- Exception when clicking Pay Now in the Print window has been fixed.
- Application user can now edit the rate of any CUSTOM item, regardless of the texts in the ITEM column.
- When adding a new credit card through Account Manager, invalid billing address warning is now displayed if a subscriber has less than 5 characters as his/her billing address.
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The “Lone Wolf” mentality may be appealing to some, but as you’ve gotten into building your WISP you’ve realized it’s not practical. There are endless decisions to be made related to the equipment, software and general operations – who better to learn from than colleagues who have been there and are willing to share?
WISP forums, such as the Facebook group, WISP Talk, are invaluable to gather information and discuss all things that are related to a WISP business from true experts. But, you may not want to share the details of expansion plans or business strategies with an open group. After all, your competitors can also be members and you don’t want to tip your hand.
That’s why building a core networking group is a great strategy. In addition to other WISP owners, enlist the help of technology, operations, field, and regulatory experts, as well as a business person who is willing to discuss the ins and outs of growing a WISP business.
“Today, probably even more than ever before, networks are a key form of social capital for achieving goals in both your professional and personal lives.” — Francesca Gino, Harvard Business School Professor
How to Build Your Network at WISPAPALOOZA
Industry conferences are a great place to build your business and network. They provide one of the best tools to pinpoint where to find potential network partners – the program agenda. Review the agenda to identify the subjects you’d like to know more about and the experts who can provide the information. After the session, hang around to talk with the expert.
It’s not always as easy as that; an expert may be swamped by attendees who have a burning issue they want to discuss. You can also strike up a conversation with another owner to see how much he knows about an issue and how much he’s willing to share.
Take advantage of WISPAPALOOZA’s “Speed Dating” session to meet individuals who may be interested in networking with you, and drop by and enjoy free pastries and coffee. You never know who you’ll meet while you’re waiting for the educational sessions to begin.
And, don’t be afraid to talk to vendors. The good ones will know that building a relationship is more important than closing a fast deal. Spend time with the vendors who are willing to share ideas that support your success.
One key tip – go to WISPAPALOOZA with your networking goal in mind. If you want to connect with someone who is an expert at routers – find one. Hang out at router vendors’ booths to see who among your WISP colleagues gets into the deepest conversations. Follow up with the ones that impress you until you find the one who’s willing to share the information you seek about routers. You’re on your way to building a technology think tank.
The fun at WISPAPALOOZA is the discovery – of new ways to do business, see new technology and meeting new pals to discuss the craziness of a WISP business. Enjoy your journey. And, while you’re at it, stop by booth 617 and share your success story.
Thank you to RawPixel from Unsplash who provided the article’s image.
- If “No Auto Reset” is selected for Auto Reset Delay in the Find field, automatic selecting of a subscriber is disabled unless the search results only returned one subscriber.
- Subscribers of Canadian ISPs who are using IPPay as their merchant can now add their credit cards via Account Manager.
- Access Point column is now added to Wireless and Wireless Hotspot Service MAC Address Report.
- Subscriber status is now updated correctly for subscribers who do have any balance forward and the overall balance is 0.00.
- Prorate function has been updated so that it includes prorate items in checking for the term end date to sync to.
- Entering a single quote in the multi-MAC Description field can now be saved in UBO.
You’ve been to industry conferences before. They’re a great place to learn about new tools and trends, expand your tech knowledge, get strategies to build your business and catch up with pals over a beer.
You go to a big conference with great intentions, but it’s easy to get caught up in the sponsored happy hours, seeing old friends and the many educational tracks. Plus, the freedom of being unchained from your radios, monitors, routers and towers can make the most serious WISP owner downright giddy. It’s not surprising that you don’t get as much done as you’d planned.
So, how do you get the most from your investment in WISPAPALOOZA 2018? The key is to balance education, networking and fun.
Tricky concept? Not really, it just takes an objective view, clear goals and a little pre-planning. Before you head to Las Vegas this October, review the concepts below to get the most from your networking, educational tracks, product research and the one thing you totally deserve — the fun.
Clear Your Schedule Before the Conference
If you’re thinking, “Impossible!” — then you must be a WISP owner. Sure, your schedule is packed because there’s a lot on your shoulders. But, if you’ve made the investment to spend the cash to attend this event, then do all you can to offload your duties for a few days so you can immerse yourself in the entire experience.
Start by preparing your staff for your absence. Reschedule appointments, make all the participants in the projects you’re involved in aware that you’ll be gone and slow to respond to emails.
In the weeks leading up to the event, give your team a clear outline of what to work on while you’re gone and tell them to be prepared with status updates on your return.
Most important of all — schedule all appointments and meetings for after the show, not during. A 10-minute check-in with a subscriber or team member can stretch into an hour or more, which takes you away from all of the business-building activity at the event.
It’s essential to take opportunities to work on your business instead of in it. WISPAPALOOZA is the perfect place to work on your business, you can work in your business when you get home.
Get Your “Hit List” Together
Review the program with your goals in mind and cherry-pick the events and social hours you want to attend. Sure, there might be a “fun” class or two that you want to attend, but, make sure you “hit” all of the opportunities that will advance your WISP and get you closer to your success goals.
While you’re putting your list of events together, peruse the classes, round tables for other owners, operators and industry experts that would be good collaborators, connections, mentees or mentors. Find a way to chat after an event session to see if you have common ground.
After the business is out of the way, head to a sponsored happy hour for some free drinks, fatty appetizers and a few laughs. You deserve it.
Next week, we’ll get into the nuts and bolts of elevating your networking time, so you can improve your ability to identify new business contacts. Don’t miss out — check out Visp’s next blog.
Special thanks to photographer "Hi I'm Nik" at Unsplash for the use photo.
- Package tax calculation has been updated so that it correctly charge a tax for a newly added hotspot package.
- For ISPs with OpenSRS email service, password validator for email service will now display invalid if the password contains the username.