What’s a SOHO?
SOHO stands for
“Small Office/Home Office”, one of the fastest growing categories
of business owners in the United States. While we wish we could take
credit for coining the phrase, the term has been around for awhile.
did the NE SOHO Network get started?
We (Ginny Williams
and Jay Foley) are friends and former neighbors who lost contact with
each other over the years. We ran into each other earlier in 2002 and
in the process of getting caught up, we discovered that professionally
we were on very similar paths and had started home-based businesses:
Ginny as a business and personal coach, and Jay as an independent corporate
We shared our experiences
and learnings as new business owners. We found that while we loved being
SOHOs, we both sometimes struggled to find the information and resources
to help our businesses flourish. We also didn’t know how to find
and connect with other SOHOs for support and networking.
didn’t you just join one of the other existing business or networking
The business organizations
we researched were targeted more towards traditional brick-and-mortar
businesses. We wanted a group that was made up of members like us: aspiring
entrepreneurs, new entrepreneurs, home based businesses and businesses
with fewer than 8-10 employees. We couldn’t find a group that
fit the bill, so we created the SOHO Network.
are the goals of the SOHO Network?
The goal of the
SOHO Network is to provide the resources that will help make each of
our members’ businesses successful, profitable and personally
rewarding. We also want to have fun doing it!
often do you meet?
We meet once a month
on the last Wednesday evening, from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Check our website
for our upcoming meeting agendas
do you meet?
We meet at the Nevin's
Library, Route 28, Methuen, MA.
Anyone who is a
current or aspiring small office or home office business owner is welcome
to join us. We invite you to bring your business cards and marketing
materials each time you attend. They will be displayed at the meetings,
so that others can take advantage of your products and services. We
also encourage you to offer discounts and specials to SOHO Network Members.
We’re happy to post the details of your specials on our website.
are welcome to join us and display the marketing materials for your
products and services. We do not allow recruiting members either during
the meeting or via the SOHO Network member directory. The exception
is when another member expresses interest in joining the company you
much is it to join?
The membership fee
is either $10 per meeting or $50 for a six meeting card.
are the benefits of membership?
Meet a community
of SOHO’s in a relaxed, informal environment
speakers on relevant business and life topics
skills necessary to run a successful SOHO business.
wisdom, experience and resources of fellow SOHO’s
can I learn more?
Contact either of
the SOHO Network Directors:
Jay Foley 978.
682.1978 e-mail Jay
Ginny Williams 978.
685.4447 e-mail Ginny
our website often for updates!