Hi everyone and thanks for reading my article. I thought I should start by explaining what BizNation is. I remember thinking of the name and it was one of those brain storming moments on a weekend and strangely I had just finished watching a show called “The 100”. Not the kind of show I normally watch; but it got my attention for some reason.
Anyway, in this tv series they had something called Nation and to be honest I don’t recall what that even was as I was fixated on what my next creation was going to be.
So, when I started jotting down names for this new beast, the words business and community had to be used. Both having too many syllables for my liking, after traipsing the online thesaurus words for quite a few hours the end result was BizNation.
And so, others can connect quickly, I added the tagline Small Business Community.
My goal was to create a website that small business owners/operators can visit and find useful hints, tips, tricks and if really stuck, ask a question on the forum. This forum is now held on Facebook, you sometimes can’t beat the power of social media for having a hub for a group community.
I planned to connect small business operators with others and create a real community online.
I know what you’re thinking, this chick is nuts, there are a million of these on Facebook already. Why would you make something that already exists and is at everyone’s fingertips?
Let me explain…
So, my idea of social media is simple, the bare basics to me are Linkedin, Instagram and Facebook!
Linkedin is my newspaper online a professional playground. I connect with people I know in other businesses for either work- or work-related reasons.
Instagram is like a night club in my head. You post just about anything, anytime, anywhere.
Facebook is for family, friends and sometimes even close work colleagues. But also a fantastic place for small business owners to unite.
So, in these circumstances and let’s be brutally honest, we all have moments of needing help! Where do you go? So, based on this, my personal struggles like this, BizNation was born.
Working along side the Facebook community and providing extra resources is the aim, from the Group discussions to the Podcast and also stepping into bite size videos on YouTube.
I have created BizNation for others, others that are like me, we get stuck, we need help and we can’t always find the answers, but bringing a united front of business support into a few key places was the aim behind BizNation.
I spent many an hour online looking for answers to my questions in the past. Bobbing in and out of government websites and getting nowhere, getting lost in the maze of the bewildering platforms.
BizNation currently has a building stream of traffic, ok, and over time it will gain great momentum and become a great hub of information with the help of the growing community.
Have you ever been in the shopping centre and you go into a store and its all yours, not a soul in there, it’s great, right? And then you turn around and 6 other people have come in.
This is what is happening with BizNation, as our community grows and word spreads, with a little clever marketing behind the scenes this is what is going to happen.
I built BizNation on a shoestring budget, mostly my time has gone into it and I know with everyone spreading the word, it’s only a matter of time before more small businesses can reap rewards here and we can unite and support each other on our business journies.
I also want to explain BizNation, although it’s all about running a small business is not a monetary item for me. I work as a consultant for businesses in all things bookkeeping and having been in my current business for over 8 years, it was time for me to give my spare time and give something back to help others who need it most.
I haven’t built this to “get rich” – this is a passion, helping others is the outcome I am looking for. And most of all I wish I have such a network for me 20 years ago.
I am also, completely 100% open to suggestions, what else do we need, what will help a small business these days, please suggest anything and let’s grow this together.
And above all else, thanks so much for reading this article, I hope you enjoyed and I look forward to making the next one 😊