You Can be Shy and Still Network Your Business Successfully

Some people are scared of the networking process. Talk to them about speaking to strangers and they are panicking!

If you are naturally shy and the idea of going to a business function, shaking hands with strangers and making small talk makes you sweat and scared, it’s okay! Here is a news flash! You don’t have to go to an actual business event to network. There are opportunities to meet new people in everyday situations that you can utilize. Heck, you are probably already networking and don’t even realize it. But check out the following tips to help you network, even if you are shy.

Friends and Family
Many of you tends to hesitate to go to friends and family when you need help with your business. But these are the people that are rooting for you and probably would love to help you succeed. Ask your friends and family to spread the word about your business and the services you offer. Let them know you are not expecting them to buy anything from you; just put in a good word about your business to others. In return, treat them to something special from your inventory or a discount if you can.

You may talk to you neighbors casually from time to time or maybe your best friends. Talking to your neighbors about your business is an excellent outlet or networking and marketing. They may know someone who is looking for your services and in a small town or neighborhood, word of mouth is an excellent way to recommend others.

People You Know Because of Your Children
If you have children, This is the perfect networking opportunity. If you have an infant, you may want to consider joining an exercise group for new mothers. If your child is a bit older, you probably find yourself at the park several times a week. And if your child is in school, you are surrounded by other parents on a daily basis.

as you get to know other parents, take the time to get to know them and let them also know about your services. You can trade resources and offer to tell others you know about their business and they can do the same for you. The next time these parents need someone who offers the type of services you offer, they will think of you.

Volunteer Groups
Volunteering will make you feel good, and it can also help grow your business. You will be meeting lots of people that have a common interest and they will be interested in you and what you do for a living.

Sharing with others about your business does not have to be hard or scary. Networking is all about sharing common resources and cross promoting each other. If you care enough about others and their business, they will do the same for you. No Shyness involved!

How to Stay Focused On Your Business Everyday

How to Stay Focused On Your Business Everyday

One of the most important things for a Work At Home Business it that we HAVE to work our business everyday to stay focused. What happens if we do not do that? Well, we would not have any income coming in. I, for one, would have a problem with that… I mean the whole reason I work at home is to have income. So what can we do everyday to keep our business in the forefront without it running our lives??

Depending on the type of business that you have is going to determine if some of these are workable for you, but in general purposes, everyone should be able to do these things.

Make customer service calls. What does that mean? Stay in touch with your customers. Call someone to check and see if they are enjoying X product they bought from you. If it is makeup, make sure it is working properly, if they like the results. If it is home décor, see if they have used the product yet. Are they enjoying it? Have they gotten complements on the results? Maybe these complements are referrals that your customer can make to you. Offer a small discount for referrals.

Send your Thank You notes. Send out Birthday cards, if you keep track of your customer’s b-days. How about Thinking of You cards to those you haven’t heard from in a while? Offer a small discount on their next order. This may get an order for you.

Send out flyers for a special sale or Open House. Are you doing a booth at a local craft show or festival? Here is another reason to send out a quick flyer. Again, offer them a little discount or free gift if they mention the ad and then show up at the function.

Get on the phone to past hostesses and book parties, shows or whatever your business. Make yourself make 2-3 calls per day. Put it on the calendar.

Go in the internet and research your industry. Find articles that you can learn from.

Go to sales seminars, read sales books and how to books.

Get all of the training that you can from your company. If they run out or you have taken it all, find other sources.

Get on the internet and take advantage of all the free advertising avenues out there. Join groups and free WAHM sites. The more you get your name out there, the better your sales will increase.

Join Twitter or Facebook and learn to network your business. Look for message boards that are in your niche and network on those.

Work on your calendar. Log everything like we talked about before. You need to do this everyday. If you log it, you need to do it.

Join local groups where you can network. Again, getting your name out there is crucial for name recognition.

Doing these types of things for even a few minutes a day will keep you in the Work At Home mode. It is easy to say, “Oh, I am just going to take today off. Oh and maybe tomorrow too.” Before you know it, you have taken off more time that you have been working and what has that done for your sales? NOTHING! You have to stay in a working frame of mind to be successful.

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Chris Carroll is a sales professional that has made direct sales her business of choice and enjoys sharing with others. You can sign up for tips on managing and increasing your business at her site DirectSalesTalk. You can also find her at her business site ShopOnYourSeat If you would like to use this article for your newsletters or website, all links must be live and clickable.

Blogger Networking

My friend Tara at Ramblings turned me on to a neat blogger networking site called Entrecard. The way it works is to visit other entrecard bloggers found on their site and “Drop” your card, meaning it shows that you visited them. Based on the business card idea, you earn credits as you drop your cards that you can build up to buy advertising on other sites.

It has been pretty cool so far. I have had some traffic from it and will see what it does for this site in the long run.