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Back To Basics – The Ins and Outs of Networking

25 August 2008, by A. Cedilla

It’s impossible to be in any sort of business today –virtual or otherwise– without having heard the term ‘networking’. Seen as the heart of business (after all, you can’t conduct a business all by your lonesome), it’s said that you either know how to network or you don’t. And if you don’t know how, you shouldn’t even try attempt it.

Ha!

Firstly, networking is essential to any business – whether on-line or off-line. The business you get from personal referrals can be some of the best business you ever do — with excellent work you get satisfied customers that can act as walking, talking billboards for you, promoting your service to their friends and acquaintances, who then would probably be convinced to hire you before they even get to know you personally.

And it’s not just for, say, lawyers and accountants; for example – when you find a leaky pipe in the basement, how do you pick a plumber to come in and fix it? Will it be someone you had heard good things about before? Maybe you don”t know anyone, so you call a friend and ask if they know anyone who does good work and charges fair prices? Bam! Joe Plumber just got the business of fixing your pipes through networking.
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Back To Basics – Networking To Online Success

23 August 2008, by A. Cedilla

Forums, groups, and boards:  they’re all online locations — virtual meeting places and hang-outs — that enable online networking and interaction.

 

Some are entirely public, where everyone and anyone can click to the URL, read the messages and if they have no interest in contributing, they can just lurk.

 

Some require active participation and others require registration before members can participate. These online meeting places are different from paid membership sites in that there is no cost to network at these websites.

 

Some are active, some are sleepy. Some are strictly for business related topics; some allow more OT (Off Topics) and social interaction. There are forums for every imaginable topic: ˜Mompreneurs”, Non-stationary Cadaver Suppression Groups, De-clutterization Specialists, Writers, Gun Enthusiasts, Long Hair Enthusiasts and Virtual Assistants, which barely scratches the surface of what’s available on the Net.

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