I attended my monthly business network meeting this Sunday, which as always left my head buzzing with ideas. We are a group of self employed women who meet every month to share our experiences, knowledge and expertise about going it alone. Our meetings are interspersed with online communication through a forum. The topic of this weekend's meeting was copyright and trademarking, including intellectual property. As the film The Social Network has just been awarded 8 Oscar nominations, intellectual property is all the rage! Some of the women had first hand experience of other people stealing content from their sites or blatantly copying their ideas or designs, so this was a good way to learn about how to protect ourselves.
At the end of each meeting, we make a list of goals we aim to achieve this month and share them around the group. The next meeting starts with a review of how we faired. I find that it's a great way to keep motivated and to celebrate how I've got on as I have a group of well-wishers on hand, who have lots of ideas and words of encouragement. Between us we know so many people and have many different areas of expertise, so this way, we can pool our resources and support one another.