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Networking While Building Your Business
One thing all businesses need is people. No matter how good the service or product. Sometimes it is not what we say, it is our delivery to potential customers or clients that makes all the difference. Networking can be in-person or virtual or both and still benefit your business.
Some may ask what are the benefits of networking with others while I build or grow my business?
Benefits of Networking
Expanding Your Network
The first benefit of networking is this helps you to get your services to people outside of your family and friends (although this is a great start). You may not know all your business needs to succeed. Whether you are starting from scratch, in the middle needing new ways to attract clients, or a bit seasoned and you want to expand. I see this as an opportunity to seek out people to give your business the advantage you are looking for. You may not be an expert on everything, but there are some people you can connect with through networking who have been doing things a bit longer and can provide assistance.
For example, your business is selling soap. You have the technical details together, but the creative side to create content is not your thing. Networking allows you to exchange your knowledge with the creator content expert, this can become a two-way street helping each other as you work together.
Meeting New People
The second benefit is meeting new people. Networking can be an amazing collaboration experience overall. Everyone’s personality style is different. If you are an introvert, this will help you break out of that shell, so your best self can shine bright. On the other hand, if you are an extrovert your social butterfly skills shine bright too.
Now some have both traits – you work it the best way you can. The more events you attend, the sharper your skills become as a businessperson and leader of the team (even if the team is just, you at the moment). You never know how a person’s skill set or expertise or product can come together down the road. For example, you can be the referral needed or vice versa.
This brings me to the third benefit of supporting other businesses. You may not need the services offered but you know someone who does. The business could be a nonprofit organization for kids, education, or for Veterans. By networking, you could be a Power Partner to that organization leading you to other nonprofit or profit organizations.
You never know what this can do for your business as you are continuing to build. With your support, you can end up connecting with new clients or customers and increase your referral status.
Building Your Tribe
The fourth benefit is building your tribe – your brand – while bringing in new clients or customers and referrals. The mindset to win and fill the need your business offers closes the void. Nobody does it like you, no matter what your business is.
Having the mindset for growth in each stage is a building block. I believe we all have a purpose on this earth. At the end of the day, you have to decide: will you be the go-to person because of your expertise or be stagnant because you are not comfortable networking with others?
Looking over the benefits there are various ways networking can help build your business whether in-person or virtually. All businesses move at different speeds to grow and expand. You need to find out what is the most efficient and effective way this will support your business. And remember as you evolve, so will your business.
About the Author
Name: Evelyn E. Garland
Professional Title: Author/Writer
Bio: Evelyn G. is a Veteran, child of God, poet, entrepreneur, Published Author, and lover of technology, to name a few. However, writing is something she has always enjoyed. Writing is one way to connect with people to help bring their vision to life. She enjoys empowering people to find their passion, then guiding them to pursue it with balance!
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