Thursday, November 3, 2011

Networking with Other Businesses!

    Networking for your business can be an intimidating concept, but it's absolutely essential if you plan on working your business like a business. You want to network not only for customers and team members but also for business friends! So, I want to take a minute to talk about networking with other direct sellers.
    Some people are hesitant to network with "competitors" but keep in mind that if you're working your business with integrity, and treating your customers and team like gold, there is no competition to worry about. Meeting and befriending (and no I don't just mean on Facebook) other direct sellers can lead to more customers, more ideas, and great friendships. You can help each other out and boost the image of the direct selling industry, which pays off for all of us.
   One way to get started on your networking is to do a party swap. This is an idea my friend Kathy brought to me and it has paid off big time! Find a businesswoman doing business in a company that's products are not at all related to yours and ask her if she is willing to do a party swap with you. When she says yes treat it like a normal booking on your calendar and you get to be a hostess for her also. You will meet her friends and customers and she will meet yours. The best part is that its fun and you can make some great friends in the process.
   So get a party going and get to know some of your colleagues! 

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