I was a bit surprised when Suzi asked me to talk about my online experiences in the webinar, but who am I to say no to an opportunity to talk about my business, Facebook and Twitter? So I jumped in and shared my experiences. After the webinar finished I started thinking about how far I’ve come as an ABN member since joining more than three years ago.
When I first became an ABN member I wasn’t really sure what I needed. I knew I could do with some help building my name and assistance with business advice, as I was still running The Transcription People from home and wanted to expand, but would the ABN be able to provide that? Yes – and more, I found out once I actually got involved!
I was an inactive member for a year before a call from member liaison Stella DeZotti encouraged me to join the ABN’s MentorNet program. Taking part in the program was a huge step for me, but well worth it. I had regular, structured online sessions with my mentor and our the ABN members assigned to our pod and this gave me the confidence to put myself out there and start to attend more face-to-face events, something I used to avoid (hard to imagine, I know).
The business was at a crossroads, as it was based in our home, and I had to take the leap and expand or be happy to stay as it was. My mentor and the support of my MentorNet pod, helped me make that decision to move the business to a commercial office and I haven’t looked back since.
Since being involved in the ABN’s MentorNet program I’ve been asked to speak at ABN events and last week’s webinar and my business has been a case study on the ABN site. I have also been invited to speak at other events such as Digital Citizens and A-List Entrepreneurs and upcoming Australian Institute of Company Directors in Newcastle.
For me the ABN has been far more than a networking opportunity. Being an ABN member has introduced me to a community of inspiring and professional businesswomen who go out of their way to support each other.
And I’ve had opportunities to grow my business that I hadn’t considered when I first started working from home.
My experience with ABN continues to be enriching every successive year and I highly recommend it for new and growing businesses.