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Networking On and Offline
by Marcia S Ripperger   
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Last edited: Sunday, December 02, 2007
Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2007

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As a small business owner, networking is absolutely essential to the
success of your business.

Networking On and Offline

As a small business owner, networking is absolutely essential to the
success of your business. Devoting time to networking, both on and
offline, is one of the best investments you can make in the future of
your business. Business owners are often successful not because of
what they know, but because of who they know. Building and developing
professional network will help you as you strive to develop a
profitable business. By choosing to network both on and offline, you are giving your business the chance to expand locally while participating in a global economy. Networking opens doors for your business, so take time to work it in whenever possible.

You can begin to develop your professional network offline by
attending business courses or seminars locally. If you're a writer,
look for local writers groups or workshops. Small business owners can
seek business development or discussion groups. Be prepared with your
business cards and a short 3-sentence explanation of what you do.

Remember when networking face to face that first impressions are
lasting impressions. Be prepared to make a great one with a firm
handshake and a smile. Introduce yourself and your business, and be
sure to demonstrate how a professional relationship with you could
benefit your new contact.

Online networking is similar to networking face to face. In fact, for
some people it is even easier, as there is no interpersonal contact.
Another benefit of online networking is that it can be accomplished
any time that is convenient for you. Any time of day or night, someone in the world is working or chatting about work in a forum. You can interact with other businesspeople on your schedule, instead of having to fit face-to-face meetings in at inconvenient times.

To begin forming a professional network online, find and register for
some forums related to your business. Forums are a great place to meet
contacts, get ideas, and exchange information with professionals
worldwide. They are a valuable tool for your small business. Take the time to develop relationships with other forum members. If your business is based online, forums become even more important, as you use them to find new clients, build new projects, and grow your business

Online discussion forums allow your business to participate
in a global economy, from the privacy of your home office. Only on the Internet can you sit at home in your comfortable clothes and work out a business deal with someone halfway around the globe. Networking worldwide has never been so simple. It’s easy to outsource tasks for your business as well – bidding sites allow you to find programmers, writers, and graphic designers all over the world by networking on the Internet.

Networking on and off line is crucial to the success of your small
business. Expand your list of professional contacts today by
networking in person and over discussion forums. You'll be amazed at
the doors that open for you! Devote some time to networking each week, and before you know it your contact list and your confidence will have grown immensely. Developing your small business depends on your networking skills – sharpen yours today.

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