Businesses are built on positive relationships.
Creating a professional network with strong connections is essential for any successful, growing business.
“Networking is not about just connecting people. It’s about connecting people with people, people with ideas, and people with opportunities.” – Michele Jennae
One of the most important features of a business owner is their ability to build a professional network. This network can help you in times of trouble, promote your business, refer you to potential clients, and build a strong connection with your community. If you don’t create this connection, you’ll have a harder time staying afloat in this digital age.
Follow the tips listed below to grow your network.
Join social media
Social media is a powerful tool that connects people from all over the world and different walks of life. If you’re not using social media, you aren’t optimizing your business to its fullest potential. Over 4.48 billion people are on social media, meaning you can reach thousands of people in your general area in an instant. What are you waiting for?
Join networking chapters
Did you know that your community most likely has a networking chapter where small businesses in the area can connect? At these networking meetings, the president and other members give tips and suggestions on how you can improve your business. You can also exchange your contact and social media information with everyone in the group. By attending just one meeting, you can grow your connection pool by more than 30 people.
Attend networking events
If there’s no networking chapter in your area, try attending in-person or virtual networking events. Similar to the meetings provided by networking chapters, in-person or virtual events give you the opportunity to grow a professional network and your business.
Ask for recommendations
Family, friends, and clients are great sources for gathering information, especially when it comes to growing your network. All you need to do is ask them to refer or recommend you to their connections. The more recommendations you get in, the more your network will grow.
Support other businesses
If you want to continue growing your business with not only clients but other services or companies, then you need to support other businesses. It’s vital for small businesses to support each other, because large corporations can easily take over the market without it. This can include suggesting other small businesses in the area to your clients or even partnering with another business to provide discounts.
Before you know it, you’ll have a blossoming professional network with strong connections to help your business continue flourishing and growing. If you’re a health and beauty professional, we want to help you. The MOBILESTYLES App is the platform for gifted health and beauty professionals and their clients. Clients browse through the app to find the perfect service providers that fit their busy schedule and then book! Get started today by downloading our app.