5 Key Benefits of Building a Professional Business NetworkOctober 12, 2020
This is a sponsored post written by me for GoDaddy. All opinions are mine alone. #OpenWeStand
Small businesses all over the country were impacted in one way or another by COVID-19. In previous posts, I partnered with GoDaddy to share tips for entrepreneurs and tips for revitalizing a business during these times. In today’s post, I’m discussing some of the benefits of building a professional network with other small business owners as we all move toward resuming a normal life.
I’ve said it before on the blog and I’ll say it again – as an entrepreneur, I have personally been a GoDaddy customer since 2011. GoDaddy has always been about supporting the small business, but now their #OpenWeStand is taking things a step further. It’s a movement that offers valuable tools & resources for entrepreneurs all over the country. Whether you’re looking to build connections with other small business owners or you’re looking to find creative solutions to keep your business open, GoDaddy can help you navigate these unchartered waters.
For GoDaddy, the everyday business owner is the backbone of their community. I do try to shop local businesses whenever possible. For example, there’s a hardware store in my town that’s owned by a local family. I always go there first to see if I can find whatever supplies I need for my DIY projects. When it comes to dining, I almost always prefer the local family-owned restaurants in my area. The food tastes great, the service is amazing and the prices are affordable. This morning, I picked up this Strawberry Lemonade from a local mom-and-pop shop in town and it’s absolutely delicious!
Are you a small business owner and interested in building a professional network for yourself? Here are some of the benefits of doing so.
1. Sharing Knowledge
Your professional network can be an amazing source of new ideas to help you navigate these uncertain times. It’s always beneficial to exchange information on challenges and experiences. Doing so might let you discover an innovative solution to an issue you’ve long struggled with.
2. Building Connections
By regularly engaging with your network, you are not only gaining information; you are also building professional relationships. It’s an important part of building a balanced professional life. Some of these professional relationships may even develop into true friendships that last a lifetime.
3. Access Opportunities
When you touch base with a wide variety of people in your industry (or even other related industries) on a regular basis, you gain access to opportunities that may have otherwise been unavailable to you. For example, you can potentially learn about job openings before the official job listing is even published online.
4. Building Confidence
Personally, networking does not come easy to me. My personality is definitely on the more reserved side so I really have to force myself to reach out to others. However, when I do network, I always feel great about myself. It’s an amazing feeling to step outside of one’s comfort zone and build important social skills.
5. Feeling Satisfied from Helping Others
With any professional network, it’s not only about taking – it’s also about giving: giving business tips, advice and guidance based on your own personal experiences. There’s something really amazing about being able to help someone else who’s struggling to navigate a business issue that you’ve already overcome.
Don’t forget to check out GoDaddy’s #OpenWeStand movement for tips, guidance and inspiration on the management & reopening of your small business. One of my favorite features is the chat forum on Linkedin, where you can ask business questions & receive insightful advice from other entrepreneurs. Cheers to refreshing drinks & a bright future!
Visit GoDaddy’s #OpenWeStand community for resources & inspiration today. How have you managed your business over the last several months? Do you have a professional network of like-minded business owners?