I’m back! Actually I’ve officially been back for nearly a month but the first few weeks disappeared in a haze of tender applications and a whole bunch of little jobs that popped up out of nowhere. Now I’m in the lull period of waiting to see if any of the tenders were successful and catching up on some business admin.
So even though I had 18 weeks of maternity ‘leave’ as any other small business owner knows, you never stop thinking about your business and how to make sure it keeps growing.
I’ve been fortunate since I jumped off the salary train and took a leap into business ownership that I’ve had a fairly steady stream of jobs come my way. Almost 100% of these jobs have come about because of a referral from an ex-colleague, a mate or someone I’ve met through the ‘extra-curricular’ ag activities I’ve been involved with, things like the Future Farmers Network and the Ekka Future Directions Committee. Once or twice they’ve come about through the power of Google.
But, having been ‘out of the loop’ for a couple of months I’m reminded how much I need to keep working on that network, making sure people know who I am, what I can do and how to find me.
It was a timely reminder from Nikki at Cahlia this morning who prompted me to write this blog. A reminder that business development has to happen every day. It was also a reminder that even 10 years ago I couldn’t have done what I do. Yes, we had email and internet but it’s the online networks, the facebook business pages, linkedin and digitally based professional networking groups like Cahlia that really make the ‘gig’ economy work.
When I started this gig four years ago I had grand plans to write a regular blog, discussing topical issues from the perspective of an ag economist and posting answers to common questions that I’m asked.
I really haven’t done very well on the regular posting front but I’m going to make a bigger effort over the next 12 months.
As they say, go big or go home, so I’m going to attempt to collate some thoughts on the ‘Developing the North’ idea which was floated a few years ago but so far seems to be mostly hot air (and at 43C here today we really don’t need any more of that!).
In the meantime, here’s a reminder of just what it is an ag economist does.