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By Pat Hammond

Reputation & Reliability

Do I really need to say this? How you honor your commitments is a reflection of your reliability and when you're a small business owner your personal reputation, good or bad, directly affects your business.

To put it another way, if you say you're going to do something you really need to do it.

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By Pat Hammond

New Year/New Feature

It took a while, but it's finally here. I am excited to announce the launch of the Queen City Buzz events page.

Back in September I said that I wanted to add an event page that links to one central community calendar with listings of all the local business, networking and tech events, but there wasn't one.

To be honest, there still isn't one.

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By Pat Hammond

Making it Work!

This week's motto is a nod to the fact that sometimes, no matter how well you plan, things go sideways.

It might be an issue with equipment or a service provider, it could be a client that changes their mind after you sent the file to the printer or it might just be that you screwed up.

It happens.

In a perfect world everyone gets a do-over. Unfortunately this is the real world where clients expect us to finish projects on time and on budget, no matter what challenges pop up along the way.

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By Pat Hammond

Week 3 Notes

It's week three of 2015 and it looks like the local meetups and tech events are getting back on track.

In addition to the usual Gold Star meetings, Alpha Loft's Launch Series is offering a lunch-time meeting featuring a presentation on business planning, Master Networks has a new chapter meeting in Bedford, and my own group, New Hampshire PHP, has their monthly meetup Thursday night at The Farm.

If you're starting a new business and can only attend one event I would highly recommend Alpha Loft's Launch Series. If their StartUp networking group (see my review ) is any indication of their other programs this meeting will be a winner.

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By Pat Hammond

I admit it, I used to be a shareware junkie. There's something about finding all the features I love about those uber expensive programs in a free alternative. Sometimes you get what you pay for, but if you're persistent you might just find an awesome open source program that meets or even exceeds your needs.

Here is a list of my Top 10 Favorite Free Tools:

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By Pat Hammond

It's no secret that I love a good plan and while I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions, the start of a new year is a great time to review last year's business goals, specifically what worked and what you can do better.

With that in mind this week's motto is Define Your Goals.

Don't drive yourself nuts, just take a look at your overall business plan and break it down into manageable SMART goals. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) Setting quarterly benchmarks with monthly action steps.seems to work best for me, just remember to leave a little flexibility for the unexpected, like breaking both of your hands. (You can't make this stuff up...)

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By Pat Hammond

Alpha Loft StartUp Meetup

Location: 844 Elm Street, Suite 100, Manchester
Date: first Wednesday of the month, 12:00 PM
Website: www.meetup.com/startupmht/

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By Pat Hammond

Week 2 Notes

It's a new year which means that it's time to stop thinking about networking and start doing it!

There are tons of free events to suit almost everybody's schedule and even I, the queen of video calls, managed to brave the cold and get to a networking event this week.

No excuses!

Just do it!

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By John Rolfe

Square - The POS When Your Business is On the Road

The Facts:

  • price: fees comparable to PayPal and other popular POS, card reader & software free
  • tools/amenities: free card reader & software, secure online storefront, send customer receipts, dashboard with sales stats
    ease of use:
    very easy -- just plug it into your phone
  • value: great!
  • overall recommendation: great option, highly recommend

The Details:

My first exposure to Square occurred when I was supporting my significant other, Cathy Clement, at the farmers market on the main street bridge in Nashua. I was sitting and watching her doing chair massage while La Belle Winery was right next to us selling wine.

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By Pat Hammond

A new year traditionally means new beginnings and after our soft start last September the team at Queen City Buzz is looking to hit the ground running in 2015.

To start things off I am posting a weekly one-liner. No, I don't mean jokes. In this instance a one liner is a quick bit of wisdom to help you (and me) find balance and inspiration, both in business and at home.

This week's motto is simply one word: BALANCE.

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