Yes, I said EVERYTHING.
Whether you plan on using Foursquare or Pinterest or not, create your account. Same with Twitter, Bebo, Flickr, Friendster, Meetup, Plancast…you name it…you join it.
In fact, while you’re at it…join every professional organization you can. You don’t need to pay a membership fee, just create a profile. I suggest starting with Ladies Who Launch, Profiled and Biznik.
Be sure to fill out these profiles as completely as possible. We want to see names, photos, full bios, social network buttons, links to your blog and website, etc.
If you’re not sure where to begin, check out Namechk.com. They will allow you to enter your desired username (could be your actual name or your business name) and they’ll check the availability across 150+ social networks.
No rush, you don’t have to join them all today. Pick a few each week. Maybe sign up while you’re watching American Idol or something.
The goal here is to not just secure your personal name, but also your business name AND to get your professional expertise out there spread across the internetosphere.
And while you’re out there joining up and spreading the love, don’t forget to connect — I invite you to share a little about who you are and what you do while joining the conversation at the Success for Solopreneurs community.