st8creative: Q3 – Our Creative Director and Marketing specialist – no they don’t have enough time #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: A biz owner may have time to blog once a week, for instance. Hire someone to fill in the gaps to make the blog more effective. #sbbuzz
GLHancock: Q3 Me, myself & I make/take the time. Not always timely, tho. My 2nd site is/was for writers’ websites sales. Nonprofit! #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q3 @ginabee is my content queen but I do the maintenance. I am due for a redesign. #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: Q3b do have WordPress gurus & designer peeps who I go to when I need more thant I can do. I’m tech savvy, but know my limits #sbbuzz
ginabee: Q3 – I provide content (I’d better – I’m a writer!) I had LOTS of input on design but for maintenance, well, I know a guy ๐Ÿ˜‰ #sbbuzz
lindadessau: That’s one of the best lessons I internalized from #wtlead in March – for me, the tech stuff is a distraction from my creative work. #sbbuzz
cjservia: Q3 #sbbuzz I do. Hard 2 find time some times, but I work it out. I’ve tried 2 make it so simple that I have no excuse not 2 keep it updated.
st8creative: – They are too busy doing it for our lovely small business clients ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
jpwint: Agree with @JodyPadarCPA. Most small business sites are like a waiting room with a year old copy of Time magazine #sbbuzz
theflaggagency: Q3 a Company called Primero has a package called Webtreepro. It allows for pushed locked and editable content for franchise owners #sbbuzz
samuraivt: We do our own site maintenance. When we find the time it is through self discipline and by measuring to see what we can improve. #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: @bradfordshimp Q3 agreed – akso you can offer guest posts to folks to branch out for your site. #sbbuzz
jencrutch: I update blog 2X wk and before/after page 1X wk. #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz Q3 We’re lucky to have an in-house designer @lamikey who is WordPress guru but I do most of content & try to use our CMS. #sbbuzz
GLHancock: @lindadessau Interesting — I find the tech stuff immensely creative! #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q3 Our communications director (@mriggen) & designer (@lamikey) do all maintenance. They do jam sessions once a week & crank #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @CathyWebSavvyPR Indeed, that is a good move. #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: @GLHancock Me too – I guess it’m my inner geek coming out of the closet; but tech is kind of like a way more fun jigsaw puzzle #sbbuzz
mriggen: @pmohara We’re at my house jamming tonight in fact! And doing sbbuzz and drinking wine (shhh…don’t tell the boss ๐Ÿ˜‰ #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @GLHancock Oh me, too, and I love it, but it’s not my core work. I get it out of my system doing two websites for causes I love. #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: will be hiring for major redesign but need to find an easy way for me to keep it real. #sbbuzz
lamikey: @sbbuzz Q3 @mriggen does the writing, I add the jazz hands. time? I’d like to find some more of that! #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: I just started using Word to publish my blog posts. It really is as easy as writing a document, so anyone can do it, even biz owners #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @JodyPadarCPA You just need an easy way to add your own content and a designer who knows how to listen. #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: @lamikey WRNING bad pun Alert: spare time – what’s that – when Uhave extra herbs n spices in the kitchen (get it -spare Thyme) groan #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Q3. #sbbuzz Do all my own website maintenance on Blogger. But it’s easy enough I can delegate to most anyone.
GLHancock: Being your own site designer and content provider is the best of all worlds! Activates & satisfies both sides of the brain. #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: @bradfordshrimp exactly.nobody cares about tech tax stuff. they need a place to exchange with me #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @CathyWebSavvyPR That WAS a groaner! Probably works better verbally – lol. #sbbuzz
mriggen: Kristina Halvorson (@halvorson) is amazing source for info about content strategy & writerly stuff. http://www.braintraffic.com/ #sbbuzz
michellegust: There are even blackberry & iphone apps so you can publish content to wordpress. blogging on the go! #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @JodyPadarCPA Its Shimp, btw. What you need to do is find out what customers care about that relates in some way to the biz. #sbbuzz
st8creative: maybe some project management @bradfordshimp You just need an easy way to add your own content and a designer who knows how to listen #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q4 How often do you update your site? Any tips for keeping content fresh? #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: #Chat Tip: hit the star button and favorite people with interesting content – go back later & follow/add 2 lists #sbbuzz
jpwint: Q4 Make a production calendar. That is one useful carry over the newspaper world. A calendar forces you to find a reason to publish #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: @bradfordshimp sorry about the shrimp! #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @CathyWebSavvyPR At least you warned us first…lol #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Q4. #sbbuzz I post to my sites whenever I have a new story to tell or something useful to share with customers.
CathyWebSavvyPR: @bradfordshimp no ist’s pretty bad verbally too (the typos don’t help) – but I love the oppty for PUNishment. #sbbuzz
st8creative: usually depends on the industry. Tip = get help ! #sbbuzz
GLHancock: Q4 If you front your site with a blog (and blog frequently) that takes care of the “fresh” factor. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q4 – Daily. Looking to increase that for AllBizAnswers.com. Need regular experts and writers to help out. #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: Q4 – need 2 do more, but need to put up a featurebox – every time I go to chage my current (old) post, it converts a client 4 me #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz I love contributing regularly to the @batchblue blog. My own site doesn’t get updated often enough though. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @JodyPadarCPA No problem, common mistake. Just ask anyone here! #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbuzz Q4 We update marcomm site when we have new features/partners to announce. We *try* to update blog 2-3 times a week. #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: Q4: fresh content ideas – guest blog posts, roundups of important articles, answer your client’s core pain points #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: So clients will be coming to my site daily/weekly to exchange doc…what do i give them “a cheesecake recipe” #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Q4. #sbbuzz if you use other tools like Delicious or Flickr, use their widgets to add fresh updates to your website, too.
Patrysha: @sbbuzz Depends on the week…fresh content goes to my email list more often than to the website #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q4 I aim to blog twice a week & there’s a RSS feed of my blog on every page of my website. #sbbuzz
ginabee: Q4 Mine only needs updating when info changes. I don’t have a biz blog yet so when there’s something new to say, I’ll say it. #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: Q4 Fresh content ideas – create an editorial calendar, ID client pain points, hit 1/wk – PR, Social Media, Blogging, strategy #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @CathyWebSavvyPR Ahh, the pun within the pun! #sbbuzz
GLHancock: When you add a new page or file to your site, update your sitemap files and notify search engines that use them. #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz oh man, this is the BEST from @chrisbrogan for blog post ideas. Oldie but goodie (not him, the post ๐Ÿ™‚ http://bit.ly/Sr8N #sbbuzz
MediaCollective: Q4 we recommend our dev clients to post quality info vs frequency filler of no value #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: @ginabee let’s get you up & runign with a business blog by the enf=d of the month – thy realy can help educae & convert clients #sbbuzz
theflaggagency: Q4 Website updated regularly at the corporate level. I try to blog twice a week or daily when on a cruise or other trip. #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: @bradfordshimp I will say that second one IS good,and is my favorite pun. Thx 4 opty 2 use it! #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q5 What aspect of site development/maintenance would you like to learn more about? #sbbuzz
JoeCrockett: Good evening folks. Hope you don’t mind me dropping in late in the convo #SBBuzz
cjdub: Q4 I try to add general industry-related blurbs in my area of work at least daily and then more specific “my voice” posts weekly #sbbuzz
GLHancock: @MediaCollective Quality rules! #sbbuzz
cjservia: Q5 #sbbuzz – RSS Feeds, Mailing Lists.
ginabee: @CathyWebSavvyPR A biz blog is my next step…too busy to implement it right now, though. #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: Q5 I’d like 2 know more about tweaking the look & feel of WordPress sites – Thesis & Headway themes do it…but I’d like 2 know more #sbbuzz
jpwint: Q5 Heard a cool speech from Cisco about dynamic content for customer segments. How can small biz do that? That’s what I want to know #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: @JoeCrockett welcome! #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: #sbbuzz how do you have time for all this content without “buying” it
MediaCollective: Q4: keep content fresh, RSS is your best friend, twitter fav’s for the week & trends = relevent idea fodder #sbbuzz
GLHancock: Q4 Just remembered my Twitters show up on my blog page, too. So it is updated as frequently as I tweet. #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: @ginabee What you can do during your few quite moments – is begin 2 build yr blogging strategy, structrue, goals. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q5 – Would like to improve coding skills, but that might take me into software dev, apps, plug ins, etc. #sbbuzz
cjdub: Q5 – I’m trying to develop better platform integration across all my social touchpoints with my site. #sbbuzz
jpwint: @JodyPadarCPA “time for content without buying it” And how do you know how much content you need to achieve your objectives? #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @ActiveIngreds Howdy! #sbbuzz
cjdub: Q5 – …without going too generic. I don’t want my site to have the same social toolbar you see everywhere (not that that’s bad) #sbbuzz
ActiveIngreds: @BeckyMcCray thank you! #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: @jpwint Small biz can create an editorial calendar – after IDing their audience segments – write info targeting each aud. needs #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Q5. #sbbuzz I’m always learning more about WordPress and integrating with other services. I hate it, but I’m learning. ๐Ÿ˜€
jpwint: @bradfordshimp Why do you want to improve you coding skills? I had the same though, then decided to leverage to others instead #sbbuzz
st8creative: Q5- better ways of integration #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: @jpwint No idea…I know nobody reads the content I have now. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q5 I’m actually learning to let the experts be experts and getting away from the design type work. #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: @cjdub yes – connecting the social media dots can be a great business development tool #sbbuzz
lamikey: @sbbuzz Q5 we’re currently tackling analytics. better tracking conversions and traffic would help w/ content strategy. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @jpwint Its the nerd in me. But you are right, and I am afraid it will only lead to distraction. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Sorry for the folks just joining – but we are nearing the end. It’s now Pitch TIme – tell us more about your business #sbbuzz
michellegust: @JodyPadarCPA Are you sure they aren’t reading? Do you have any analytics software implemented? #sbbuzz
jpwint: @cjdub Have you seen the toolbar at @marketingprofs MarketingProfs.com? #sbbuzz
GLHancock: @lamikey Analytics is probably the final tool I need to perfect, too. What are you using? #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: @JodyPadarCPA s you’ve checked your google analytics and no one is reading your site. hard 2 belive – we can help! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #sbbuzz
ginabee: Q5 I simply want to continue learning a bit here & a bit there about it all so I’m not so reliant on my go-to guy. He’s so $$$! ๐Ÿ˜‰ #sbbuzz
ActiveIngreds: @sbbuzz does the chat go until 10pm? #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @sbbuzz I’d like to learn more about the pyschology of navigation, colour -plus other things to increase conversions #sbbuzz
michellegust: Analytics can also provide other ideas for content. #sbbuzz
YourGoToGuy: I dabble in WordPress small biz sites, membership sites, and email campaigns with a storytelling approach. #sbbuzz
cjdub: Dang, missed out on a bit tonight. I’ll have to go back and read over the discussion. Good chat, though – Thanks folks! #sbbuzz
pmohara: @ActiveIngreds Welcome! Q5 What aspect of site development/maintenance would you like to learn more about? #sbbuzz
cjservia: We help businesses prepare alternative management plans. Preparation is key to survival, and written plans are key to preparation. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: http://broadrivercreative.com helps small biz tell their story and connect with customers via website and online marketing. #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: @CathyWebSavvyPR Actually, tons of people are..but i don’t know how to do analytics hence why I’m going to prof redo. #sbbuzz
ActiveIngreds: @pmohara thanks so much! #sbbuzz
GLHancock: Pitch: writing/editing/publishing guide at writers-edge.info and sometimes designing website for writers at hancockwebsites.com #sbbuzz
familyfoodie: @sbbuzz Thank you all the great info tonight! For us newbies, it is sooo helpful #sbbuzz
st8creative: we are webdesign and online marketing agency. 360o. degree online presence managed with us. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: @ActiveIngreds No, sorry. We only go until 9. We’ll be posting a summary of the chat very soon at http://sbbuzz.biz #sbbuzz
theflaggagency: @sbbuzz We R fee based cruise consultants who specialize in selecting, marketing and administering cruises for groups of all sizes. #sbbuzz
ActiveIngreds: A5 – how to have a built in SM platform within my site #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @sbbuzz Pitch – Join me for coffee starting next week on http://bit.ly/cz0fTT #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Wow! #sbbuzz went extra fast tonight! My businesses: tourismcurrents.com, liquor store, cattle, grant writing, and speaking. beckymccray.com
cjservia: Thanks #sbbuzz. Always great to learn through everyone’s experiences here. See you next Tuesday!
bradfordshimp: If you are looking to extend your brand, I am looking for experts and writers at ABA, maybe even offering some residual income. @ me #sbbuzz
cjdub: I own @mediabelle, a content and marketing strategy services company focused on small and medium sized biz. contentandstrategy.com #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: If you’d like a once-a-week e-mail reminder of #sbbuzz (including the topic) sign up at http://sbbuzz.net #sbbuzz
GLHancock: @sbbuzz How can you prevent us from lingering and chatting among ourselves? #sbbuzz
lindadessau: I’m standing up for the quality of your content! Read more at: http://bit.ly/content-creation-manifesto – thanks for the chat, all! #sbbuzz
ginabee: Pitcheroo: http://www.writeytidy.com provides compelling content so you can do what YOU do best. #sbbuzz
ActiveIngreds: @Patrysha cute idea #sbbuzz
mriggen: @Patrysha Josh Porter @bokardo is my favotire writer/designer on those topics. He’s at http://bokardo.com/ #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: #sbbuzz is a small business Twitter chat hosted each Tuesday night by the folks from @batchblue Come again soon!
lamikey: @GLHancock I use Google Analytics for most of our tracking. SEO moz offers some great tools as well. #sbbuzz
JodyPadarCPA: If you need help with your taxes ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @GLHancock You know, I have often wondered about that. Thought of starting and “after chat” #sbbuzz
CathyWebSavvyPR: Q5 Wordpres.org tip: if you do NOTHING else, please change yr permalinks 2 include at least the postname – Much better SEO #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz wow – time flew this week. Great chat everyone! #sbbuzz
michellegust: Pitch: Small Business web design utilizing wordpress. #sbbuzz
ActiveIngreds: I partner with organizations needing assistance in marketing, strategy, & innovation – am on LinkedIn too #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @lamikey I’m a sucker for the Spy feature in Clicky. #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz I’m Michelle with @batchblue. We make software for small business owners and run thesmallbusinessweb.com. Bye all! #sbbuzz
st8creative: thank you everybody! got some interesting info! if you need some help in building your presence online http://www.st8.la ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Thanks to everyone for all the great discussion! We’ll get the #sbbuzz summary posted on the site soon at http://sbbuzz.biz
CathyWebSavvyPR: #sbbuzz pitch: 20 yr PR pro helping clients integrate blogging & ocial media into their marketing strategy ( I make tech easy)
BlogLuvr29: Check out my new blog post Marketing Tips http://bit.ly/cNrvnj #sbbuzz
pmohara: High fast ball: Pamela here from @batchblue – the host of this increasingly educational chat. Thanks to you all! #sbbuzz

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Small Business, Finance Tools: Summary from March 2nd, 2010

This weekโ€™s @sbbuzz chat focused on money management tools for small businesses.

  • Weโ€™re on every Tuesday from 8-9 pm EST.ย  The next chat will be held on March 9th, 2010.
  • You can read the instructions on how to participate here:ย http://sbbuzz.biz/instructions
  • Invite others to join in, help them get started.ย  We started this chat to facilitate conversation between small biz owners.
sbbuzz: Welcome to #sbbuzz, a Tweetchat for the next hour of small biz talking technology on Twitter. Join us! http://sbbuzz.biz/instructions
sbbuzz: Rules: 1)NO pitching till end 2)Be nice 3)Stay ON TOPIC! 4)Send ?s for group to me w/o hashtag 5)Use #sbbuzz in all messages 6)Have fun!
sbbuzz: Start off w/an INTRO: 1 message about you and your business and whatever else we need to know. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Good evening, all! I help coaches and other small biz owners write content for newsletters and blogs. Great to be here at #sbbuzz
ginabee: Good evening, Friends! Gina w/ WriteyTidy.com writing/content creation here. Looking forward to learning about $ tools w/ you! #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: Find cool free online tools to help you save time & money. I do the work so you don’t have to! free tools, ideas, tips & reviews #sbbuzz
tinafalasca: Hi – I’m from Columbus, OH – doing video & internet marketing for local business owners from content creation to posting it all over #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Last week was such a whirlwind, I still haven’t caught my breath! #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: I’m a financial storyteller amongst other things incl. a CMA, ACMA, Toastmaster… #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Hi everyone, Brad here. I focus on helping small businesses with advice and websites designed to work. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Hi everyone! Scott Blitstein here – owner of eSeMBe and one of the Customer Experience superheroes at @batchblue. #sbbuzz
pmohara: Hi all – Pamela here from @batchblue and the moderator of #sbbuzz. Nice to be back in the bee seat. ๐Ÿ™‚
bradfordshimp: @finstoryteller I love you already! What a great tagline, “financial storyteller.” #sbbuzz
DianaEnnen: Hi, I do publicity and marketing and have authored books on becoming a virtual assistant #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: Hi it’s Jacqueline: Business Manager helping to manage, run and grow businesses #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: Hello! Steph here! Looking forward to #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: @bradfordshimp thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I should also say I’m in Vancouver, BC and I help orgs tell their story with numbers ๐Ÿ˜‰ (sorry 2 msgs) #sbbuzz
MECKids: This is Nikhil Bonthapally, Network Coordinator at MECKids.com (Health and Fitness Program for Tweens). #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Tonight’s topic is tools for managing your money (invoicing, billing, budgeting). DM me ?s you want discussed with the group #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz Hi all. Michelle from @batchblue. We make software for small businesses. #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: Q1: Quickbooks just love the overall program for financial management of any business #sbbuzz
rongraham1: OK. http://claritystrategic.com/ is my company, helping navigate complexity is my business, and plenty of oxygen reaches my head. ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: @sbbuzz Q1. Freshbooks – I met the founder a while back, he was inspirational for small biz #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q1 – I use Freshbooks for my new business. Love it because it is very easy, simple. #sbbuzz
JulieDAloiso: Julie D’Aloiso here from SpiderCat Marketing – I help businesses use Social Media to market themselves – this is my 2nd week here at #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: Q1: Quickbooks is easy to use and easy to setup I think. #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: I blogged last week about this very topic my fav is fresh books #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q1 – Use Quickbooks online pretty regularly for a client. It is much more robust and good for more established businesses. #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @bradfordshimp I just heard about Freshbooks for the first time last week! #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q1 I use Freshbooks for invoicing – likes: online invoicing, easy integration w/ PayPal, I can track my hours & subcontractor hours #sbbuzz
cpcllerret: Hello, its Terrence in the Merchant Services industry helping small businesses get the right merchant account. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @finstoryteller One of the great things about the new web, being able to meet some of these smart business owners. #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @bradfordshimp What is it that you like about Freshbooks? #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @myscreenshare Nice, have you checked it out yet? #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q1 I use Cashboard – it works like I do and is priced nicely. #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz We use @freshbooks as well. @freshbooks can you hear us? #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @myscreenshare Freshbooks gets you right to what matters, the invoice. You can get one out to a new client quickly, via email / mail #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q1 Freshbook dislikes: No easy way to handle deposits against future billing, also I’ve had some challenges with GST via PayPal #sbbuzz
JoelByronBarker: I used to use #zoho for invoicing, but have recently switched to #freshbooks and really like it #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: @bradfordshimp agreed. One day maybe @mriggen will make it over to the West. Be good to see @batchblue in YVR #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q1 We started with Quickbooks, but found it too confusing. Now use Freshbooks- easy & automated recurring billing. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Freshbooks is just one of those companies that get it, like Mailchimp and our own dear leader’s Batchbook. #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @bradfordshimp I have not checked it out, you know how it takes 3-4 exposures… LOL #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @lindadessau Right, if you want to get into detailed books, I suggest Qbooks. Much more in depth. #sbbuzz
DianaEnnen: I use quickbooks too. For my billing I use cellcharge so I can process credit cards via phone. #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: Q1: I compared Freshbooks to AMX new tool AcceptPay discovered you get more with free Paypal than AcceptPay #sbbuzz
MECKids: After reading about #freshbooks , I think we will give it a try for sure. #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @DianaEnnen Ooohh, Cellcharge, great tip! #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q1 I used to use Freshbooks but it got to be too much deleting clients to fit my plan limits. #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: I would suggest Clarity Accounting instead of quickbooks – I think @dobesv works for them #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @myscreenshare It is so true. This chat should count for all of them though. You can set up a few free clients to give it a test run #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @bradfordshimp Can you explain more about Mailchimp? #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q1 My bookkeeper keeps my books in QuickBooks. I keep my personal records in http://www.youneedabudget.com from @jessemecham #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: I love free tools and Freshbooks’ free version is not limited in features #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q2 What do you use to handle bill paying? Online or offline tools? Why? #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @DianaEnnen Do you use that because you are often in different locations when you want to accept payment? #sbbuzz
MECKids: @myscreenshare MailChimp is a email marketing service. I heard really good reviews about it though. #sbbuzz
MECKids: RT @RisingStarIdeas: I love free tools and Freshbooks free version is not limited in features #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @scoblitz What did you switch to? #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: @sbbuzz Q2. Every effort made to pay electronically, i.e. paypal. If a big corporate send them a check, buys a couple of days ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @MECKids Is mailchimp something like constant contacts? #sbbuzz
tinafalasca: RT @RisingStarIdeas: I love free tools and Freshbooks free version is not limited in features #sbbuzz
DianaEnnen: @bradfordshimp I do. I do a lot of speaking too and sell my books while I’m doing it. It allows me to accept credit cards. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @myscreenshare Ha, you are getting me on my soapbox! Mailchimp is the company you must use for your email newsletter. #sbbuzz
marinel: RT @sbbuzz: Q2 What do you use to handle bill paying? Online or offline tools? Why? #sbbuzz
MECKids: @myscreenshare Yes. But with more features. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @lindadessau Do you use Qbooks online? That way you would have easy access to your records if someone else keeps them for you. #sbbuzz
DianaEnnen: @bradfordshimp I use it back at the office too. #sbbuzz
tinafalasca: @bradfordshimp – how is Mailchimp better or different than Aweber? #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @sbbuzz Q2 My local small town banks actually offer great online bill pay. Huge time saver! #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q2 I do all bill paying through our online banking. Have also tried Bill.com and liked it, but haven’t made the full switch, yet. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @bradfordshimp I use @cashboard now – http://www.getcashboard.com/ #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @bradfordshimp Yes, we have that set up. It’s helpful (though not foolproof – a couple of times I couldn’t get in) #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q2 – I pay online when I can and if it is easy to do so. However, I still like paper bills (so I can remember to pay them). #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: Q2: Paypal cause what good is a digital invoice if the client can pay upon receipt!? Most small biz need to keep the cash flowing #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q2 Most services I use do recurring billing via credit card or PayPal. Otherwise I pay bills online through my bank. #sbbuzz
marinel: Q2: I’m not a #smallbiz owner, but am planning in the future..somewhere down the line. I am an advocate for online payments. #sbbuzz
DianaEnnen: I pay most of my bills online. Can’t remember the last time I wrote a check. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @DianaEnnen That makes a lot of sense. I bought a book from a speaker and had to write down my info. Not keen on that. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz My bank offers great online bill pay but most services I use are recurring credit card things. #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q2 Advantage of electronic bill paying is being able to assign categories at time of payment & reconcile budget instantly #sbbuzz
tinafalasca: Q2. Use Paytrust.com for most online billpaying needs. Keeps copies of all my bills for me. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @tinafalasca Well, there is the name, for starters. Haven’t used Aweber, but MailChimp is just plain fun and easy. #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: BIG advocate of online bill pay… can’t imagine life without it! #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: For those interested in free, Mailchimp has a great free, full-feature package to get you started. One of my favorite vendors. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @pmohara I get categorization and such through @outright / @expensify #sbbuzz
DianaEnnen: @bradfordshimp Exactly! Also, I get to know if the transaction goes though. It’s amazing how many times it’s denied. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @pmohara Where are you tracking your categories? #sbbuzz
blueskylocal: Q2, Most of our bills are paid online via reoccuring subscriptions… plan to try out Noca Pay in the future tho to pay team members #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @myscreenshare No, I just love talking about my favorite companies. I’m a fan of them like some people are of Lost. #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz Q2 (kind of) Anyone tried Square? https://squareup.com/ #sbbuzz
MECKids: Being a network coordinator doesn’t help to talk when finances come in place. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @bradfordshimp You’re what they call a customer evangelist ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
DianaEnnen: Plus with online bill pay, it goes through so much quicker for those months you need a little extra time. #sbbuzz
pmohara: @lindadessau it’s part of our bank’s online system. I can create categories with the invoice and it remembers them #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @mriggen square looks cool but it freaks me out. Still don’t trust people not to store my info for later use #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @mriggen I love the concept but only a small % is from credit cards. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @pmohara That’s great – I do that with http://www.youneedabudget.com and of course for my biz in Quickbooks. #sbbuzz
blueskylocal: Q2 we also just use standard online bill paying from our bank, really simple, love it #sbbuzz
mriggen: @RisingStarIdeas @scoblitz I think it’s one of those people will be slow to adopt it things. Super userful but scary for folks. #sbbuzz
eastofprov: @mriggen I’ve been trying to get on the beta for use over at @visualpost #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q3 What do you use to manage your budget? Why? #sbbuzz
cjservia: I have a hard time using Quickbooks. Maybe I just don’t understand it #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @lindadessau I was using Qbooks but it was just too much. I will check out http://www.youneedabudget.com do they have a free version #sbbuzz
MECKids: @RisingStarIdeas Free trial for 7 days. #youneedabudget.com #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @RisingStarIdeas YNAB has a lot of free resources but there is a one-time cost for the actual tool. Not very much, though. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @cjservia I had an expert explain a few things to me, and it opened up a lot of Qbooks potential. #sbbuzz
mriggen: @eastofprov Put @tsondermann on the case! That guy has betas for everything. He’s the alpha of betas. #sbbuzz
blueskylocal: Anyone use Mint.com for tracking spending / budgeting in their business?? #sbbuzz
pmohara: @scoblitz Hey – I’ve heard of them. Funny, you forget to look in your own backweb sometimes. #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: @sbbuzz Q3: A lot of the time a spreadsheet is a good tool for budgeting – lots of flexibility, besides budgeting is a behaivour … #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q3 Whoops, jumped the gun. To manage my budget (personal) I use http://www.youneedabudget.com #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q3 – Right now, my checkbook. At various times I have used spreadsheets and online tools. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @MECKids Thanks, didn’t remember that! I loved the idea so much when I 1st discovered it, I bought right away! #sbbuzz
sueyoungmedia: I find the best way to run my biz: Do what I enjoy & am good at (not Quickbks!) & delegate the rest. #sbbuzz #GIFB
marinel: @blueskylocal Q3 I tried to use Mint.com personally, but didn’t keep up w/ it..although i did get alerts when funds were low =) #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @marinel Thanks! They should increase that to at least 30 days. Geez you need time to play around w/things b4 u can tell u like it #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @sueyoungmedia Sound advice. #sbbuzz
pmohara: @RisingStarIdeas I agree on Quickbooks. I like handling the ins & outs online, then use a simple spreadsheet to see net results. #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @sueyoungmedia AGREE but I need to get better at delegating. Sometimes its hard to let go. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Moneytrackin.com. That is one site I have used on and off to stay on top of my budget. Easy to set up and use. #sbbuzz
MECKids: I think Qbooks is complex unless you have more stuff to keep track of. #sbbuzz
philfree: @sbbuzz Q1 http://ofuz.com, because its simple, remind me the past due, online payment (I work for them). It will be open source. #sbbuzz
MHBoys: Q3 we do all our finances, including budgets, with QuickBooks #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q3 My bookkeeper keeps me in line and informed about my business budget (thank you, Lanel! http://snipr.com/ulu59) #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: Or put another way, budgeting should be used to help drive your business not just track it ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
pmohara: Watching the budget is crucial. Whatever makes it easy to quickly see where projections are right/wrong is best. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @MECKids Qbooks is a tool of choice for accountants. Should tell you something. But it really is a good tool. #sbbuzz
sueyoungmedia: @RisingStarIdeas Oh yes. It’s been 10 yrs for me in biz & delegating is a huge step, but also a huge relief! #sbbuzz
blueskylocal: Q3 Intuit supposedly acquired Mint.com for its #smb application. I also tried Mint, didn’t work out tho : ) @marinel #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: Q3: I use a simple spreadsheet. I have two easy to use templates from Google docs an events budget and the other a budget planner #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q3 just because it should be said, whichever bookkeeping software you use, your going to hate it. Everybody always does. #sbbuzz
canarymegan: @sueyoungmedia Agreed. Our cash flow improved immediately once we hired a freelance bookkeeper & accountant. I couldn’t keep up. #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q3 and the one to choose has to be the one that works simplest with the bank that has your checking account. Nothing more important. #sbbuzz
MHBoys: @bradfordshimp let’s be kind to our bean counters… #sbbuzz
foodtree: @finstoryteller That is great ‘connotation’ advice, sir! #sbbuzz
marinel: @RisingStarIdeas Oooh! I’ll have to check out those Google doc templates. thnx #sbbuzz
MHBoys: for a 1-2 person business a spreadsheet is probably good. we like QB cause we can get all of our accounting without an accountant #sbbuzz
CASUDI: @sueyoungmedia I’m mentoring an entrepreneur & delegating IS a major step ~never realized how much ~(it’s easy 4 me) #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @finstoryteller Q3 My budget is also a barometer of what’s important to me, of what I value (or at least it should be). #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: In my experience the biggest challenges with budgeting in business have nothing to do with the tools used or not used #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: budget templates on Google Docs https://docs.google.com/templates?q=budget+planner&sort=hottest&view=public #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @MHBoys LOL. Not trying to be mean to accountants. A good accountant can do a whole lot of good for a small business. #sbbuzz
mriggen: @Timberry Ha! Everyone was in love with @mint for a while there ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
MECKids: I never heard of google docs templates. What are they? #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q4 What do you use for tax filings? Do you do it yourself? #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @MHBoys You’re brave. I have QB but still need an accountant AND a bookkeeper! #sbbuzz
Timberry: @bradfordshimp just about every accountant and/or bookkeeper I’ve ever worked with always hate the software. Never good enough. #sbbuzz
blueskylocal: “for a 1-2 person business a spreadsheet is probably good. ” RT @MHBoys – agreed, keep it simple #KISS #sbbuzz
JoelByronBarker: @ofuz My motivation was originally the organization of their free version, but I find it easier to use for me and my clients. #sbbuzz
MHBoys: without some kind of budget how do you know how much you can spend on sales/marketing? #sbbuzz
tinafalasca: @RisingStarIdeas I Love Google Docs – but never saw the templates. Can’t wait to check it out! #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: @lindadessau barometer is cool – but how well does it relate to your long term strategy for your business #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q4 one of the dumbest things I ever did was doing my own taxes, assisted by software, instead of a CPA. Penny wise, pound foolish. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q4 My accountant files my taxes online but I don’t know how (there are some things I just don’t want to know too much about) #sbbuzz
CASUDI: @Timberry agree most start-ups try to get way to complex w accounting ~ check book/bank simple =works #sbbuzz
tinafalasca: Q4. Last year did Turbo Tax online – awful! Going back to their out of the box software this year for lack of anything better. #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @sbbuzz Q4 For 1099’s I used FileTaxes.com this year and last year. Quick, easy, useful. For tax returns, I use my tax professional! #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @myscreenshare Google docs has a ton of cool templates #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q4 – Every year I tell myself I am going to have a professional do my taxes, and then I just end up using TurboTax. #sbbuzz
sueyoungmedia: That silly economic theory of trickle down economics and cash flow –connect that to the budgeting software…#sbbuzz #GIFB
DaleLittle: A marvelous accountant / investment advisor! #sbbuzz
jpwint: Q4 For taxes, I use TurboTax small business. Works fairly well, although I would prefer someone else handle it entirely ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @finstoryteller Maybe not always that well! Still going one year at a time right – not yet doing much long-term forecasting. #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: Despite being an accountant (ssshh!) – I use an accountant to file taxes. For the cost, the saving in time and returns are great #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @Timberry Yeah, I can see your point. #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: Q4 I use a tax preparer. I can fax or drop my docs then pic them up when they are ready. i’m really good at delegating that task #sbbuzz
tinafalasca: Q4 – Feel like getting the receipts together is the hard part and I have to do that with or w/o an accountant! #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q4 LOL @bradfordshimp that strategy cost me $43K in the 1980s when it was still a lot of money. (altho not Turbo tax, a precursor) #sbbuzz
canarymegan: @finstoryteller Good point. We mapped out our year & what we really need to bring in monthly. Good to know what to shoot for. #sbbuzz
CASUDI: @bradfordshimp U have no idea how much a pro might save you ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
smallbiztrends: Q4 I keep my books using QuickBooks. Armed with accurate records I use a CPA to prepare the return. #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: With 1-2 people and business in the house, the tax accountant will gobble up the job and let you stay focused on YOUR business ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @canarymegan Yes, I also make sure I know what I need to bring in – how else can I set my rates and goals? #sbbuzz
blueskylocal: Q4 โค TurboTax / expedient tax prep software #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: Q4 another trick I use is to pay everything with AMX. They pay me for paying bills plus they create an annual itemized report . EASY #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: In Canada the tax guys tend to be CGAs, mine http://www.sscga.ca have been really good #sbbuzz
CASUDI: @RisingStarIdeas YES Credit Card (if U PAY by month) can be Xcellent way of keeping records #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: @RisingStarIdeas to clarify AMX pays me with points, so I get points for paying bills. Use the points for rewards, gifts, trips, etc #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @Timberry Still alot of money? Heck that is still alot today. Ouch! Guess I need to change. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @CASUDI Debit card will also give you a paper trail. Maybe not as detailed as @RisingStarIdeas itemized report from AMX. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q5 If you accept credit cards, how did you decide who handles merchant services? Did you compare rates? #sbbuzz
Timberry: @bradfordshimp well I’ve never done my own since. Sort of a baby and bathwater problem, though. Too late. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q5 I accept payments online through PayPal. I used to have a merchant account but I like this much better – simpler, etc. #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q5 we’ve switched banks handling our credit cards several times. Not just rates, but reporting, policies, etc. #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: @sbbuzz Q5. where it applied I simply used paypal … better the devil you know on this ocassion #sbbuzz
sueyoungmedia: I look at a lot of these “expenses” as investments in my biz & growth, not as “I can’t afford it, draining my budget” mentality. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q5 I’ve had a couple of challenges with PayPal, e.g., that pesky GST thing (Canadian tax). #sbbuzz
tinafalasca: Q5 – Paypal for now. #sbbuzz
DianaEnnen: Me too. I use Quickbooks and then use an accountant. He saves me a lot by finding things I can claim that I would have missed. #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: Q5 I use to have a merchant account they want blookd just for the app. I had to pay if I didn’t process payments that month #sbbuzz
JulieDAloiso: Q5 For credit card processing I use EMS – they are local in the area, offer a chamber of commerce discount and good rate! #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: @lindadessau What’s the difference between Online payments through Paypal and a merchant acct? #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: @sbbuzz credit cards! grrr! Like @timberry, I’ve switched services. But it’s such a complex mess, that I’m never happy. #sbbuzz
DaleLittle: @marinel You’ve got to compare rates on everything. It constantly changes. If you don’t watch it, no one else will. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q5 – Not really, on comparing rates. Used the built in system on Quickbooks and Paypal for quick hits (expensive, though). #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q5 as with bookkeeping software, in credit card accounts, compatibility with your systems (e.g. verisign, netsuite) very important. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @sueyoungmedia Absolutely! Business expenses are our tools that enable us to serve our clients. I like being a customer and a vendor #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: Q5 the merchant account nickeled and dimed to much. Paypal made it easy only pay if you use it. Plus they give you a volume discount #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @mriggen This is why we have a big garden. Haven’t had to resort to Ramen or Spam … yet. #sbbuzz
JulieDAloiso: Paypal has higher rates per transaction but no monthly fees #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @myscreenshare With PayPal I don’t pay a monthly fee, they take a percentage of each charge (which the merchant account does too) #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q5 speaking of grrr, there’s that tendency in banks and such to let the loyal longterm merchant clients pay more than newbies. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @Timberry My wife keeps saying. And really, its not that much more expensive to have them done for you. I really must this year. #sbbuzz
CASUDI: @lindadessau Bank Bill Pay can print categories for a year ~ sometimes I use that to track #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @RisingStarIdeas Yes, exactly! @myscreenshare, what SHE said! #sbbuzz
Timberry: Q5 our sales order processing people have lots of problems with paypal. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @DaleLittle Sweet! Keeping busy here, mostly on a marketing push. #sbbuzz
MHBoys: don’t do much CC but need it as a service to customers – we compared rates and minimum monthly costs and we’re never happy with cost #sbbuzz
Timberry: @bradfordshimp seriously your wife is right. You’re worth much more per hour than what you’d pay the CPA. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @Timberry What are the issues that come up most for you with PayPal? #sbbuzz
DaleLittle: @bradfordshimp Name of the game. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @sueyoungmedia That is a great mindset, viewing them as investments. #sbbuzz
smallbiztrends: For Q5: Here are some tips on comparing rates of accepting credit card payments: http://bit.ly/aD5ZfV #sbbuzz
Timberry: @lindadessau I don’t actually do that job, (and hooray for that, because it’s annoying) so I just hear the grumbling. #sbbuzz
canarymegan: #sbbuzz Curious about this of you who are service businesses. Did accepting credit cards help your cash flow? We still don’t take them.
sbbuzz: And now it is what we affectionately call Pitch Time. Please tell us a little about your business. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @Timberry LOL, I was just curious. #sbbuzz
Timberry: @lindadessau although I think it has to do with downtime. Often. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @Timberry Yeah, that is a big grrr! Which is why I was surprised when my bank called me to offer lower rates. Go Keybank. #sbbuzz
cjservia: Business continuity management services. You’re great at running your business, let us be great at protecting your business. #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: No pitching from me other than to say check out my new site at http://flavors.me/stewart ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Content Creation Capsule starts this Thursday – sneak peek video and details at http://snipr.com/ccc-enroll (pitch time on #sbbuzz
Timberry: Pitchtime? Several star bloggers are here tonight. I’d love some reviews of my latest book, Sales Forecasting for Entrepreneurs. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Thanks all for the great discussion! I think we made a money management discussion fun! #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: I can’t believe the time weny by so fast #sbbuzz
DaleLittle: @sbbuzz I help businesses save money & raise income hence higher profits I don’t believe in big expenditures Free 30 min wrk session #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Pitch: eSeMBe helps micro business choose & implement tech that allows them to work more efficiently. http://esembe.com #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @Timberry If you have any review copies after you send them to the stars, let me know. Maybe a podcast interview as well? #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Hey! @Timberry has a new book out called “Sales Forecasting for Entrepreneurs” – Sounds like something we all need! #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @sbbuzz Indeed, that was fun. #sbbuzz
rongraham1: My company will be handling social media for @AkronHomes starting tomorrow and @DevotionalChef in a couple months. Who’s next? LOL #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: Check out 101freetools.com Your Small Business toolbox I do all the work so you don’t have to #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: If you’d like a once-a-week e-mail reminder of #sbbuzz (including the topic) sign up at http://sbbuzz.net #sbbuzz
smallbiztrends: @canarymegan For serv businesses (web designers,etc), invoice with Blinksale; embed “Pay by PayPal” button. Voila – fast payment! #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @Timberry I don’t know if I qualify ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I’d love to have a look! #sbbuzz
DaleLittle: Great discussion! Thanks for the invite @bradfordshimp #sbbuzz
canarymegan: #sbbuzz We’re a PR, marketing & design firm-specialize in Drupal Theming for web, focus on arts, culture, nonprofit & mission-driven co’s.
CASUDI: Sorry I missed 1/2 #sbbuzz~ I was Building Bridges Between People ~Designing Success >Nu Start Up.
bradfordshimp: Pitcheroo: I blog business advice http://allbizanswers.com and build websites that work for small biz http://broadrivercreative.com #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: We’re launching soon! Audio/Video Streaming, Desktop Share, Lucrative Affiliate Program, more Spread the Word http://www.myscreenshare.com #sbbuzz
RisingStarIdeas: Also check out my article 3 tools to help your small business get paid faster http://101freetools.com/articles #sbbuzz
BeckyMcCray: Pitch: If you’re coming to SXSW, consider catching @lizstrauss and me: “How did this happen? I’m in business!” http://bit.ly/9LzuK5 #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: For those of you in NYC area (or who want to be), we’ll be having an #sbbuzz tweet-up after @smallbizsummit 3/16/2010
MHBoys: helping businesses move to the cloud to save money on better technology – let me know if you have questions about cloud computing #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @rongraham1 Cool on the AkronHomes gig. Real Estate social media sounds so much fun (and I am not joking). #sbbuzz
rongraham1: @Timberry, I really wish I were a star blogger now. <sigh> But I DO blog and have other ways to spread the word… ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
smallbiztrends: @Timberry Send us your book, Tim. We’ll gladly review it. Sounds like a worthwhile topic! #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: AND for those heading down to SXSW this year, join our SXSBW party http://thesmallbusinessweb.com/sxsbw/ #sbbuzz
myscreenshare: Thanks for the great tweetchat tonight! #sbbuzz
mriggen: @sbbuzz I’m Michelle with @batchblue & also one of the spiders at thesmallbusinessweb.com http://thesmallbusinessweb.com/sxsbw/ #sbbuzz
DianaEnnen: I offer publicity and marketing / social networking services for small businesses. #sbbuzz
pmohara: Is it too late to pitch? I’m Pamela with @batchblue – the company behind #sbbuzz and small biz party planning machine! #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Fantastic chat everyone, thank you! #sbbuzz
Patrysha: @sbbuzz Patrysha, specializing in small businesses who market to a local community = love cooperative efforts http://bit.ly/3RABwJ #sbbuzz
MECKids: It was good information here. Thanks everyone. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Good night all, except you West Coasters, too early for bed over there. Had a great time talking and meeting some new folks. #sbbuzz
JulieDAloiso: pitch: I teach businesses how to use #twitter #fb #linkedin and especially #blogging – because we were not born knowing this stuff #sbbuzz
MECKids: I sure will be going over the chat history tomorrow. #sbbuzz
finstoryteller: The Small Biz Buzz discussion was fun tonight, tune in every week! #sbbuzz
sueyoungmedia: @bradfordshimp Thanks for your feedback. Nice to chat #sbbuzz #GIFB
rongraham1: There’s a lot of new people here since last I was in. It’s really cool! But <sigh> I miss @DesireeScales. #sbbuzz
JulieDAloiso: @bubbalooch This is small business chat – every Tuesday night they chat about certain small business topics #sbbuzz – put it on your calndr
DianaEnnen: @rongraham1 Thanks! #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: #sbbuzz is a small business Twitter chat hosted each Tuesday night by the folks from @batchblue Come again soon!

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@sbbuzz Roadmap for 2010: Summary for Jan. 5, 2010

Happy New Decade @sbbuzzers! ย Welcome to 2010. ย We spent last week’s chat laying out a roadmap for small business for the next year. ย We got some good ideas (and some interruptions by Twitter). ย We’d like to hear your thoughts. ย What would you include in a roadmap for small businesses this year?

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sbbuzz: Happy decade & welcome to #sbbuzz, a Tweetchat for the next hour. Join us! http://sbbuzz.biz/instructions #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Rules: 1)NO pitching till end 2)Be nice 3)Stay ON TOPIC! 4)Send ?s for group to me w/o hashtag 5)Use #sbbuzz in messages 6)Have fun #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Start off w/an INTRO: 1 message about you and your business and whatever else we need to know. #sbbuzz #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: @Timberry oh rats – well hi to the family! we’ll miss you (and might hit you up for advice later) ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Hi #sbbuzz! I help coaches and other small biz owners write content for newsletters, blogs and article sites. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Hi All – Scott from eSeMBe – I rushed home to be here with you all. Am I late? #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @scoblitz Glad to hear I’m not the only one who plans my Tuesdays around this awesome chat ๐Ÿ˜‰ #sbbuzz
selahsynergy: Happy 2010 ! Susan from Selah Synergy here excited to discuss the new year. #sbbuzz
MHBoys: Hello, Michael here with On-Site Technical Solutions – support SMB technology. Did it hit 80 today? #sbbuzz
ginabee: Hi everyone, Gina with http://www.writeytidy.com. Glad to join you all in the New Year! #sbbuzz
desireescales: Happy New Year! Hope you all had a relaxing holiday. Missed you guys/gals! #sbbuzz #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Tonight we’re talking plans for a 2010 Roadmap to Success yearlong project for planning and documenting small business success #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: The idea is to work as a group to outline and then document a step by step roadmap to success – innovative ideas needed! #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q1 What topics would you include if drawing a map for a new business owner from start-up to success? #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q1 Do you mean things like funding, marketing, finding first client etc? #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: And FYI – if want to see the lady behind the bee check out @pmohara. I’m on the backup machine tonight – different OS is killing me #sbbuzz
selahsynergy: @sbbuzz Q1 A destination is required. A vision. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Yes, exactly! RT @scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q1 Do you mean things like funding, marketing, finding first client etc? #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q1 Start-up success necessities: Profile of your ideal client and a list of their most pressing problems #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Business plan, marketing and sales systems, business systems, collaboration #sbbuzz
desireescales: @sbbuzz You’ll love it eventually. We podcasted about it today on http://bit.ly/3ih1ct #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Plan is a new topic each month, set goals for ourselves, document progress and leave breadcrumbs for those following behind #sbbuzz
desireescales: Q1: Guts, a sense of humor and the smarts to know when to ignore people who tell you it can’t be done. Do it anyway! #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @selahsynergy Absolutely – the destination is key – but it’s all the stops along the way make the trip so much fun. #sbbuzz
desireescales: Q1: A good website is very essential. ; ) #sbbuzz
ginabee: Q1: Choose a niche & try not to be distracted by other shiny things. Not to be inflexible, but try to stay on your own track. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Looks like TweetChat is lagging behind #sbbuzz
MHBoys: Q1 assuming a business plan/vision, a marketing/sales plan regularly updated seems to be missing from many SMB #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q2 What is the best way to present or communicate a business roadmap to a new business? (geeky ideas welcome!) #sbbuzz
selahsynergy: @scoblitz So, so true. It is the process, the journey, the mileposts that brings the vision to life. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q2 – I think in some kind of workbook, step by step fashion, with checklists #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q2 I’ve been doing some mind-mapping the last month or so – can be very helpful to see things laid out graphically #sbbuzz
Chris_Hendricks: Q2 What is the best way to present or communicate a business roadmap to a new business? (geeky ideas welcome!) #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Any other ideas – a project website, a video series, on-demand podcasts? Brainstorm away! #sbbuzz
desireescales: @sbbuzz All of the above. I think we can all do this. We’re already doing stuff like this on http://bit.ly/ikLiA #sbbuzz
selahsynergy: @sbbuzz Q2 I prefer a Quarterly (3-5 yr) or Monthly (12-18 month) timeline – tool can be simple as spreadsheet, complex as PM softwr #sbbuzz
TNSinc: #sbbuzz Q2 I Think Mind maps maybe a little buzzy right now, but I love them.
MHBoys: we use a customer solutions roadmap for internally – spreadsheet/powerpoint listing our customers and who has what solutions so far #sbbuzz
rongraham1: Q1 – a well-prepared business plan should BE that roadmap the small-business owner seeks. If that owner can’t make one, we can help. #sbbuzz
NewBusinessHawk: @sbbuzz #sbbuzz Remember in any presentation its better if its a show! format and style count as much as content! http://bit.ly/1YMWZs
sbbuzz: Q3 – If we collectively map our success (and challenges) – any metrics we could track as a group that would help a new business? #sbbuzz
rongraham1: Q2 – are we talking about presenting a roadmap to a business owner from outside the business? Somehow that doesn’t sound right. #sbbuzz
TNSinc: #sbbuzz Q2: We use a 3-D pyramid for our projects, base = foundations, side 1- marketing, 2- operations, 3- transactions, 4- crm
rongraham1: @sbbuzz, I just can’t get away from the business plan then. this is one of a good plan’s most critical roles. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: @rongraham1 we’re mapping out year for ourselves (esp. those of us in charge of organizing this) & documenting journey for others #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: @rongraham1 by mapping out the year, I mean of #sbbuzz chats. So looking at topics and then how to best document them
sbbuzz: Q4 Any other suggestions for capturing the brilliance of the #sbbuzz community for our fellow small biz friends?
rongraham1: @sbbuzzz, OK. I must’ve mis-read that – sure looked like Q1 read different. But for what you describe, a wiki can serve there too. #sbbuzz
MHBoys: what is and how to structure a workable sales/marketing plan #sbbuzz
desireescales: @sbbuzz Q4: There’s a map for that. Brilliance that is. #sbbuzz
desireescales: @sbbuzz An Sbbuzz blog where we all share our brillance. #sbbuzz
desireescales: @sbbuzz A Buzzup and a Ning Group for us to participate in. #sbbuzz
MHBoys: to @bradfordshimp point earlier, systems available to SMBs #sbbuzz
leoraw: Regarding explaining #sbbuzz – I envision the Qs in a medium gray with colorful answers of others indented below with avatars in fun format
rongraham1: @lindadessau, @desireescales, there already IS an #sbbuzz blog… isn’t there? And if there is, is it not already brilliant?
desireescales: @lindadessau Actually, we already have the blog set up at http://www.sbbuzz.biz we just need to formalize it. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: @desireescales Awesome ideas all! #sbbuzz
desireescales: @rongraham1 There’s so much potential there. Right now, its one person posting our brilliance. They need to hear it from all of us! #sbbuzz
rongraham1: I have been experimenting with short courses over Twitter and am encouraged by the early results. We could do that! #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: OK – I think we have some great ideas to work with. Thanks for the jam session everyone! #sbbuzz
lindadessau: @rongraham1 That sounds really interesting! “Short courses over Twitter.” #sbbuzz
desireescales: @rongraham1 How about webinars done by one of us each month or something similar? #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Now it’s our favorite Pitch Time. Please tell us a little about your business. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: If you’d like a once-a-week e-mail reminder of #sbbuzz w/topic sign up at http://sbbuzz.net (mailings start next week) #sbbuzz
rongraham1: @desireescales, actually, the same material can of course be organized in many forms. We do a short course on Twitter, then –> FB. #sbbuzz
MHBoys: On-Site Technical Solutions provides Cloud Computing solutions to SMBs (and still supports legacy technical solutions) #sbbuzz
desireescales: @rongraham1 Keep going….you’re on to something. #sbbuzz
rongraham1: Pitch time already? Where DOES the time go? Clarity Strategic, http://claritystrategic.com/, business strategy and support. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Pitch time on #sbbuzz: How to write a top 10 article that will demonstrate your expertise to prospective customers http://snipr.com/t1pw5
wvpmc: Hoping to make http://www.wvpmc.com/facebook.php more robust in 2010 – your comments, suggestions welcome! #sbbuzz
pmohara: Pamela here revealing my secret identity at the end tonight. I’m @batchblue and @sbbuzz and excited for another year with you all!! #sbbuzz
aneclecticsoul: I help small biz, individuals and non-profits reach the Hispanic market in USA and Puerto RIco #sbbuzz
rongraham1: Anyway, if you are on #sbbuzz and are interested in the dynamics of a short course, I will run one on “prototyping” in a few days. ๐Ÿ™‚
selahsynergy: @sbbuzz So slow tonight, I missed Q’s 3, 4 +. I will try to make sense of the chat after reading the notes. Until next week! #sbbuzz
hacool: @wvpmc I just fanned you there. I think making regular posts is key. here’s mine http://bit.ly/1a0rBx #sbbuzz
wvpmc: @rongraham1 using a webcam? posting on slideshare? #sbbuzz
pmohara: @selahsynergy I was having the same problem. Too much technology fail for me tonight. I need chocolate! ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
shashib: #sbbuzz pitch time : Happy New year from Network Solutions & pls follow @nsoffers & check our free websites at http://bit.ly/8MVCZD
wvpmc: @hacool absolutely agree – critical mass of diverse fans helps #sbbuzz
rongraham1: @wvpmc, no, actually, over twitter. A course on any subject can be split into sentences. Hopefully even at below 140 characters. LOL #sbbuzz
hacool: @wvpmc true, it takes awhile to build them. Another handy thing is adding FBML to make a custom tab w/ more info #sbbuzz
desireescales: @wvpmc Just threw it out there. I’ll talk to @pmohara about it soon. #sbbuzz
aneclecticsoul: Can u share an example? RT @scoblitz: I’ve been doing some mind-mapping the last month or so – #sbbuzz

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Small Business, Management and Technology: Summary from December 15, 2009

We all have systems for managing our business communications, contacts and workflow. ย This week’s @sbbuzz chat focused on technology and how small businesses use it to manage things a little better or easier.

Happy Holidays everyone from the @sbbuzz team!

  • Weโ€™re on every Tuesday from 8-9 pm EST.ย  The next chat will be held on December 22h, 2009!
  • You can read the instructions on how to participate here:ย http://sbbuzz.biz/instructions
  • Invite others to join in, help them get started.ย  We started this chat to facilitate conversation between small biz owners.
sbbuzz: Welcome to #sbbuzz, a Tweetchat for the next hour of small biz talking technology on Twitter. Join us! http://sbbuzz.biz/instructions
sbbuzz: Rules: 1)NO pitching till end 2)Be nice 3)Stay ON TOPIC! 4)Send ?s for group to me w/o hashtag 5)Use #sbbuzz in all messages 6)Have fun!
sbbuzz: Start off w/an INTRO: 1 message about you and your business and whatever else we need to know. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Hi everyone, Bradford here from AllBizAnswers.com. #sbbuzz
shanemacsays: I play music, a lot of weddings, and I am co-founder of web dev/media company, @m2volt. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Hi all, Scott from eSeMBe. I’m ready to talk tech tonight! #sbbuzz
ginabee: Good evening, all! Gina with WriteyTidy.com writing services/content creation. Glad to be back. #sbbuzz
pmohara: Pamela here from @batchblue and the moderator (as the #sbbuzz bee) for the chat. Don’t laugh if I start repeating myself. ๐Ÿ™‚
sbbuzz: @scoblitz I thought we’d get you jazzed with this topic. Hope you’ve got some nimble fingers! #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Tonight we’re talking about ways of connecting your different small business technologies to make them more useful #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz I’m ready! #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q1 What are you doing on your blog/website to connect to other systems (social media, e-mail marketing, etc.) & how? #sbbuzz
shashib: Hi everyone participating in #sbbuzz hope your week is going well
bradfordshimp: Q1 – Plugins like Tweetmeme and services like Feedburner help connect my blog with other services. #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: Q1: We’re about to switch out site to connect to all the social network out there. Redesign it to fit our new marketing for 2010 #sbbuzz
Squashberry: #sbbuzz
shashib: I am the Social Media Swami of Network Solutions @netsolcares #sbbuzz
BizIncubation: Also going on tonight, “ways of connecting your different small business technologies to make them more useful” #sbbuzz #sbbuzz
shashib: #sbbuzz Q1 What are you doing on your blog/website to connect to other systems ?
Squashberry: #sbbuzz, I am a cofunder in an advertising company
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q1) I link to my twitter profile and capture email addresses for a newsletter. On my personal blog I have a twitter page. #sbbuzz
shanemacsays: There are so many “To-Dos” but in my mind “To-Dont’s” are as critical to keeping readers. No autotweet, no auto responders, etc. #sbbuzz
IACEZ: Q1 We have FB, Twitter, Youtube, Flickr & Slideshare in the sidebar of our blog & our blog posts automatically post 2 Twitter & FB. #sbbuzz
adriarichards: I help business owners become empowered through technology #sbbuzz
Laurimufson: #sbbuzz /via @sbbuzz Is it always good idea to connect with your Twitter acct on your website?
adriarichards: Q1 Streamling my lead process using Highrise and Google Apps, centralizing images on Flickr, videos on YouTube and blip.tv #sbbuzz
DeeMcCrorey: Greetings! I am the Chief Risk Guru of Risktaking for Success #sbbuzz
shanemacsays: I agree with @bradfordshimp for the useful ones, Tweetmeme and feedburner. Don’t Forget Email Newsletter/Tips like @mailchimp #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @shanemacsays I agree, I don’t do any auto-tweets. If I post it, it comes direct from me. #sbbuzz
pmohara: My favorite WordPress plugin is the Flickr display. I think the pictures add a lot of life to the blog/ #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: I push my blog to Twitter, but don’t include my Twitter feed on my blog. #sbbuzz
BizIncubation: A1: blog/website has our social media links/twitter feed. allows ppl to share our website content on social media networks #sbbuzz
shanemacsays: @Laurimufson I find if you speak directly in your tweets and not autofeed from rss usually higher CTR. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @pmohara I always wanted to do that but I never take any pictures of anything. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: @scoblitz I do send some auto-tweets. When I share something on Google Reader, it goes to FriendFeed and Twitter. #sbbuzz
AmyDesmarais: @IACEZ how do u like slideshare? Havent played with it but read an article about it’s biz utility today #sbbuzz
shanemacsays: @bradfordshimp @scoblitz There is value is auto sharing useful articles but when automated its easy to forget and over share #sbbuzz
pmohara: @scoblitz I bet if you publish them you’ll take more. I think a frequently updated Flickr stream reveals a lot about a business #sbbuzz
BizIncubation: @AmyDesmarais I love slideshare.. think its one of the most awesome tool out there! #sbbuzz
IACEZ: @AmyDesmarais Love it! We use it to make tutorials of common processes our clients may need help with in our application. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q2 What are you doing w/e-mail to connect to other systems (social media, CRM, etc.) & how? #sbbuzz
adriarichards: The most useful tool on my blog? Contact form is an embedded Google form so all inquiries go right into an online spreadsheet #sbbuzz
ImagineGraphics: A1: Labor intensive personalized cross pollination is my strategy. Automatic cross posting loses the authentic ‘voice’ & annoys. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Q2 – Using Mailchimp which connects to Twitter and Batchbook (also Highrise). Contacts move through easily. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @pmohara For WordPress Tweet Blender lets you filter @replies from what you display on your blog. Very nice. #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Collect on CRM, send to email list, publish to Twitter. #sbbuzz
ImagineGraphics: A2: email newsletter with frequent links to FB pg and blog. And BTW, I love MyEmma e-mailing provider. #sbbuzz
BizIncubation: Q2 always include links to social media in email signature-use wise stamp or a similar product #sbbuzz
pmohara: I use Gmail & have it synced to my CRM (BatchBook, of course) and my Blackberry #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz I use email to populate both CRM and To-Do list. I love being able to convert emails to other formats easily. #sbbuzz
adriarichards: Q2 plan workflow on paper, define functionality, identify tools to save time or centralize data, test it #sbbuzz
helpbusinesses: Q2: @BizIncubation I find many ppl follow or view my social network link in my email signature. #sbbuzz
adriarichards: Q2 Rememberthemilk can turn starred email onto tasks #sbbuzz
BizIncubation: @helpbusinesses A lot of times ppl don’t realize that you are on the social media sites. its a nice gentle reminder. #sbbuzz
ImagineGraphics: Not sure how many people follow us on multiple platforms but I try to post content in slightly different ways to not bore. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q2: I also connect Twitter to other apps – I can add to-dos, appointments and set timers all through Twitter. #sbbuzz
adriarichards: Q2 I forward or bcc lead emails to @37signals Highrise app #sbbuzz
BizIncubation: @pmohara I haven’t had any issues with wise stamp yet.. unfortunately it doesn’t work in google chrome only with firefox #sbbuzz
adriarichards: Q2 I manage support requests with @zendesk via email #sbbuzz
leoraw: Coming in late…installed Sexy Bookmarks WP plugin and it’s great for easily sharing a post. #sbbuzz
DeeMcCrorey: A1: #sbbuzz Use FB, Twitter (blog/vlog/website), YouTube, Flickr. Figuring out how to add our new virtual learning site to the mix.
shanemacsays: @adriarichards Heard about @zendesk a while back… Might check out again. thanks. #sbbuzz
adriarichards: Q2 I manage projects on @activeCollab and Basecamp via email #sbbuzz
pmohara: @BizIncubation other problem is I have several identities – @pmohara @batchblue@sbbuzz so I just point to URLs (dont pull feeds) #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @adriarichards I love Zendesk, especially now that I can view ticket history in my CRM #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q3 What are you doing w/your mobile phone to connect to other systems and how?#sbbuzz
leoraw: @ImagineGraphics also post differently on varied platforms. Audiences + expectations vary. Easier to discuss on FB but fewer ppl #sbbuzz
adriarichards: @shanemacsays They’re releasing new features all the time. @Twitter uses @Zendesk athttp://help.twitter.com #sbbuzz
jescarter: Q3: Sending emails, docs and clips to @evernote; a great way to keep track of miscellaneous stuff. #sbbuzz
ChrisKrysinski: Q2 Use my phone to post to Posterous and then auto post that to other outlets #sbbuzz
AmyDesmarais: @BizIncubation in additions to creating presentations – do u find slideshare drives traffic #sbbuzz
BizIncubation: Q3 I have sm apps on my mytouch.. it’s the best thing I could have done.. i take a pic, put it on facebook, twit pic+flickr #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q3 – I sync BlackBerry w/gmail. I also use Tiny Twitter to access Twitter. I need to find more BBerry apps, but who has time? #sbbuzz
ImagineGraphics: A3 hard to post content when I’m away from the office, so I just use mobile phone to listen to others (FB & Twitter) periodically. #sbbuzz
BizIncubation: Q3 if i go to a conference, i blog about it there and then and tweet all via my phone! #sbbuzz
BizIncubation: @AmyDesmarais absolutely.. it helps me explain my expertise, share my knowledge. I do get hits from slideshare back to my website #sbbuzz
DeeMcCrorey: Q2 #sbbuzz I use Google docs and wikis for collaboration / managing projects with dispersed teams.
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q3: Goosync keeps my Gcal and Google contacts up to date with my mobile. #sbbuzz
shanemacsays: Mobile is so broad and so many apps for everything. Im going to just say, iPhone. Works great. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q3 Arrived late & catching up. I don’t have a smartphone yet but I’m saving for an iPhone – I do have TweetDeck on my iPod, though. #sbbuzz
pmohara: I also have my CRM system as a contact in BBerry, so I can copy all messages into it. #sbbuzz
mercutiom: Q3 – I upload photos to Flickr tagged with my URL, tweet a ton, and check-in with Foursquare and connect to others #sbbuzz
adriarichards: Q3 Google Apps for domain email on your iPhone, Blackberry, Android a must have #sbbuzz http://google.com/a
AmyDesmarais: Q3 I’m on tweet deck mobile right now! En route to a soccer game (don’t worry not driving) mobile is key when rushing around #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @pmohara I love Tiny Twitter – I do post pics from my phone with it to Twitpic. #sbbuzz
mercutiom: Q3 – cont’d, I also have email and GCal synced to keep me on task throughout the day. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz I think it’s so cool that our data is so transportable – can use almost anywhere and keep in sync. #sbbuzz
adriarichards: I track my billable time on the iPhone with @harvest #sbbuzz http://getharvest.com
pmohara: @scoblitz @adarowski once told me to learn to do that (instead of e-mailing him pics to post on our site). One day I will… #sbbuzz
IACEZ: Q4 Contractors are naturally self-driven people- that’s why they’re contractors. #sbbuzz
DeeMcCrorey: A3 #sbbuzz: I blog and tweet using phone…great for event coverage. But interested in other tools folks are using (lots of gr8 ideas here!)
adriarichards: There is an iPhone app for Highrise CRM called Top floor #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q4 What else are you duct taping together? Browser plugins, Google gadgets, what makes your life easier? #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Q4 What else are you duct taping together? Browser plugins, Google gadgets, what makes your life easier? #sbbuzz
adriarichards: I use @getclicky to monitor blog traffic in real time and there’s a great mobolie interface #sbbuzz
adriarichards: Twitter DM’s go to iPhone with “push” technology #sbbuzz
adriarichards: Skype mobile for phones #sbbuzz
BizIncubation: Q4 browser plugins like wise stamp, website analytics like google analytics, word press plugins like twitter feed… #sbbuzz
adriarichards: Calendar for iPhone syncscwithbGoogle calendar #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Q4 I’m hooked on browser bookmarklets that let me capture, file, and blog what I find online really quickly and easily. #sbbuzz
shanemacsays: Using twitter to communicate more and more I use Tweetie 2 for iphone all the time. #sbbuzz
adriarichards: Use @Timebridge to schedule appointments with folks. iPhone app also available #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Q4 I use @TimeDriver for scheduling, and it links with my Google Calendar to see when I’m busy and free. #sbbuzz
adriarichards: Use Flickit to post photos directly to Flickr #sbbuzz
leoraw: A4 A fan of Google Alerts – plug something in, and then read news on that topic later. Currently have “Small Biz” as alert #sbbuzz
pmohara: Q4 We’ve (and by that I mean the tech team) have set up greasemonkey add-ons for firefox to grab/link data in dif sites #sbbuzz
adriarichards: If you use Tweetmeme on your blog or website, it will auto generate short urls for mobile folks #sbbuzz
pmohara: I have anything with an RSS feed (BatchBook feeds, blogs, forums) go to Google Reader for quicker reads. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: And now it is what we affectionately call Pitch Time. Please tell us a little about your business. #sbbuzz
merylevans: I prefer to get my reads in email or in Twitter. I never look at Google reader or anything like that anymore. #sbbuzz
IACEZ: @AmyDesmarais You can find a couple here:ย http://www.slideshare.net/iacez ๐Ÿ™‚ #sbbuzz
shanemacsays: We build websites and work to tell people about it! Some call it Social Media, we call it communication.ย http://www.m2volt.com #sbbuzz
merylevans: Aw, a little late for conversation. #sbbuzz
lindadessau: That went fast (b/c I was late)! Pitch: Create free advertising that brands you as an expert in your nicheย http://snipr.com/t1pw5 #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: Pimping out my blog in 2010. Giving away some free ads to build momentum. Check it out atย http://bit.ly/7quy7d. #sbbuzz
sbbuzz: Don’t forget #sbbuzz! If you’d like a once-a-week e-mail reminder of #sbbuzz chats sign up atย http://sbbuzz.net #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Pitch: eSeMBe helps you make sense of and use all the neat techie stuff that got discussed tonight!ย http://esembe.com #sbbuzz
bradfordshimp: I provide advice for small business owners on All Biz Answers and am co-building a collaborative biz community at Idea Anglers #sbbuzz
leoraw: If any of you are Facebook users, would love to have you join my FB page for Websites for Small Bizย http://bit.ly/5L9vS5 #sbbuzz
pmohara: Pamela here from @batchblue small business CRM. We stir up great #sbbuzz conversations and organize the new connections in BatchBook.
sbbuzz: Thanks to everyone for another great discussion! We’ll get the #sbbuzz summary posted on the site soon atย http://sbbuzz.biz
BizIncubation: Pitch: Co founder of a new media consulting firm-work with businesses & nonprofits to help them realize the power of social media. #sbbuzz
scoblitz: @sbbuzz Pitch: I also run a music / photo blog atย http://sensorydispensary.com – I’m currently reviewing my albums in haiku. #sbbuzz
shashib: #sbbuzz great conversation favorited tips Pitch : enter this fun #nsbiztip contesthttp://bit.ly/5ktq3Z by giving your own tip
shanemacsays: I’m also a wedding singer/entertainer playing shows all over the country.ย http://www.mac-live.com/weddings #sbbuzz
merylevans: Will there be a chat next week or holiday break? #sbbuzz
ginabee: Pitch: WriteyTidy turns out tidy text! Words I can do…Thank goodness I’ve got a tech guy!http://writeytidy.com #sbbuzz
lindadessau: Thanks everyone – I’m traveling next week so happy holidays and I’ll see you in two weeks! #sbbuzz
bigcloudmedia: @sbbuzz. Big Cloud Media provides web services that increase ROI. Web design, development, seo, etc. http://www.bigcloudmedia.com #sbbuzz
IACEZ: Thx for a great chat everyone! Pitch: IAC-EZ is an easy-to-use online accounting SaaS app for small businesses.ย http://bit.ly/1Thru8 #sbbuzz

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