Twitter Is My Office

There’s some debate going on about how and whether to use Social Media tools like Twitter for business. My seven-year-old had some insight into how I use it. One day, while peering over my laptop and seeing me posting onto Twitter, he asked: “Mom, is Twitter your office?”  My answer? “Well, um, yes it is.”

Twitter is so completely my office: I connect with my friends, colleagues, and general tweeple each time I sign on, much in the same way I used to say hello to my office mates when I arrived at work before I had kids. We exchange pleasantries and catch up on each other’s lives. We create, build and strengthen our relationships through regular contact, just like I used to do in my cubicle office.

When it’s time to get down to real work, twitter is where I go to research, learn, market myself, follow up with prospects, provide accountability for my mompreneur coaching clients who request it, and the main venue for scheduling and confirming appointments with prospects and collaborators.

Twitter is the source and the venue of all my marketing, sales, business operations. My virtual assistants and I communicate through quick tweets back and forth to keep projects moving along. I market my coaching services, programs and products through simple Twitter campaigns, and I’m fortunate enough to have an amazing group of supporters and influencers who follow me and recommend the work I do to other people I have never met. I’ve traded the board room and conference rooms of Corporate America for a virtual meeting room I can attend anytime I like, wearing what’s comfortable for me to wear.

Then, at the end of a long day, I have a glass of wine and browse around the Twitter profiles of my friends and colleagues to see what they’re up to. It’s my virtual water cooler and Happy Hour, all from the comfort of wherever I happen to be.

Wanna hear the crazy twist to all this business productivity on Twitter? I only spend about 15-30 minutes a day in my “Twitter office.” I pop in and pop out multiple times throughout the day, make quick connections, upload a few tweets to be sent in the future, and retweet some of the interesting things my friends, colleagues and clients are tweeting about. Efficiency and focus are the keys to my strategy.

How do you use Twitter for business? I’d love to see your comments below, or tweet me with your thoughts: @mombizcoach.

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Forbes Thirty Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter

Guest post by Natalie MacNeil of Forbes.com

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Thirty Women Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter

Natalie MacNeil, 11.24.09, 01:50 PM EST

These business-savvy tweeters are all excited about helping you grow your company, create buzz for your brand and stay inspired.


 
 

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Twitter has been an incredible tool for connecting with like-minded people from around the world. I am always on the lookout for women entrepreneurs and women in business to follow, connect with and learn from. The following 30 women entrepreneurs have excellent Twitter feeds to follow:

@alevit: Alexandra Levit is a best-selling business author and WSJ columnist who tweets valuable articles and advice. 4,346 followers. @Bernadeen: Bernadeen McLeod is a business coach who tweets small business tips, articles and resources. 3,116 followers.
@BrandYou
: Cindy Ratzlaff is a marketing strategist who tweets about how to create buzz for your brand. 9,419 followers.
@ClareLancaster
: Clare is an Internet marketer who shares online strategies and resources for women in business. 2,127 followers. @Entreprediva: Mirie Fraser is a life design coach who tweets inspirational quotes and insights for entrepreneurs. 11,910 followers. @JackieBiz: Jackie Burgoa is a business owner and blogger who tweets about business resources, inspiration and opinions. 7,336 followers.
@JillFoster
: Jill tweets about the power of communities, social media and other business resources. 3,382 followers.
@KairaRouda
: Kaira is an award winning author who tweets about how to build a unique and genuine brand. 4,510 followers.
@leawoodward
: Lea runs her business from places around the world and tweets about how you can make your business location independent too. 5,560 followers.
@LeilaSamoodi
: Leila is an accountant who will help you better understand the financial side of your business. 9,416 followers.
@LenaWest
: Lena is a social media strategist and writer who tweets about the impact of social media and other business tips. 761 followers.
@LindaCSmith
: Linda has an excellent feed for entrepreneurs because she constantly tweets quality resources, tutorials, tips and articles. 1,424 followers.
@ManishaThakor
: Manisha is a personal finance expert and author on women and money. Her tweets are geared toward helping you meet financial goals. 755 followers.
@MarketLikeAChik
: Coree Silvera is a marketer who shares tips and resources in social media, branding and positive marketing mindset. 21,434 followers.
@mombizcoach
: Lara Galloway helps mom entrepreneurs grow their businesses and tweets about small business tips and resources. 9,167 followers.
@NancyFClark
: Nancy is an advocate for women in business who tweets business and career resources as well as facts about women in the workplace. 2,584 followers.
@NicoleSimon
: Nicole is a sought after social media consultant in Europe who tweets about the latest social media happenings. 10,827 followers.
@NikkiPilkington
: Nikki owns an Internet marketing company and tweets about search engine optimization. 8,884 followers.
@NinaKaufman
: Nina is an award-winning business lawyer who tweets legal tips and other resources for entrepreneurs. 219 followers.
@sheconomy
: Stephanie Holland tweets about advertising, social media, branding and marketing to women. 5.988 followers.
@
ShellyKramer
: Shelly owns a marketing agency and shares branding and marketing strategies that work as well as those that don’t work. 22,466 followers.
@ShoestringGal
: Jessica Swanson is a marketer who tweets about promoting your business on a shoestring budget. 18,446 followers.
@simplicityinc
: A. Michelle Blakeley helps solo entrepreneurs develop micro business plans and tweets useful business advice. 2,082 followers.
@smallbiztrends
: Anita Campbell is an expert on small business trends and her tweets will help you be more successful as a business owner. 30,869 followers.
@SmartWoman
: Vicki Flaugher is an entrepreneur who tweets about women, business and events for women entrepreneurs. 11,084 followers.
@startupprincess
: Kelly King Anderson’s goal is to empower women entrepreneurs and she tweets about various small business topics. 14,825 followers.
@TamiMcCarthy
: Tami is CEO of TMG Brand Communications and tweets interesting articles and comments on advertising and branding. 665 followers.
@TheBizWoman
: Patricia Sutton is a U.K. entrepreneur and writer who tweets tips and tidbits for women business owners. 4,953 followers.
@TiffanieTillman
: Tiffanie is an entrepreneur who helps small-business owners outsource work to have more time to grow their businesses. 5,426 followers.
@WomenWhoTech
: Allyson Kapin champions women in the tech industry and tweets her opinions and helpful business resources. 8,137 followers.

I realize there are many more amazing women entrepreneurs on Twitter who are missing from this list, and I invite you to share some of your favorites. For more women entrepreneurs on Twitter, visit my list of women entrepreneurs. And don’t forget to follow me, @nataliemacneil, for insights on women in business, resources for entrepreneurs, and interviews with successful women.

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Twitter is My Office

There’s some debate going on about how and whether to use Social Media tools like Twitter and Facebook for business. My seven-year-old had some insight into how I use it. One day, while peering over my laptop and seeing me posting onto Twitter, he asked: “Mom, is Twitter your office?” My answer? “Well, um, yes it is.”

Picture5Twitter is so completely my office: I connect with my friends, colleagues, and general tweeple each time I sign on, much in the same way I used to say hello to my office mates when I arrived at work before I had kids. We exchange pleasantries and catch up on each other’s lives. We create, build and strengthen our relationships through regular contact, just like I used to do in my cubicle office.

When it’s time to get down to real work, twitter is where I go to research, learn, market myself, follow up with prospects, provide accountability for my mompreneur coaching clients who request it, and the main venue for scheduling and confirming appointments with prospects and collaborators.

Twitter is the source and the venue of all my marketing, sales, business operations. My virtual assistants and I communicate through quick tweets back and forth to keep projects moving along. I market my coaching services, programs and products through simple Twitter campaigns, and I’m fortunate enough to have an amazing group of supporters and influencers who follow me and recommend the work I do to other people I have never met. I’ve traded the board room and conference rooms of Corporate America for a virtual meeting room I can attend anytime I like, wearing what’s comfortable for me to wear.

Then, at the end of a long day, I have a glass of wine and browse around the Twitter profiles of my friends and colleagues to see what they’re up to. It’s my virtual water cooler and Happy Hour, all from the comfort of wherever I happen to be.

Wanna hear the crazy twist to all this business productivity on Twitter? I only spend about 15-30 minutes a day in my “Twitter office.”

How do you use Twitter for business? I’d love to see your comments below. And if you’d like some ideas about new, fun, effective ways to use Twitter and Facebook for business, tun into my free teleseminar tomorrow with Christine Gallagher of CommunicateValue.com on my BlogTalkRadio Show. Click here for call-in (as well as podcast) information.

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