Let’s face it, there is so much to do when it comes to successfully building and online business that it’s good to have a network of friends and associates to draw energy from. Just being a part of a group serves to keep you on point in terms of getting things done.
It’s the law of attraction at work, surround yourself with people who share a similar ambition, and have the drive to make themselves successful and together, you all move forward as a group. It’s one of those things, when everyone is engaged the magic starts to happen.
This business is all about networking, building relationships and taking action and when you do these things continually the return on your investment in time will be quite positive.
But that’s not the extent of networking benefits, in fact that’s only the beginning. Let’s have a look at a few others.
1. Shared Knowledge
Being a part of a network and sharing ideas leads to shared knowledge. There is usually more than one way of accomplishing a goal and receiving feedback and discussing other points of view really expands your knowledge base and allows you to see things from a broader perspective.
As an individual it is unlikely that you will have the depth of knowledge and experience as that of a group, but collectively the power can be staggering.
Learning from others who have traveled the trail you are now navigating is always a huge plus for your advancement. Why not listen, learn and avoid some of the common pitfalls that most of us will experience without someone pointing the way?
Networking always results in the creation of opportunities, the thing is, you have no idea when or where they may materialize, which is why it’s important to be an action taker, ready to seize on a beneficial opportunity when it does come along.
Joint ventures, partnerships and even needs for services you provide are all possible results of networking.
People within a network of friends will have connections with many other people they have encountered in their own lives. When someone they know has a need and can benefit from products and services offered by someone within the network, that person will likely get the call.
The opposite is also true. You need a service provider and have no one that you know and trust, receiving a recommendation from within your network can be both timely and comforting.
From blog post to product launches, you have people who will assist you in the promotion of goods and services. This saves you time and removes the risk of over promoting your own content and products. There is also the benefit of additional traffic to your site and an increase in subscribers and sales.
5. The Social
Get out there and meet some folks, visit their blogs and interact with them, becoming a part of a few communities. This will enhance your flow of traffic and expand your overall online presence.
Networking has many benefits, not the least of which are the great people you will come to build relationships with. It brings a strong purpose to your business building efforts and really makes for a pleasant experience.
I personally enjoy this and have developed many great friendships. It’s always nice to have friends who have your back.
A couple points of caution:
- As you build your network of friends always think about what YOU can contribute and how you can make the online life better for others.
- Guard against spending too much time on social networking sites, find a balance and keep your most important projects in focus.
Are there other benefits of networking or methods that have served you well that you would like to share?