Take Five: Surviving Divorce, Updating Resume, A New Way To Pay

“Most women are one man away from welfare.”– Gloria Steinem.  It may not be welfare, but the truth is that divorce can create a financial breakdown for many women. Mary Pilon has a great article in the Wall Street Journal about how to minimize the financial burden when a couple divorces.

Need to be more productive? Use a kitchen timer and read this post by Jen Dziura.

Upgrade your Resume is 10 easy steps. The blog, Dumb Little Man, has some good advice.

Last year, I bought my boyfriend a Mophie case for his iPhone and he loves it. Now  I hear that Intuit and Mophie have teamed on a credit card-swiping iPhone accessory called Complete Credit Card Solution that will allow any approved iPhone owner to walk out of an Apple store in as little as 15 minutes with the ability to accept credit card payments.

BTW, I am attending Finovate Fall here in New York City October 4 and 5th.

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Back From SXSW And Ready For More Conferences

I remember back when I read Keith Ferrazi’s book, Never Eat Alone, that conferences are a good way to build relationships.  The sessions may be good information, but the truth is the friends are made during the coffee breaks, the happy hour and lunch.  This is when people actually talk to each other and make deals.

I just got back from SXSW, and I am already collaborating on two projects.

I am going to more conferences this spring and summer.

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Win A Free Pass To The Fifth Annual Small Business Summit In New York City

 

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It’s that time again! Time for the 5th annual Small Business Summit which will take place on March 16, 2010 in New York City. How would you like to attend this event?

Even better yet, how would you like to attend this event for FREE?

The good news is that we have a total of 10 complimentary admission tickets up for grabs. We will randomly choose 10 lucky winners who will each receive 1 (one) free pass worth up to $149.

All you have to do is visit the Small Business Trends giveaway page and enter.

Entry submissions will be taken up until Midnight, PST (Los Angeles time) Sunday, February 28, 2010. The 10 winners will be chosen in a random drawing and subsequently contacted via email.

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How To Deal With Work Post-Conference

I just got back from three days in San Francisco for FoodBuzz Festival, and I am overwhelmed with work, follow-up, deadlines, projects, etc.  Lucky for me, I read Marci Alboher’s post which gives some great tips to ease you back into real life.

1. Try to have a light schedule on your first day back.

2. Do something with the stack of business cards.

3. Review your notes before too much time passes or else they won’t make any sense.

4. Ask yourself if there is anything you want to change about the way you work as a result of the conference.

5. Follow up with people.

6. Consider blogging about the conference.

How To Work A Conference Before It Starts

I am attending two conferences next month and I want to make the most of them. Marci Alboher gives some great tips on how to “pre-game” for a conference.

 

 

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Spend some time online. Visit the conference’s website and start studying the speaker list. If
the conference is using a social networking tool like Crowdvine to encourage
people to meet one another, take the time to fill out your profile
and see who else is attending. Find out the conference’s
Twitter hashtag
and start checking  Twitter to see if anyone is talking about it. If you’re active on LinkedIn or Facebook, mention that you’re going to the conference in your status update.

Email people in advance. Once you discover whom you want to meet or friends you want to meet up with, email
them to see if you can set up some for a coffee meeting.

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My advice: Make sure you have plenty of business cards and/or a Poken to connect with people once you are there at the conference.

Finovate Pre-Conference Cocktail Party

Tonight I mixed and mingled with many of the attendees and presenters of Finovate 2009. Finovate is like TechCrunch 50 for banking and investing and finance-related start-ups. I will be at the conference tomorrow for most of the day except for the hours I will be doing bookkeeping.

It was good to see Jon and Michael from SmartyPig as well as Murali from Billeo. We were on a panel at SXSWi back in March.

I met these cool guys:
Christophe, founder of Visible-Banking.com.
Mark Clare, from New Zealand and Value Cruncher.
Dan Rosen of Highland Partners
James Hyde of iPay
Yoni Assia of eToro
Felix Brandon Lloyd of Skill-Life
Vaibhav Puranik of Opera Solutions

Many of the people I spoke with have created online applications and or websites that make managing personal finance, investing and banking easier and more transparent.

Related: WSJ’s Mary Pilon (pronounced like Milan) has a preview of  companies presenting at Finovate.

Finovate Cocktail Party

Tonight I mixed and migled with many of the attendees and presenters of Finovate 2009. Finovate is like TechCrunch 50 for banking and investing and finance-related start-ups. I will be at the conference tomorrow for most of the day except for the hours I will be doing bookkeeping.

It was good to see Jon and Michael from SmartyPig as well as Murali from Billeo. We were on a panel at SXSWi back in March.

I met these cool guys:
Christophe, founder of Visible-Banking.com.
Mark Clare, from New Zealand and Value Cruncher.
Dan Rosen of Highland Partners
James Hyde of iPay
Yoni Assia of eToro
Felix Brandon Lloyd of Skill-Life
Vaibhav Puranik of Opera Solutions

Many of the people I spoke with have created applications or websites that make managing personal finance, investing, banking easier and more transparent.