Networking 101

Networking 101

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Networking is a great way to catapult your business in a short time, if you know how to do it right. You can find customers, business partners, mentors and more. The key is how to find people and communicating with them correctly. Here are just a few tips for how to network effectively to make yourself more successful.

 

Be friendly.

If you’re at a business conference, you’re not going to able to network by being rude, or sulking in the corner like a loner. The same goes online. You need to be friendly and pleasant to everyone. Do ask about business, but that doesn’t mean forgetting to ask about their family and how things are going with them.

 

Give and take.

Nothing is more annoying that someone who shows up at a seminar or on a message board, introduces, and immediately starts hounding people for help. Sure, when you get started, you’re going to need a lot of help, but that doesn’t mean you need to ask someone to walk you through it and not do any work. And if you want someone to help you, you need to be willing to help them in return.

 

Keep it up.

Meeting people is great, but in order to be a successful networker, you need to keep the relationships going. It may be by contacting them about a business deal, or just giving them a call or sending an email to see how they’re doing. Networking is a continuing process, not a one-time thing.

 

So now that you have some great tips on networking, where do you go to get started? The easiest way to network is online. There are hundreds of ways to meet people and maintain positive working relationships from across the country or even across the world. You just have to learn how to use all the technology available to you.

 

If you can find quality websites based on the type of business you’re doing, they probably have message boards or chat rooms. This is a great way to network with a lot of people at one time that you know are interested in the same types of business as you are.

 

Social networking sites are a great way to meet people and stay in touch online. The problem with these sites is that they can also easily turn off customers and potential business partners. You need to be careful what you post on your pages and how it makes you look. If you’re serious about your business, try more business-based networks like Linkedln instead of social-based ones like MySpace.

 

Blogging is another great way to maintain online relationships without having to spend a large amount of time communicating with each person individually. Blogging is a quick and easy way to keep people updated on what’s going on with you and your business. And you can read and comment on others blogs to keep up with them.

 

While the Internet provides an unlimited number of networking possibilities, remember that face-to-face networking is still essential. This is generally done the old fashioned way, at seminars, conferences, and other face-to-face business activities.

 

After a conference, it’s a good idea to follow up with online networking. Be sure to send follow-up emails to the contacts you made, telling them how great it was to meet them. Try bringing up ideas that came up during conversations and suggesting ways to follow up on them. And be sure to add them as contacts on social networking sites.

 

Here’s to your Success!

Jerry D Ross

 

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How to Run a Web-based Business

How to Run a Web-based Business

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With the state of the economy, more and more online businesses are showing up. They have the distinct advantage of having a low overhead which is appealing to most people. But, do you have what it takes to run such a business?

 

One thing that you need to know if you are thinking about a website or web-based business is that it is still a business. While there are advantages for the entrepreneur with little start-up capital, you won’t stay in business long if the enterprise is treated like a hobby.

 

Online businesses are a great alternative to a brick and mortar establishment. You might just find that your website business grows big enough to one day be housed in an actual building. The possibilities are endless.

 

To run a website business takes a certain kind of person. You are working it alone in most cases and there are a few things to consider.

 

1. Be motivated.

Unlike in an office, there is no one to look over your shoulder and tell you to get on your computer and get to work. That is up to you. Be aware that the monster of procrastination lurks behind every corner waiting to get you occupied with everything but work.

 

2. Have a plan.

A plan is necessary to map out a path to get started. You may not end up on that same path three years down the road but you will go nowhere fast without one. Decide what type of business you want to start and where you want it to go in the future.

 

3. Be computer savvy.

For some, the computer seems like a foreign object. Surfing the net is nothing like running a website business. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of a website that you will be responsible for. You can learn as you go, but it is more cost-effective to have some computer knowledge before you start.

 

4. Have a niche.

Website businesses pop up every day. What will make your business different? Research the Internet and see what type of business is thriving. Starting out in a saturated niche can spell your doom.

 

5. Be familiar with Internet marketing.

In order for people to find you, they need to know that you exist. Internet marketing techniques are used to build a customer base and bring in sales.

 

There are also other alternatives to beginning your own business from scratch. If you have the money and the skills, you can buy out another entrepreneur looking to sell their website or web-based business. It is similar to buying a brick and mortar company. You assume the daily operations and manage the workers (if any) who will probably be freelancers.

 

A website business is an excellent idea. If you have a business plan but little starting money, you can use a website business to realize your dreams of working for yourself.

 

Here’s to your Success!

Jerry D Ross

 

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