Helpful Tips from the Cobblers

The Cobbler’s have been meeting Thursday mornings for quite sometime.  In the past two years we’ve come up with a few helpful tips that we wanted to share.

Finding New Work

When considering a new client, spend an hour with them discussing what you do and their needs, so that you can filter out clients that aren’t a right fit and kept from wasting your valuable time.  

When looking for new work, get back in touch with a prior client to see if they have new projects they need help with.

When presenting a proposal, don’t give it all away in the meeting.  Give a teaser and leave them wanting more.  Be sure to put a deadline, such as a month, on the proposal as well.  This helps filter out prospective clients who don’t know what they want. Know who your client is and other businesses in your network sphere, to help give clarity to how to market yourself.  

Marketing

Some things to think about when marketing yourself.  Get a new headshot at least every 3 years.  If your looks change dramatically, update it sooner.  Your headshot should look like you do now.  

Make sure your business cards reflect you and your business.  Don’t put everything on your cards and keep in mind your photo on business cards is more for people in sales, so clients remember their face.  

When you go to a networking event or met with a potential client, have a clear vision of how you are going to market yourself.  Give them the basics of what you do and you can expand on this as the relationship grows.  

If you've got any life lessons you've picked up come to Cobblers' Collective on Thursday morning at 8:15 a.m. and share them!  Or post to social media and tag it with #cobblerscollective.

Victories!

The topic for discussion for last week's meeting was victory celebrations!  We had a variety of victories to celebrate.  One cobbler was able to influence their spouse to sign up for SWaM (Small business, Women & Minorities), which opened up new opportunities to bid on projects that match up with his small business offerings.  (SWaM provides certification and in Virginia can provide money to small businesses both state or local.  You can find more information at eva.virginia.gov)

One victory was a successful meeting with a new client, where there may be potential to grow.  A different Cobbler helped a client move on, so they could take the next step on their own.   Next, a commitment to create new packages for more effective marketing.  Another Cobbler duked it out with a government agency over an issue with a client and won.

We want to hear all your small business victories, so shout out your victories and tag it #CobblersCollective.

How do you define your workday/week?

As always we kicked off today’s meeting with a random question.  Todays' was what everyone had for breakfast ...it seems a common theme that breakfast, for the most part, isn’t the most important meal of the day for Cobblers.  

Then we threw some questions to the floor to help us define our work day or week. This sparked a diverse discussion of how we as small business owners stay on task and get our work done.  

  • How do we break up our work, is it by hour or project?  
  • How do we know if we are accomplishing what we need to?  
  • Is it important to determining a work routine?  
  • Do you set yourself up for the win at the end of the day?
  • Do you take time to review your achievements?

We agree the strongest thing to do, and the hardest, is to "Know thy self."  Use your strengths and best practices to tweak what works for you.  Everyone needs to embrace the way that works with their personality type.  

Some tools suggested for getting you there were setting up your own Advisory council. Find people who you can bounce ideas off of and can play devil’s advocate on what is not working for you, those who are invested in achieving success for each other. If you find the right people, their feedback can help you get over barriers you may have been experiencing.  

Utilize support groups, like our Cobblers.  Use Toggle for time management issues.  Parking lot things that you get hung up on and give yourself some time to think before revisiting the project.  Use a checklist to keep yourself on track and make sure everything gets done.  

How do you define your work day? Let us know!

NOTE: Work Nimbly is celebrating it’s 2 year anniversary in September ..stay tuned for what’s coming for our fun celebration and plan on being there.  We want to make sure everyone who is a part of success joins in on the merryment!


 

Summer Fun

Last week at the Cobbler’s Collective we discussed making summer fun for you, your clients and your employees.

This idea came about, as one Cobbler’s client set up some hefty goals to achieve, but also decided that they would incorporate weekly fun as well.   A sort of "you're working hard, so let's play hard too." thing.

This sparked lots of variety in our discussion.  We started with fun ideas. One local business provided a personal training session for their employees, had a Froyo outing and provided lunch.  Another delivered fun packages for others.  (#sparklefriday) We'd even heard that one a business in which the employees did a beer swap.  They would bring in cases and then swap out different beers to create a variety pack.  This allowed them to try new beers they may not of otherwise.

What about a bring your dog to work policy?  It seems there could be a lot of pros and cons with this sort of activity.  What about employees who are allergic?  What do you do with ill behaved dogs?  

And then we started to ask, is this a way to define company culture?  Can you set up rules that allow this to happen without killing the fun?  How do you discover what your employees want and how can you engage them?

Post in the comments below your ideas of how to bring fun to the workplace and motivate your teams.  

This week we will be following up on the personal goals we discussed back in January.  Can’t wait to hear where everyone is excelling, what needs to be tweaked, and what we're just trashing!  If you don't have goals from January, no fear, there is no time like the present to establish goals!

Cobblers' Victories!

Today we got together and discussed our proudest moments.  And they were pretty spectacular! 

 
 

Two of us have picked up certifications this year. One Cobbler tested so well in her certification that they asked her to create a video to share with future test takers.

Several of us are negotiating big contracts, some of us have taken calculated risks and finally pulled the trigger on big projects, we’ve pivoted our businesses, and some of us had insanely good 4th quarters! 

Not that Work Nimby (Williamsburg’s most awesome creative Coworking space) can take credit, but y’all did attribute some of your victories to Work Nimbly and the Cobblers’ Collective. 

So how about you?  If you didn’t make it to the meeting, chime in with your first quarter victory here or on our facebook page.  Work Nimbly – Cowork Williamsburg

Cobblers' its GOALS TIME!

 
 

Last week the Cobblers met to discuss the goals we set back in January.  We all made progress, but some of us not as much as we’d like.

The goals went as such:

One Cobbler, met her goals, but will continue to pursue the same ones.  She’s hoping to continue to have more story pitches both in her industry and out.

Another Cobbler noticed that her goals were too vague.  So her new goal for the quarter is to make her old goal more specific.

Some of us are going to write our goals out and put them somewhere we can see them more.  Great plan, right?

A few of us are looking for project management software.  We got some recommendations and one Cobbler will be testing out both Wrike and Teamwork.  He’ll get back to us with updates.

There are some Cobblers who need to work on SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures -  the documented processes that a company has in place to ensure services and/or products are delivered consistently every time.)  We’ll be following up with them as well.

Finally, one Cobbler is looking for someone who can do optometry work and is looking to work in the Richmond and/or VA Beach area.  She’s hoping to move more of her client base to Williamsburg but has an active practice both north and south of us.  If you know of someone in that field who’s wants to work in or wants to purchase a thriving optometric practice in those areas, let us know!

It was a great conversation, and it’s good to know that someone will notice if you put off your goals.  Accountability is one of the great gifts of the Cobblers’ Collective!

In the course of our discussion, we also discovered that some of our goals no longer fit with what we want and that we need to let those goals go.  It’s hard to ever be critical of what we do, but when we do notice that a something no longer applies to us, we need to eliminate it. 

We do keep a list of individuals and their goals, if you’ve got one you’d like us to hold you accountable for, shoot the gnome (thegnome@worknimbly.com) an email with the subject line “Goals” and we’ll track it for you.

 

 

 

Cobblers' to the Rescue!

The Cobblers’ Collective was really interesting this morning.  Our Cobbler, Madeline need help dry running her upcoming presentation about the role of a Public Relations Officer.  It was super informative, and it sparked some really interesting comments.

 

This is one of the fantastic thing about the Cobblers’ Collective, that we can all gather and support each other in our business adventures.  It is such an amazing community.

And speaking of support, next week we’re going to be discussing our goals that we set back at the beginning of the year.  Some of the goals were to make more money, or not work weekends by the end of the quarter, or learn a new language (or bits of it anyway.) A few of them were even personal, so we created a code word: “WATERMELON!”

We’ll be sending out reminder emails to everyone who asked us to help them be accountable.  If you’d like to add your goal(s) to the accountability sheet, email the Gnome (thegnome@worknimbly.com) with them and when they need to be done by, and we’ll add them to the list. We’ll then check in with you and see how it’s going.

Technology, Cobblers' Style

Today we talked about technology.  What gadgets and apps have helped you do your thing?

 

Cobblers mentioned Evernote (Jenn is a super fan) and Toggl (Gretchen loves this one.)  Universal "yeas” for Dropbox.

Jack mentioned that at a conference he went to the speaker said you should limit yourself to 10 technologies.  (Suites, like Microsoft Office or Adobe, would count as 1 technology.)  It seems that after 10 you're spending more time working on the tech and less time being served by the tech.

This turned the conversation to kicking it old school and using using paper.

We've all mentioned the paper calendars, and the fans of Work Nimbly have all tried one sort or another (check out the Spark Notebook or the Passion Planner (it's not that kind of passion.))  Joe promised to bring his paper calendar/workbook the week after next so we can all geek at that.

Do you journal?  Are you team digital calendar or paper calendar?

Let us know.


Next week we're going on a field trip to talk with the lovely people from Primm about Google AdWords.

You can RSVP here, by March 4th please.  

Morrison (Gretchen's trusty Van) will be making the trip for anyone that wants to carpool.  Just make sure to let her know, and be at Work Nimbly by 8:15 a.m. next Thursday.

Marching on...

Work Nimbly is seeing some changes this month.

Goodbye Libby

Our favorite ornithologist is leaving Williamsburg for Colorado.  Libby is not just a coworker she’s been a real friend to Work Nimbly.  (You can thank her for the great idea of moving the printer outta the big room.) She’s been there for yoga, Frosty Thursdays, and our art parties.  We’re going to miss her fiercely and hope that Colorado is super nice to a wickedly wonderful lady and her family.

 
 

Not quite a goodbye…

One of the Nimbly partners Natalie has decided to step away from her leadership position at Work Nimbly.  “I’ve got to shift my overall commitments, and sadly, I have to give up being a Boss Lady at Work Nimbly - but I’ll still be a very enthusiastic coworker,” she said.   

But, she’s not leaving!  She’s keeping her Moore than Words office at Work Nimbly and will be part of our funny, funky, and productive community small business owners, coworkers, and awesome makers.  She’ll still be around to tell you how to spell zeitgeist, hanging with the Cobblers at the Cobbler’s Collective, and bending with Ben in our Friday yoga classes.

Work Nimbly will continue to operate as is has been, but if you have an operational question, you’ll have to hit up Jenn or Gretchen about it.

 
 

Last Month with Kelly’s Art

Kelly Seeber’s art will be coming down at the end of the month.  If you haven’t been in to see it, now’s your moment.  We’re also running a raffle for a print from Kelly.  All the details are here.  We’re eagerly looking forward to our April show (shhh… it’s a secret for now) but we’ve adored being surrounded by Kelly’s artwork.  She’s a gifted artist and we’re so fortunate we get to have her in Williamsburg.

Future Events

It’s gonna be an interesting March!

 

Outreach!

We talked about Outreach today!  There are newsletters (the old-fashioned paper kind), email newsletters, social media, and actual networking.

 

We started with email newsletters which spun toward inbound marketing (marketing activities that bring visitors in, rather than marketers having to go out.)  At Work Nimbly we use Tiny Letter because it’s easy, free, and minimalist.  We send out a weekly email to our “Cobblers” mailing list and a quarterly-ish email to our “Work Nimbly” list.

Keep in mind that there are some regulations about emails.  An unsubscribe button is mandatory.  Tiny Letter, like the other email services, will manage that for you.  Also, make it easy to unsubscribe.  Nothing is more frustrating than finding yourself 12 links away still trying to get off that newsletter.

But how do you get those email addresses in the first place?  One way is to manually add folks to your list.  Proceed with caution, ‘cause just bulk adding all those folks to your mailing list is not polite.  Put a link up on your website so folks can subscribe.

You can also use the inbound marketing tactic of offering something of value (template, chart, whitepaper, article, etc) in exchange for an address.  Both HubSpot and I Will Teach You To Be Rich are companies with very strong inbound marketing campaigns.

How often should you send content? Monthly seems common but you should do some research about the best time and frequency to send stuff out for your industry.  Different times are good for different industries.  Look at your analytics to see how it is actually working for you.  If you don’t actually analyze your results, what’s the point in putting out that effort?

And it is an effort.  Unless you’re getting prepackaged content from industry specific providers, you need to create content regularly that is pertinent to your audience. (Keep a running list of topics to go to, to help expedite the process.)  A quick calculation during the meeting suggested about 8 hours a month for a basic, but solid, content schedule with a weekly blog and a monthly email newsletter.

Other News

We’ve got a Cobblers’ Collective Slack group.  If you want to participate send The Gnome an email at thegnome@worknimbly.com and let him know.  If you haven’t heard of Slack, check it out, it’s sort of a chat room full of awesome.

Market Research, Cobblers' Style

The Cobblers’ met to discuss Market Research.  It was a lively discussion and one of the highlights included learning to “facebook stalk” your clients (it’s a small town, so don’t be creepy, but knowing how and where your clients spend their time could help you find other clients just like them.  And facebook isn’t your only resource.)

We also chatted about surveying our current customers/clients.  Are you talking to yours?  What do they want that you could offer?  How do they feel about your company?  Your current clients are a great resource, and you should use them.

Also take a look at what your competitors are doing.  Where are they advertising? Where and when are the networking?  What does their social media stream looking like?  Knowing these things can help differentiate you and help your efforts stand out.

And then here are some other helpful links:

Downloadable Marketing Plans – this is a good launching point for most folks.
How to Build an Unbeatable Content Marketing Plan
Marketing Plan Template – with bonus video from John Paul of John Paul Mitchell fame

Resolutions

Last year the Cobblers’ Collective met and wrote out their resolutions.

What is so fantastic about the Cobblers’ is the wonderfully strong and supportive community we’ve built.  There is a place where you can ask the questions about your business and get helpful answers, vocal support, or at the very least a “you got this!”  

We’re all facing the same challenges as small business owners.  We all charge too little, give too much away, and forget to write things down.  These resolutions are a testament to how much we are all alike despite how different our businesses are.

So this year...

We will double check our taxes.

We will keep better records.

We will look at our finances at least once a month.

We will charge what we deserve.

We will track our mileage.

We will not give our services away for free.

We will use our time/schedule wisely.

We will be more organized.

We will manage our time better.

We will do what our doctor says.

We will collect fees/payments up front.

We will get all our tax info to the accountant before October.

We will be ready for national projects.

We will cultivate more relationships.

We will not skip quarterly tax payments.

We will give ourselves more rewards for goal successes.

We will not take on outside business that doesn’t pay three times or better.

We will not let others devalue our business.

We will communicate better.

We will charge everyone for all of the work we do.

We will use a mantra for our business based on our purpose.

We will not launch a new product too early.

What else will we do?  Come to the Cobblers’ Collective at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday mornings and ind out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cobblers’ Collective Mistakes Jar Edition

We anonymously submitted some of our mistakes to the jar today, and pulled them out to share them.  This is one of the more popular Cobbler’s topics, so we’ll be taking down the mistakes jar monthly, unless we’re talking about goals.  If you want to put your mistake in the jar, feel free to do that anytime!

The great thing about the mistakes jar, is that most of us ARE MAKING THE SAME MISTAKES.  Hard to believe, right?  But, yes we’re all goofing in the same way, so we can help each other fix these mistakes along with ourselves!

Today’s mistakes included:

Jumping on technology too fast.
When you jump on a technology, it’s not just a financial commitment, it’s a time commitment.  Even if the technology (or book, or class, or system) you purchased will help you with a problem, you have to remember it takes time to implement and really learn about the technology.

Not taking time for yourself.
Just schedule it, and keep that commitment.  Your problems will be there when you get back.  If you don’t take care of You, then You won’t be able to take care of your business.  When you do take time to yourself, make your time count.  Do something that truly makes you happy and rejuvenates you.

Not validating/verifying information.
We’ve all done this.  Missed a tiny number that should have been verified, published something with the wrong date or location, or just trusted the client didn’t goober up their spelling.  Sometimes we’re just going too fast, but most of the time we just don’t have a system in place to make sure we’ve double checked ourselves.  Perhaps it’s time for an “Outbound” checklist.

Putting the wrong people in a position.
It’s really hard to train personality traits into people, actually it’s downright impossible.  Some people are just not who you want them to be.  Even if they have the skillset and they’d be really great at job X, if they’re not feeling it they’re not gonna do it.   Some solutions are: get to know people on a more personal level before hiring them, make a job description and have others help you interview so you get a different perspective.

Seeking business approval from family & friends.
Not everyone’s friends and family are entrepreneurly savvy.  As much as we want to share our victories, and challenges, with the people in our lives who are close to us, they’re not always the right people to help you evaluate your business.  It’s important to find someone who understands the unique experience small business ownership is.  Better yet, find two people; one in your industry and one outside your industry. 

Win a Kelly Seeber Print!

Everyone has loved Kelly's art, we want to get even more people in to see it!  Come by Work Nimbly and enter to win your own piece of extraordinary art!

3 Ways to Enter!

  1. Come see the art exhibit, enter your name in the raffle bucket.
  2. Come see the art exhibit and post a photo you took to Facebook. Message “ENTER ME TO WIN” and tag BOTH @worknimbly and @urbantheorystudios to enter.
  3. Come see the art exhibit and post a photo you took of the art to Instagram. Message “ENTER ME TO WIN” and tag BOTH @worknimbly and @urbantheorystudios to enter.

Enter before March 23, 2016 (3 drawings will be held March 24, 2016).Three winners will each receive one (5 x 7) print shown below. 

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Cobbler’s Collective: Contingency Plans

Today, we met to discuss what happens if there’s snow, illness or aliens. You know, what to do when you can’t work.

Being ever prepared, Dale brought a checklist his firm sends out to clients when the weather report looks ominous.  This sheet reminds building owners of things to check before the storm hits. We've shared it below, so you too can be ready!

We didn’t just talk about checking out your building, we also talked about checking out your computer. Do you back your computer system up?  When was the last time you double checked to make sure your backup system was working? Making sure your backup system is backing up should be part of your regular business maintenance.

(Backblaze.com is a new player in this market that is very reasonable. Gretchen uses a combination of Dropbox.com (for active projects) and Crashplan.com for longer term storage.)

And speaking of technical failure plans, do you have a plan in place if your hardware stops working?  How will you get to your work if your computer crashes, and how do you keep working once you get your data off the broken machine? Many backup software programs allow you to download your work off their servers, but you should find a time to try it when it’s not an emergency to learn how your system works. Think about having a backup computer, or at least do the research to know what you would buy in a pinch if your hardware fails.

Consider too, your service contracts. Do you have someone who regularly maintains your building? Will they be able to get in to service your equipment, or do you need to reschedule them?  Do you have someone assigned to contacting service providers? What about employees? Having a written policy in place (that everyone knows) can greatly reduce the stress of closing the office for a day or week or even a month.

We also talked about insurance. There are many flavors of insurance. (e.g. disability, errors and omissions, professional liability) Individuals should keep in mind that your personal insurance may not cover damages to work-related items. If you leave your work laptop in the car, and it gets stolen, chances are your personal insurance won’t cover the cost of replacement since it’s a “work” laptop.  As always, you should talk to your insurance representative and your lawyer.  (And do try to read the fine print on your insurance documentation, to understand what you are actually covered for.)

Finally, what happens if you pass on?  Do you have a letter of instruction for your partner (business or personal partners) that tells your person what to do with your business, clients, etc.   Does your family know who to contact about your business if you do pass on?

Sometimes you just can’t get to work, but the Cobblers universally agree that you should have a plan in place (preferably written down) for the days when you’re just not going to make it into the office.


Storm Preparedness for Commercial Buildings
from Guernsey Tingle Architects

Many of our clients have experienced major storm events in their buildings, while some have not.  Many of you have full-time maintenance and facilities staff that are much more experienced than we are at preparing for storms.  For those of you that may not, the following is a list of items to help in your storm preparations.  Add it to your other storm readiness lists.

  • Enclose or secure all outside furniture, planters, trash cans, etc.
  • Check all gutters and downspouts for clear drainage path.
  • Check all membrane roof areas for leaves, debris and other items that may clog roof drains.
  • Secure all operable windows – make sure they are locked; not just closed
  • Check outside doors for closure at threshold and astragal (where double doors meet at the center).  Most commercial doors are not designed to withstand direct wind driven rains – temporary storm closure or blocking may be needed.
  • If you have sump pumps or emergency pumps (such as elevator pits or basements), check battery backup or emergency power.
  • If you have a grinder pump, check battery backup or emergency power.
  • Check outside drain inlets to insure clear drainage path.  Look for leaves, debris, etc. that could clog drains.
  • Check security system for operation in extended power outage.  Verify emergency contact information with your security company.
  • Back up all computer programs and store backup medium offsite.  UPS systems will only last for brief power outages.
  • Check other “intelligent” systems for operation during extended power outages.

After storms and extended periods of power outage:

  • Reprogram thermostats & replace batteries.
  • Reset telephone system.
  • Reset computer servers.
  • Verify all U.P.S. systems are still functioning correctly.
  • Test emergency lights, exit signs & other emergency egress items for proper operation (note:  look for a red reset button next to fluorescent lights – these may be your emergency light fixtures).
  • Check roof drains for clear drainage path.
  • Clear out all site drain inlets
  • Check with elevator maintenance company on post-outage elevator operation.
  • Test sump pumps & grinder pumps.

Marketing Plans - Cobbler's Edition

What a fantastic Cobblers’ Collective!  Today we discussed marketing plans.

Starting with the fundamentals, what is marketing?  Marketing is any communication between a company and the world.  It’s getting your name/brand/product seen/heard/tasted/smelled.

One of our Cobblers sees much of his marketing outreach as building and maintaining relationships.  If you know of someone who just opened a new location, stop by and say hello!  (Or bring some picture hangers, duct tape, and a screwdriver for them as a business-warming gift.)

Talking about relationship building segued into a discussion of social media.  Thankfully we had Margeaux to give us some tips!

  • Be consistent in time and pic and username so people don’t have to guess if it’s you.  Make your avitar (that little profile pic) match across platforms as much as you can.
  • Engage with people, each platform is different. The goal is communication between you and customer. People want content, not ads. Be interactive -- comment on other people’s stuff, like posts, tag them, etc.
  • Make it personal, occasionally share pic of your family, vacation, or something.  Consumers want to see the people behind the business.  Think of this ratio: 80/20- 80% business, 20% personal.
  • Mix up posts so it isn’t always the same kind of posts. Don’t always have blurb then link.  Do that one day and the next day add a quote w/out a link to anything, the next day, a pic you took, the next day tag another business in a post, etc.
  • You can share business posts on personal pages but not every day, maybe 1 out of 10.

Event planning can also be a great way to market your location or business.  The event needs to be in line with your client/customer’s interests and your brand.

You can also harvest new clients via inbound marketing. Inbound marketing is promoting a company through content that attracts customers to you. Offering templates, whitepapers, or content that folks want in exchange for their contact information.

In short, make a plan and hire a professional if necessary.

Do you have one?  If so, what does it look like?

Cobbler's Collective on Feedback

Today we talked about feedback.  Getting feedback from your clients, vendors, employees, and peers can help you direct your business effectively.  The trick is getting that feedback.

There are a few ways to solicit feedback:

  1. In a survey (e.g. Survey Monkey)
  2. Via email
  3. In person, either a focus group or a 1 on 1 chat
  4. Via third party review sites (e.g. Yelp)

There are more, of course, but this is what we focused on.

Surveys
We discussed the challenges with anonymous feedback: people are more willing to give you negative feedback, but you don’t have an opportunity to respond to the critic and make it right. 

In person or via direct email
You might get feedback, but the feedback giver may not feel free to be wholly honest.  We all want to make people happy, and telling someone they did a bad job isn’t easy.

Third party review sites
It’s critical to monitor online reviews, and make sure you respond to your negative reviews in a positive fashion.  Think about creating a policy about monitoring and responding to reviews that includes time frame and tone.

(A website to keep handy is this one, it helps authenticate reviews reviewskeptic.com)

Consider who you get your feedback from.  One idea presented was to ask for feedback from peers and customers you want to replicate.  Be specific and only ask a few people instead of generically asking everyone. 

When you’re reading reviews there are 5-star folks who love you, and 1-star folks who just don’t.  But what about the 3-star folks who feel “fine.”  How do you reach them to get feedback, and how can you sway them toward a 5-star review?  Finding those 3-star folks might be tricky, but they also might be a great way to bolster up your client base.

Great Idea: at the end of the project create an email to solicit feedback from the client and send it to yourself through boomerang to be sent to you in 6 months.  You can then quickly review and send to client!

Cobblers' Collective Goals for 2016

It’s 2016 and there are GOALS!

Today, eight of us met and discussed our goals for the next year. Some of our goals are: to make more money, or not work weekends by the end of the quarter, or learning a new language (or bits of it anyway.) A few of them were even personal, so we created a code word: “WATERMELON!”

We’re not going to share everyone’s goals here, since it’s the internet, and goals are personal, even if they are about business. But we do have them written down and we WILL be holding the Cobblers accountable.

If you’d like to add your goal(s) to the accountability sheet, email the Gnome (thegnome@worknimbly.com) with them and when they need to be done by, and we’ll add them to the list. We’ll then check in with you and see how it’s going.

Together, we’re going to rule 2016!

The next meeting will be January 14, 2016 at 8:15 A.M. You can find the event here.

Mistakes from 2015

The Cobblers' Collective gathered last week to discuss the mistakes they will not be carrying into 2016!

  1. Pay your quarterly taxes on time!  Consult with your tax preparer about new tax info before the end of the year.
  2. New year, new pricing!  (Here's a free pricing guide courtesy of one of our Cobblers, Valerie Horner.)
  3. Cultivate more relationships.
  4. Stop saying yes when you mean to say no.  No more overcommitting.
  5. Down with distractions!  We have a note to ask Jon Bently about a program that keeps you off hulu or facebook or whatever your own dark playground is.

Our next Cobbler's Collective will be January 7, 2016.  Here's the facebook event page.  Bring your goals for the new year, 'cause we're gonna follow up quarterly to see how you're doing.  There will be rewards!

 

 

Oh Project Management...

Another great Cobbler’s meeting!  We discussed managing projects and some infrastructure that makes it easier, we digressed a bit into planning tools as well here are links to some of the things we talked about.

Project Management Tools

Project Management Theory

  • Kaban (here's one link, but the Google as a bagillion)
  • Dale mentioned the Urgent/Important matrix, and we found this one at mindtools.com