These people are important to your business in more ways than one. If you hired them or they bought your product or service, you can also gain their business knowledge, experience, ideas, and advice. How do you do this? Stay Connected!
Network! Networking is when two or more different businesses stay in contact on a regular basis to build and improve each other’s business.
Consider all the benefits you’ll gain from talking to other business people:
Knowledge or information that you didn’t have before
Advice on how to solve a current business problem
Leads to a new business project or opportunity
Joint ventures and cross promotion deals
Learn important skills that you didn’t have before
Constructive criticism that improved your business
Brainstorming that sparks a profitable business idea
Encouraging and motivational statements
There are many ways to meet business people. Join business clubs and associations. Participate in on-line business-related forums, e-mail discussion groups, and chat rooms. Make it a point to get out and go to business expos and trade shows.
Don’t be afraid to use your creativity to come up with even more innovative ideas.
If you have the time, start your own networking group. You could hold meetings at a local seminar room, at a parkFree Articles, or at your own business building. If you want to hold meetings on-line use a private chat room.