Month: January 2020

Home Business Networking Hacks

Home business networking hacks, why did I decide to write about it?

Do you believe that networking is only used when looking for a new career? You will be surprised to know that this is far from the truth. When trying to find a way out of the rat race, Networking is a great opportunity that is rarely considered.

Having the idea to work from home and make it your career is so awesome. Getting to know the people around you in your niche is the key to making it.

I would like to give you the 7 tips I discovered over my 10 years from working from home. Just to help you get started.

How to Network

You can read many things online about how to network and to find another job. There are so many books and blogs on how to connect with people.

There can give you an idea about a job you may not have even thought of. Have you thought about the people who do not want to work?

No. I not talking about people who have no ambition and are what society would call lazy.

I am talking about the unemployable, the entrepreneur.

The guy in the cafe, with so much time on his hands with his coffee and laptop.

If you want to become an entrepreneur, but you are still working a 9 to 5. If you really want to move on, networking can still work for you.

Here is what I will call, my 7 strategy Home Business Networking Hacks.

This will help jumpstart your new work at home career.

Home Business Networking Hacks 1.

This is going to blow your mind… Create your own Board of Directors. Apple, Facebook, Tesla don’t have to be the only businesses to a team of Board of Directors. You don’t have to be a multi-million-Pound company to have them.

If you are running a business from home, it is great to have a group of people to mastermind with. To be able to get great advice from.

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They can often see things in you that you don’t know you have. For me was writing, I always thought that I was really bad at writing and spelling. I thought I would not be able to do something like this blog you are reading right now.

But people in my close network told me that this was a skill they saw in me. So I gave it a try.

They see things in you that you may have overlooked. Skills and talents you have taken for granted or did not even recognize.

Six Degrees of Separation

Now you have got an idea of what you would like to do for you home your business. Now it is time to use what people call the six degrees of separation.

Six Degrees of Separation? You ask (well some of you may). It is a principle that says everybody on the planet is connected to another person on the earth.

A connection of acquaintances, which is no more than five relationships apart.

Home Business Networking Hacks 2. Join Groups

Home Business Networking Hacks that’s all about joining groups.

Join Facebook groups of entrepreneurs, follow entrepreneurs on Instagram and DM them. Entrepreneurs and other successful people like to connect and build relations to build their network.

Find people in the career you are wanting to build at home, ones with the same interest as you.

There are not your competition, look for a way you may be able to help them in some way.

Search on Google

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Just do a Google search for people in your niche. Find groups, also on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin. There are so many ways to find the right group of people you can connect and network with.

When I thought about this Home Business Networking Hacks, I realised that forgot to mention TikTok. Jump in on it now while it is still growing.

Before you start searching, please find out what you want to do. There is the quote by Basil S. Walsh, “If you don’t know where you are going, how can you expect to get there?”

Work out what you going to achieve in a very detailed and specific way. Did you hear what I said, going to achieve? I know this from experience, life is going to give you exactly what you expect from it.

You should start with what is the end goal of your business.

The time as come for you to start dreaming big. See what your life will be like when your home business is successful. Don’t stress about how, just set goals, buy asking some key question. For example:      

A. If I wasn’t going to be paid, what would I like to be doing?

B. Do I want to work every day of the week or part-time?

C. What kind of working from home business model do I like?

D. Where is my ideal location to run my business and live?

E. What am I good at and what do I actually like to do?

Determine what you have to make happen to leave your job. How much you need do and time to put into your business to leave your job?

What is your ideal financial freedom wage? 

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Your financial freedom wage is the money you want to be making. What you need to have to come in each month to cover all of your cost and expenses.

You will want to know this because when you are looking at your work from home-based business income opportunities, you will need to choose the one that has the profit potential you want to have.

If your financial freedom number is £4000.00 per month you don’t want to choose a home-based business that does not meet the potential to net that on a passive basis.

Once you start networking and meeting new people you can research any business opportunities that you find, from a totally unemotional point of view because you are absolutely clear about your goals.

Home Business Networking Hacks number 3

Remember

This is very important. It is better to give than receive.

Most importantly, this is one of the biggest problems I see when people are networking. Mainly because people go in it with a what’s in it for me attitude before they give. Always look for a way to be of service to the people that you meet first.

It’s the Gary Vaynerchuk Jab, Jab, Jab, Right hook approach. There is a universal law of reciprocation. You will therefore always get back more than you give. As you get to know and meet new people, think about how you can help to enrich their life or help them towards their goals.

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If you read a blog or see a video on YouTube that you think might be of help, then send it to them. If you have a genuine interest in others success, you will be rewarded through your giving.

Some people call it karma and others say you reap what you sow. In my experience, I have been rewarded more than I could have every imagined whenever I give.

So look for ways to contribute. You may be able to do this in a variety of ways:

a. Offer to do Volunteer work in some way for them.

b. Introduce them to other people in your network you think may be able to help them.

c. Send Youtube videos or blog (like this one) that might be of some interest to them     

Maybe send them this Home Business Networking Hacks blog to help to increase their business.

4. Learn how to collaborate. This is one of the fastest ways to get out of your day job, start a new business or just make some money. 

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Collaborating with someone or a business is a way to take either yourself or two other people who can profit from working together, but do not have a relationship. You will profit from making the connection. 

For example, you know a veterinarian has a large practice with a list of over 700 clients. You also have a relationship with a new pet groomer in the city who is trying to increase his business. You put the two together and every time the pet groomer gets a new client due to you putting together this deal, you get paid. 

Very similar to a drop services business model, but that’s a whole different blog coming soon.

Home Business Networking Hacks 5. 

A networking plan is a great place to start. People will spend so much time and effort trying to find a job. I am always shocked when I see what people do when they want to leave the rat race behind. They seem to not care one bit about planning their way out of their 9 to 5 J.O.B.

A written plan will make you much more effective. You plan does not need to a drawn-out piece of literature. K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid) as we use to say in the Army :

a. What goal do I want to achieve?

b. Who in particular do I want to meet?

c. Are there any events I should be focused on?

d. How many times should I be networking?

Home Business Networking Hacks 6.

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If possible (time of writing this we are all in Quarantine due to COVID-19 Pemdemic, so we can’t do any of that) attend seminars and boot camp events.

Getting specialized knowledge is one of the best ways to becoming successful in a home-based business.

It is very nice to surround yourself with like-minded people as well learn a ton from these experts.

Keep this in mind, if you really want to make these educational experiences worthwhile please try and do these three things:

A. Meet three People

Introduce yourself to at least 3 people and get their Linkedin, Instagram or even exchange cards ( I don’t actually have any of those any more). Start the conversation asking them why are they there, do they have any expectations and what they hope to get out of the event. Exchange numbers and ask, “What is the single most important thing they feel will help make their business successful?”

When you ask this person this question you will genuinely get to know more about them and you may be able to find a way to help them. In addition, out of respect, they will want to know more about you and this how a new relationship may be formed.

B. Connections

If you have a connection with someone at whichever event you are attending, invite them to lunch, tell them the knowledge you have gained so far and will implement from the event. Speaking your goals out loud that will make it rea, there is something in that I have learnt.

If you immediately take action every time you learn something new, your results will grow exponentially.

C. Introductions.

Try if you can introduce yourself to the speaker. This can be very difficult if the event is large.

If there is some kind of book signing, purchase their book because while they are signing it, you can ask one question.

My question would be, “What was the single most important skill you believe contributed to your success?”  You may like my question or you can come up with your own. The whole point is you have created great opportunities to network. Learn from others who is a master at their craft.

Home Business Networking Hacks 7.

When you go to a business event, try and have a goal for every networking opportunity. Simply going to an event and start “working the room” almost never yields any measurable results.

Before you attend any event know what you want to get out of it in advance. Have you got certain types of people you would like to meet? How will you be making your introduction?

Plan it in before you go and enlist support from someone who is there to help you execute if needed.

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most importantly, if you want to meet a particular person asks the host of the networking event (if it is a small one, if they know the person and if they would be willing to introduce you. Your chances of success are almost guaranteed due to the nature of the event. 

Networking is very much an overlooked opportunity to find your way out of the 9 to 5. If you want to look for a work at home career, connections can be the best way to grow fast.

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