In my previous posts I talked a lot about the functionalities of LinkedIn, how to set it up, which other social networking sites to use besides LinkedIn and how to integrate it with your Outlook.

What will you do when it’s time to put in some work in at your computer and it is a beautiful day outside? You know the kind of day I mean. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, it’s not too hot and not too cold…and it’s just the perfect day to get outside and do a little work in the garden or whatever other activity you love to do. Will you be tempted to slip on your gardening clothes and leave you business for another time?

Think of a personal page and a Fan Page on Facebook. LinkedIn offers that same opportunity! Just like your personal page separates you from your business on Facebook, a company profile will do the same. What does a Follow company profile contain? It will include information about your company, what services you perform, your experience/time in grade so to speak of how long you have been perfecting your expertise as well as contact info.

Restrictions of having a business profile include the requirement to keep off any distracting features. Therefore, options like friending other people and allowing them to friend you back are not present. Thus, you can’t chat with people online, comment on other statuses or connect with others in the way most social networks allow you to do. The purpose of the business profile is to limit your use to administrating a company page, and that’s about it.

If that is you – if you’re ready to use this ‘downtime’ to improve your business competitiveness, offer better value and sharpen your focus on your market then read these 5 Business tips…

This works for me most of the time. As you know, we collect so much information on our computers; we need to find a system that works for us. Fortunately, most browsers allow us to save links and web pages and categorize them. This is a great help.

Do you have a simplified business plan? The thought of writing a business plan is intimidating to most aspiring entrepreneurs. However, it is possible to write a one-page plan that tells the what, who, how and where of your business. You should keep it simple. You can add details as you go. Just get it started.

Photos. Create an inviting presence by posting candid photos. Friends want to look through the window of Facebook at your life. Remember the importance of photos to the Facebook community, and update regularly.