Update: I posted this in 2012, and the sentiment remains the same, EXCEPT that Whitfield Consulting is now SMB Smart Marketing! When I registered for an LLC, the name Whitfield Consulting was not available. I am grateful that this bump in the road caused me to rethink my brand and give it a fresh feel. I hope you enjoy the following Gratitude blog…
My dad used to say, “Nine months will cure anything but a pregnancy.” That phrase of wisdom helped through a journey of personal and business growth that began with a corporate layoff in 2010 and let to my own marketing consultancy.
I remember in 3rd grade (many years ago!), reading a short story by Isaac Asimov set in the future. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the title. I do remember a drawing of school age children sitting at the kitchen table in front of a computer monitor taking school lessons.
I remember so clearly looking at that picture, and hoping I live long enough for that scene to become a reality. You must realize that at that time, IBM’s computers filled entire rooms, there were no cell phones, no answering machines, no video games, color TV was just emerging, and central air conditioning was a modern convenience. The concept of the story seemed so, so far away.
And now, here I sit, at MY laptop, dual monitors, Tablet, Chromebook, SmartPhone, running a small business with clients from all over this great country from my home office!
Clients from all over the USA
Arizona, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, North Carolina, Kansas, Arkansas, Illinois, Georgia, New York, Oaklahoma…. How did they find me here in Atlanta? Through that “magic” internet… on LinkedIn discussions, Facebook interactions, Twitter tweetchats, Quora discussions, Google+ hangouts, professional listings on various websites and affiliations, my email newsletter, and of course, personal and client referrals.
I had a colleague in disbelief when I told him I had rarely personally met my clients – that virtually all our engagement was through the internet or phone contact. He couldn’t understand how anyone would hire me without meeting me in person!
The Social Media Factor
I tried to explain they HAD personally met me – in a way!! I am more personally exposed on the internet than I ever have been to anyone in my lifetime due to Social Media Networking. Details of my entire career and public interactions are all over the internet accessible by anyone at anytime.
So, back to my point: not only am I thankful for my clients, past, present, and future, but also for modern technology. Here I sit in my home office in Roswell, Georgia (Metro Altanta, GA) communicating with the world. Not only did I live long enough to see Isaac Asimov’s story, but I am living it.
It is such a pleasure getting to know so many entrepreneurs in so many different types of small businesses. They each have their own way of approaching business, but they all have such passion for their individual businesses and it rubs off on me – very inspiring. And for that I am grateful to you all.
I also have had the pleasure of acquiring new colleagues through social media. Professionals I have never met personally, but who check in on me and my progress as I check in on them. We share ideas, ask each other questions and offer moral support.
Support is everything
And of course, if it weren’t for my family and friends supporting me, I couldn’t have done it at all. I thank them and love them all.
So that is my message of thanks to everyone for this Thanksgiving day. I wish only the best for you and yours today. It is a great pleasure to be a part of your lives and your successes!