A small business owner does not have to go it alone in the day of modern technology and the internet. You’ve heard of blogging, social networking and memberships with other small business owners. These are great ways to network with others who may even be in your same industry or field. You can share knowledge and gain information that will help your new business to thrive. However, there are tips that can help you when you use these methods to network with others and we’ve shared some below:
When blogging, you may want to start out with a knowledge base, to share free knowledge with others. This is important, as you don’t want to be seen as someone who is just tapping others for their intellectual property, but one who shares it as well. You may locate other bloggers who are in your same field or an industry you’re trying to break into. If this is the case, you should contact the blog owner and ask if they are looking for guest bloggers. This will help to get your name out there with others and you can establish yourself as an expert in your field.
If you’re interested in social networking a great tip is to get advice from someone who seems to be doing well there when it comes to their own business. This would
not be someone who just spams people with information regarding their business and who may very well be irritating to other business owners. However this would be someone who has proven results by networking socially with others. Ask if you can pay for an hour of consulting with such a person and/or if they have free webinars or seminars you can attend. The knowledge you can gain from such a person can be invaluable. This is especially true, as many social networking sites are free of charge or very inexpensive.
If you’re a small business owner there are a lot of legitimate memberships you can pay for that will pay off. If you’re a women or minority there are memberships that can be of support to you, when dealing with problems that may be very specific to you. The best tip here is to do your research and don’t just become a member of say “the small business association” because you’re a small business owner. Check to see if there are others in the organization that you would get along well with. Make sure there are seminars to share knowledge and gain insight into succeeding. This is very important in memberships as you will pay to be a part of the organization.