Any business takes time to grow. I am glad to report that Windermere Sun is growing steadily (so far it’s reached readers in 81 countries with 1659 users, 7951 pageviews). (Sun Is The Future at www.sunisthefuture.net has been around longer and has reached readers in 186 countries, 37,784 users, 87,528 pageviews). My positive review of Windermere may have helped to contribute to the hiking real estate value here in Windermere (chuckle). Since the inception of Sun Is The Future, the growth of solar industry has been exponential. So I am glad to see that my time in both of these publications have not been wasted.
I’ve been trying to explain to small local business owners the importance of collaborations…the same type of practice among many multinational companies. For example, you may promise to give 5 or 10% of your net per job to the cake maker or videographer if/when he/she is bringing you a job lead and this should be reciprocated by him/her. This would help to dramatically multiply the number of jobs that will land in all of your laps. Collaboration is the key to saving time and money for promotion. Collaboration is the key to multiplying one’s business and become successful.
It is also important to have written contract for any job you’ve been contracted to do. Requirement of a contract simply represents that there is a meeting of the minds. It does not mean that one party does not trust another. It simply helps to clarify things for every one involved and insures that the service or product provider will get paid. Years ago I’ve known a local rock band whose band leader thought they were verbally contracted to perform in a local bar by the bar owner on a certain day. When all the band members showed up on that day at the bar, the bar owner was surprised because he thought he said that one of these days it’ll be nice to have the band perform at the bar. There was no meeting of the minds regarding specific time, date, or amount of payment by both parties. This mis-communication would have been short-circuited by a clearly written contract. I’ve seen contract written on dinner napkin or even some one’s t-shirt (doesn’t always require the presence of an attorney). If you have a written contract, including all necessary components of a contract (who is the purchaser; who is the service/product provider; what, where, and when is the service or product being provided; and specifying the penalty charge for any delay of payment (for example: certain $ amount per day of delay), you are far more likely to be paid on time.
We are living in such a collaborative world that there is actually an online contract-assembly platform, napkincontracts.com(<–be sure to click) that allows entrepreneurs to create, discuss, and download legal documents in minutes….all free to use. Any one can contribute to the constantly growing library of free contracts. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’ll one day be found in one of the apps. The concept of napkin contracts had been tested, circulated around, and even found its way into some of the plots of TV Series such as Suits, below:
I am a mother/wife/daughter, math professor, solar advocate, world traveler, yogi, artist, photographer, sharer of knowledge/information, and resident of Windermere, FL. I've worked professionally in applied math, engineering, medical research, and as a university math professor in IL and FL for about 20 years. My husband and I loved Disney and moved down to Central Florida initially as snowbirds. But we've come to love the warmth and friendly people offered by this community and decided to move down to Windermere, FL full time in 2006. I am now spending time sharing information/ knowledge online, promoting understanding of math and solar energy (via http://www.sunisthefuture.net ), and developing Windermere Sun (http://www.WindermereSun.com) as an online publication, sharing and promoting Community ABC's (Activities-Businesses-Collaborations) for healthier/happier/more sustainable living. In the following posts, I'll be sharing with you some of the reasons why Windermere has attracted us to become full-time residents of Central Florida region. Please feel free to leave your comments via email at "Contact Us" in the topbar above or via [email protected]
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