I find it very rewarding when I have a discussion with a business colleague about the ups and downs of building a business. We hash through the challenges and obstacles and identify areas where I can get a hold of what I'm doing and consider doing it a different way...or I discover other areas I can expand and improve upon. All and all it is always beneficial and helpful, even when I realize mistakes or mis-steps. Remember, building a business in the self-employment world is something many of us have been pushed into because of age, the economy and other factors. Some of the 'natural instincts' of selling aren't in us so we have to learn and I mean learn quickly!
So my thought is to create a support network to be able to help others "talk out loud" about their ideas. I encourage anyone interested to check www.fogster.com for time and location. It will start out locally but will build into a webinar that all of you can participate in. It's important to get the perspective from people all over the country to are faced with different economic challenges. The Bay Area is such a bubble and sometimes I think the people here forget that the rest of the country may not be enjoying the financial improvements or stability that they are.
Send me your feedback on any other ideas that may be helpful for all of you!