Networking is the business 101. It is the act of forming business relationships where you can share ideas and seek potential partners for future business ventures. If you’re not networking, then you’re missing out on a great tool for your business that could help you become more knowledgeable, gain new clients, and spread the word about your business.
Here are nine reasons why you should be networking for your business:
1. Increased business
This is the most obvious reason why people network in their business. When you get other business leads through networking, you can believe that they are going to be high quality leads. These leads can be turned into clients.
2. Networking opens many doors
When you network, you are opening yourself up for opportunities that you wouldn’t have otherwise had. Partnerships, joint ventures, speaking engagements, increased sales, and client leads are some of the doors that will be opened to you.
Stick with the opportunities that align best with your business and its goals, though, otherwise you’ll find yourself chasing rainbows instead and not really growing your business after all.
3. Business contacts
As they say in business: it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. When you connect with other people, you open yourself and your business up to so many different resources. Not only do you get the person or company you network with, but you also get all of the people that individual or company have created a network with.
Having multiple groups of people you can rely on in your time of need is important to getting things done and getting them done right the first time.
The people you network with are likely a wealth of knowledge. You can learn so much from your network if you take advantage of it. Make sure who you speak with understands you and your goals and is looking forward to helping you achieve them, without stepping on anyone’s head while doing it.
5. Becoming known
When you network and get your face and your name out there in the industry, you become a well-known household name. After attending some business meetings, you can begin to show yourself to be an expert in your field, thereby boosting your reputation.
6. Stay positive
You want to surround yourself with positive people. Having a network of like-minded, supportive, and positive people has a tendency to rub off on you. It can only help you grow and thrive as a business owner.
7. A confidence builder
If you’re always getting out there and networking, it will eventually build your confidence. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll become an old pro at networking. The more you do something, the better you get, so don’t give up on it.
It might be surprising to see how quickly you can befriend someone who has so many business interests in common with you.
9. Helping others
Remember, you’re not the only one networking when you meet a new person. This means that you could be that expert on that one thing that no one else is, and you’ll take pride in knowing you helped grow your industry.
Networking is important for any business.
Never Eat Alone…and other secrets to success one relationship at a time by Keith Ferrazzi