Business Networking – Is it Worth Your Time

Business Networking

Business Networking

I am often asked why do you network for your business? Do you really get any business from it?  Is it worth your time?  I say … ABSOLUTELY!  Don’t for a moment believe that it is not worth your time.  It is SO worth it!  But how do you effectively make it work for you?  Are you socializing or trying to sell your product?

Mac Cutting Boards

Mac Cutting Boards

It doesn’t matter what business you have.  Take ours for example.  Our business is handcrafting hardwood cutting boards.  We make it from repurposing and upcycling unused scrap hardwoods.  Who wants to buy cutting boards at a business networking event, right?  You would be amazed at the answer.  These are a few questions we are often asked.  Here’s a few tips on how to effectively network for your business.

1.  Have an agenda, a goal.  Here’s an example, meet and collect 10 new business cards to follow up with them.

2.  Do not discount those you meet.  You never know if they may become a customer or may be able to refer you to a potential customer.

3.  Be intentional and sincere.  You are there to meet people.  So meet them.  Get to know them.

4.  Be consistent.  Pick 2-3 networking events you will consistently attend.  It takes time for you to get to know people and vice versa.  This is a community you are building for yourself.  it will pay off in the end.

Want more ideas?  Check out Business Blogging Network.  Great ideas.  Happy networking!

 

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