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Friday, September 5, 2014

The Importance of Networking!

Well, hello beauties! 
How is everyones week going by so far? Great & productive I hope!  :)

Todays post is a little different than normal but it's over a topic I am very passionate about! 

Do you have your very own business? Want to start your own business? A talent you know you're great at and want to take it to the next level? Or even a creative baker that wants to show the world your cute cupcakes? 



Todays post is dedicated to all the hardworking women out there, the independent women that know what they are good at and are confident in following their dreams! 



Promoting & networking is the most important element you can do for yourself. Once you advertise your work or products (makeup, photography, baking, creative chalkboards, painting, custom jewelry - whatever it is you're great at) you start to open more and more doors for yourself and your business. Taking pride in your talents will help you grow as a person and guide you to a road of success! 

Don't be afraid to put yourself out there, I know it sounds very cliche to say, but its the honest truth. If you truly want something to happen - you need to get your cute booty up and work for it girl! We only have ONE life to live & we never know when it can all be taken away from us. So, might as well, go out with a bang! We are all so capable of achieving so much in our life. We need to sometimes be our own #1 fan to push ourselves and remind ourselves "I can do this!" Sure you'll feel nervous & scared but once you step out of your comfort zone - you'll be surprise at the outcome you will get! Get out there - show the world what you are capable of doing! You can do it, trust me. 



I have always always always dreamt of being my own boss, make my own hours, my own rates and be able to work from home. With a lot of hard work, networking, and dedication: I now am my own boss & it is the greatest feeling in the world to work from home. 

Business Cards:
Business cards are a great way to promote your work! Keeping a large stack in your purse is always important because you never know who you will be running into or which businesses will allow you to drop some off! Having your title, website, and contact information is a must. You also want your cards to be a reflection of you, you want people to look at your cards and automatically think "they are sooo you!" 

Here is a glimpse at my newest business cards! I am sooo proud of them :) 


Being in charge of your own business is a non stop job, but if you love it, you'll have fun with it! Social Media is one of the top ways to promote your work - you see it everywhere, Facebook, Twitter, and especially IG. Updating your work on a daily basis does not only advertise your latest work but it shows you take pride in your work, which is very very important. You want the world to know you are proud of your hard work, and future clients will take in mind the energy and time you put into your projects. Building your clientele is essential to your business, once one person hires you, the domino effect takes place and leads you to success! How will people recognize your work? Promoting & networking! The #1 way to build your business. Don't stop putting yourself out there because you never know who is watching! Take pride in your passion & don't ever give up on your dreams!





Here are a few extra tips I found online to help any future entrepreneurs out there~




Keep in mind that networking is about being genuine and authentic, building trust and relationships, and seeing how you can help others.
Ask yourself what your goals are in participating in networking meetings so that you will pick groups that will help you get what youare looking for. Some meetings are based more on learning, making contacts, and/or volunteering rather than on strictly making business connections.
Visit as many groups as possible that spark your interest. Notice the tone and attitude of the group. Do the people sound supportive of one another? Does the leadership appear competent? Many groups will allow you to visit two times before joining.
Hold volunteer positions in organizations. This is a great way to stay visible and give back to groups that have helped you.
Ask open-ended questions in networking conversations. This means questions that ask who, what, where, when, and how as opposed to those that can be answered with a simple yes or no. This form of questioning opens up the discussion and shows listeners that you are interested in them.
Become known as a powerful resource for others. When you are known as a strong resource, people remember to turn to you for suggestions, ideas, names of other people, etc. This keeps you visible to them.
Have a clear understanding of what you do and why, for whom, and what makes your doing it special or different from others doing the same thing. In order to get referrals, you must first have a clear understanding of what you do that you can easily articulate to others.
Be able to articulate what you are looking for and how others may help you. Too often people in conversations ask, "How may I help you?" and no immediate answer comes to mind.
Follow through quickly and efficiently on referrals you are given. When people give you referrals, your actions are a reflection on them. Respect and honor that and your referrals will grow.
Call those you meet who may benefit from what you do and vice versa. Express that you enjoyed meeting them, and ask if you could get together and share ideas.   
                                                 (tips found on businessknowhow.com)


I hope this post helps anyone out there looking for some guidance with networking! :) 

Until next time beautiful people,

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1 comment:

  1. I LOVE Proverbs 31:25! It got me through my horrific breakup - did you know that it's part of what the ideal "wife" is according to the bible? Strong, proud, and no fear! LOVE IT! :-)

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