Coming up with a business idea is the easy part. Anyone can come up with an idea, but very few can execute it correctly, leading to continued business growth and success. In today’s market, you have to be extremely aggressive and make fast gains in order to stay ahead of your competition.
There are always going to be new players entering your space, so you need to make sure you differentiate yourself and roll-out strategies that give you a competitive advantage. One of the best ways to improve your business is to learn from others who have successfully grown businesses across a wide range of industries and categories.
While firsthand business experience is priceless and you can learn a lot simply by working in your business day in and day out, anytime you can learn from others who have experienced success in the past is an opportunity that you need to take full advantage of.
There are several ways you can connect with and communicate with other business owners online. Taking the time to network and make these valuable connections can pay off in the long run. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
Join Facebook Groups: Facebook groups are becoming very popular among business owners. They provide a place to ask questions, network, and learn from each other. They are typically low-pressure environments and many people will join and simply read the posts to see if they can learn anything. You don’t have to be active in the discussion if you don’t want to. You can be a sponge and just absorb all of the available information.
Be Active on Social Media: If there is a particular business owner or entrepreneur that you would like to connect with there is a good chance that they are active on one of the social media platforms. Rather than just message them right away follow them and like some of their content and share it. When you do reach out this increases the likelihood of a response as they might remember you from your past engagement.
Connect on LinkedIn: This is the best social network for strictly business purposes. You can use InMail message credits to send messages to almost anyone in the world, and sometimes you can even find more personal contact details, like an email address in their profile. There are also several tools and Chrome browser extensions that will help you locate the email address used on someone’s LinkedIn profile.
Infographic by Hustler Alliance.
Take a look at the infographic below. It features advice and tips from entrepreneurs who have built successful businesses. This should give you some ideas that will help scale your own business with similar results.
Even if your business is in a completely different industry there are opportunities to experience the same level of success by taking these tips in adjusting them to fit your business model. Even if you just find one or two that will work, putting in the effort and time to implement them can pay off with high dividends.
Amanda Byers is a graduate of Columbia, where she played volleyball and annoyed a lot of professors. Now as Zobuz’s entertainment and Lifestyle Editor, she enjoys writing about delicious BBQ, outrageous style trends and all things Buzz worthy.