Build A Network Of Connections
Small businesses cannot survive on their own. In every business most sales is done through word of mouth or referrals from people that have established trust in the business or the owner of the business. Building a network of connections result in getting leads that may turn into customers or that my send customers to a business.
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Business community websites are filled with information that is of importance to the small business. Starting from how to start a business to the latest trends in business. Business communities are a great resource to gain knowledge about how to’s and where to’s for growing a business. Whether it be through forums or group discussions or just postings on a profile timeline, there is always something to learn gain knowledge from.
Being a part of a small business community will definitely help motivate a business owner. Entrepreneurs tend to lack motivation at times as they are responsible to do all business tasks. At times they get overwhelmed with tasks and lose motivation and at other times they may feel they have run out of ideas and lose motivation to continue. A good way to stay motivated is to find a professional business community and stay active there. Stay connected with business owners on the network, attend community networking events, stay visible by placing ads or taking up speaking engagements during events, and always offer to help. That will not only keep a business owner motivated, but it will also increase business visibility within the community.
Business leads come from knowing people. Meeting people require a community. Loos for business communities that have a virtual platform and that also run events. That way one will get to meet people and then stay connected over the internet to send leads and referrals.
One thing business owners have to remembers, in a community one has to give in order to take. Give leads and others will send you leads, give referrals to other business members and others will send you referrals.
Business community websites usually offer benefits to their members. Benefits may vary from free services to discounts and offers to access to business resources and more. Make use of these benefits! Many businesses register at business community websites and forget about their account. Its good to visit business community website often to explore new benefits added to members.
by Grace Nasralla, founder of Ontario Small Business Network (OSBN) at www.osbn.ca | firstname.lastname@example.org