Building connections and relationships with others is a crucial part of doing business. Ever heard the term your network = your net worth? That’s because the people you surround yourself with bring value to your life and business.
For some, networking can be a very intimidating task. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out these scripts!
4 short networking scripts:
You don’t know me, but our mutual associate [name] recommended that I contact you.
I am trying to [specific ultimate goal] and they said of everyone they know, you would be the very best to talk to.
Is there a time I can sit down with you for 15 minutes to discuss this?
Who do you know that you would want to talk to if you were in my position?
In this workshop, RevRoad Strategist, Seth Robinson, guides us through the networking process and how to do it best. Watch the full networking workshop here.
Download your “Networking Scripts Cheat Sheet” sheet here.
Being a solopreneur means you’re solely responsible for every element and task involved with owning a new business. Not sure where to look for the best startup tech help? Checking the following items off of your list can give your new small business the boost it needs to succeed.
Basically, an NDA is a way to keep your “secret” information secret—whether you’re dealing with friends or not.
You will want an NDA when you are presenting, sharing, showing, receiving, or allowing outsiders to access your confidential information.
In other words, Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) are legal agreements that protect sensitive information that contribute to projects, ideas, or products of the company and keep that information out of the hands of competitors.
I hope your holidays were special and filled with the blessings of love, family, and service. 2020 was a year to remember for many reasons. Thanks to each of you for your great work, service, and care for our mission. I am so grateful to each one of you.
Saving the Pear from Apple: Where we’re at and why we care
Provo, UT—In the United States, it costs tens of thousands of dollars to defend a trademark opposition. For a company like Apple, with tens of billions of dollars in resources, attacking the trademarks of small businesses is no problem. Sadly, most small businesses can’t afford to defend themselves against this type of litigation, and, as a result, must change their logo and branding or close their doors. Either way, the bully wins.
Does the international software giant really spend time and resources hunting down and filing notices of opposition against small businesses? Unfortunately for the young, Utah-local cooking app, Prepear, the answer is yes. “It’s unfortunate that a world renown brand, such as Apple, would directly attack a young, female owned startup such as Prepear, just because they can,” says A.J. Rounds, CMO of RevRoad—a partner with Prepear, “In this difficult time, regarding the pandemic, the world is rooting extra hard for small business, while Apple seems anxious to squash them.
Prepear is a cooking app that helps users combine every part of their cooking life in one concise place. Prepear users can discover, organize, shop, and cook all within Prepear’s uniquely built features. Pretty straight forward right? Just a small business simplifying the lives of America’s home cooks. Yet, here comes Apple (yes, 2 trillion dollar Apple) claiming Prepear’s obviously pear shaped logo is too close to Apple’s trademark logo.
But does Apple really think Prepear’s logo could create confusion with their own? Here’s exactly what the megacorporation has to say:
In most cases, these company logos do not resemble Apple’s at all, nor are they in the same line of business. Yet, Apple has been going after dozens of small businesses, forcing them to pay for a very expensive legal defense, or abandon their trademarks (which also comes at substantial cost).
A 2019 release from the US Small Business Administration stated, “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy: they create two-thirds of net new jobs and drive U.S. innovation and competitiveness. A new report shows that they account for 44 percent of U.S. economic activity.” This information highlights the importance of small businesses for the U.S. economy.
Prepear has already spent thousands of dollars and been forced to lay off a team member due to this expensive battle with Apple. So why fight it?
“I feel a moral obligation to take a stand against Apple’s aggressive legal action against small businesses and fight for the right to keep our logo. We are defending ourselves against Apple not only to keep our logo, but to send a message to big tech companies that bullying small businesses has consequences.”