5 Reasons to join a local business networking group

Business networking helps you get new clients and build business contacts.
Business Networking is a way to expand your knowledge, learn from others, acquire new clients and tell others about what your business does. Here are the top 5 benefits for business owners:

Referrals and Boosting Business.
This is the most obvious benefit and the main reason most business owners join networking groups. The referrals you get through networking meetings are usually of high quality. You can easily follow up on these leads and turn them into clients. Leads you obtain from personal networking tend to beat those from most other forms of marketing, hands down.

New Opportunities.
Lots of opportunities come from networking, such as new leads, partnerships, speaking opportunities and new friendships. The tricky part can be to decide which ones to take up and which ones to pass by!

New Connections.
They always say it’s not what you know, but who you know, and although it’s a hackneyed phrase it really is true. You need a good set of connections to get things done in business, and when you attend a networking meeting regularly, a lot of those introductions are already made for you. You may even be able to open doors to some influential people that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to identify.

Guidance.
Networking is a way you can tap into areas of expertise that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to. There will be people at your networking meeting from all kinds of backgrounds, many of whom will have been through the stage your business is at now. Why not ask them for advice?

Raising your profile.
Getting noticed is one of the main benefits of regular attendance at networking meetings. You can build a reputation as someone who is knowledgeable, reliable and supportive by offering useful information to others. You will get more leads and referrals as you pop into peoples’ heads when they think of your niche.

How to join a business networking group
Most groups will expect you to attend first as a guest or visitor before you will be allowed to join. Don’t be nervous: find out where your local networking group meets and pop in on one of their open sessions to find out how business networking can help you. Get more information about my own networking group’s open days by clicking here

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Steve Elliott

Owner | Proprietor at ThriftySites
Getting to know about you and your business is an integral part of any successful project – and you’re part of that process. No two firms are the same and frankly, the person who knows best about your business is you. That’s why we work in partnership with clients. We want you to be successful online and we need you to tell your friends and business contacts how great the experience has been for you. Because that’s how we get 90% of new clients, by word of mouth and referral.

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