This is a guest post by a full-time blogger, William Tha Great from GettingToThaPaper.com
Networking is a vital part of every entrepreneur’s journey to financial freedom. Whether it is online or offline, it’s one of those necessities you must master. It is a hard road to learning how to network effectively. Almost every business networks one way or the other today. Networking is just one of those tools you can’t over look if you hope to be prosperous. There are numerous benefits that come from effective networking. Below are life rewarding benefits of networking.
Benefits Of Networking
The ultimate benefit of networking in my opinion is the ability to interact with many like-minded people. I love picking people’s craniums to see what they’re about. There are many awesome people out there that think the same way you do. By networking you can absorb many new things that will aid you on your journey to financial freedom.
Along that journey you will encounter many roadblocks. Everyone has had their own problems, no matter how successful they may be now. It’s all about learning from your mistakes and having people to go to in times of desperation. Real networking gives you a hefty contact list of people you can master mind projects with. The name of the game is making connections with as many people as possible.
Through the connections I have made with various entrepreneurs, they have given me awe-inspiring advice. It’s an experience like no other having a complete conversation with another like-minded person. You have the opportunity to present different possibilities and make different doors open. Best of all the contacts you make from networking push and inspire you to prosper. With their help and believing in your abilities you can’t fail.
See, when you’re a spot-on networker you always know what’s happening in your community. You should really only be focused on your community, because they are the people who actually matter to your business. In the business world things change rapidly so it’s good to stay ahead of the fluctuating world.
I try to keep an eye out for my competition. They might know something I don’t yet, or may be something changed in my community. Anyways, you understand where I’m going with this today. If you happen to still be a little confused, what I’m saying is in the business world you must know what’s going on around you. That way you have a great chance at staying one step ahead of the competition.
Every passing season brings new trends and you want to be the trend setter, instead of the follower. The main objective should be to look like the professional in your field. Then when those changing times come around people will naturally want to follow you.
Another splendid benefit of networking is it quickly builds your authority around the community. People can see your work, and if it’s any good then they will know you mean business. When you provide quality work your business will promote itself even more on its own. It’s funny but, it seems my business does a lot of promotion on its own.
My reason for this is, yes I do the work to bring the initial traffic, but if my content is respectable they will finish with the follow up promotion (Twitter, Facebook, back linking, etc.). Extra follow up promotion will seal the deal while dramatically increasing your authority.
One of the first things I tell a person if they ask me how I plan to get know is, “I’m going to simply stay in people’s faces”. One day you might just get in front of the right people that will take you even further. You need to keep your vision light bright in that head of yours, don’t forget what you’re here for homie.
One of the tremendous benefits of networking is that it helps in branding your business. You have to stick to basic branding rules, but networking is a simple way to get your name heard. The fact is networking’s becoming increasingly popular every day. When branding your business through different social networks it is extremely important to use the same logo. The object is to make recognizing your brand as stress-free as possible.
If you have 10 different networks with a different picture on each you’re not branding your business effectively. A brand is a representation that shouldn’t be changed very often. Think of it this way, if your favorite fast food restaurant up and changed it’s logo without a warning how that would make you feel? I’m sure it would make you pissed, because you wouldn’t have been able to recognize it at first. Business is business no matter what field you’re into. Use networking to shoot your brand out in front of the world.
As a young entrepreneur I have quickly learned the importance of networking. You need to take a step back and truly figure out if you are networking correctly. The day you see the importance in networking will be the same day from there on out that you will become more popular.
In a business you are going to need all the contacts you can reach out too. The contacts you make will play a major role in your journey to financial freedom. I was told at a young age that association breeds assimilation. Meaning the people you surround yourself around have an effect on you. If they are successful, then there is a good chance you will be also.
Hey, my names William Tha Great. What are some benefits you have experienced from networking? I would like to hear your story, so come on I don’t bite! ( ;