Just wanted to share with you a task I've recently taken up. Now that I'm starting my own business, I find myself much more interested in reading the Business section of our local newspaper. From there I've found several items that I think will be or are helpful to me.
Last week there was an article about a new startup marketing company that mostly works to promote business on line. I searched for their website and found that they had a section of free downloaded marketing articles. One, which I found particularly interesting (since I'm a researcher at heart) was of statistics which showed people habits for opening and reading email. Apparently, a large majority of people with either open new emails on Mondays or Wednesdays. I haven't read the entire report yet, but am hoping to get to it soon. You can find some free email marketing guides here: eRoi
You do have to give them your name and email prior to getting access. (And they have sent me a follow-up email stating they saw I was in their "resource" center and was there anything else they could help me with. I just want others to be aware of that beforehand.)
Also, from reading the Business section, I learned the name of the local entrepreneurs network and subsequently found their website online.
I'm sure others do this as well, but since I'm just entering the VA arena, I thought I'd share this idea with others.