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As a business owner or manager, we often find it difficult, even to reach out to people in the best of situations to seek an opportunity for a new business. You have probably thought that if you could just find a way to squeeze a schedule into your day without spending more time away from your family or working weekends, you’d be alright?
Why Not Try these 5 Steps
Tip No 1.Always keep a box of business cards in your car anytime you go out, and that way, you can always keep a stack of cards in your wallet or business card holder.
- Anytime you go out to eat, try to a leave a card on the table when you are leaving.
- Drop a business card in each bill you mail out every time.
- When you’re at the book store, make sure you slip your card into some of the books related to your industry and be sure to put them near the middle of the book so they don’t fall out when someone casually is flipping through it.
- Place a rack full of your business cards on the counter of your dry cleaner, because most of them are more than happy to help out a good customer.
- Give each of your friends a stack of your business cards to hand out.
Tip No 2.Make a goal of meeting at least one new person every day. If you hear someone mention your industry or a hobby of yours, quickly make a point to introduce yourself.
- Start a conversation while you’re waiting in line at the bank or the Office Depot, clue because you may never see or meet those people again in life, but chances are good that you will.
Tip No 3.Never eat alone. As you have to eat and so does everyone else has to, so why not use that time to catch up with friends and associates? Make sure u call up your friend or friends at least to join you in eating Clue: There are a few benefits for all of you there.
- Make sure you keep in touch with people without taking a lot of time out of your work day.
- You can reduce your stress by interacting with people that you enjoy being in the company of. Clue: by doing this your name stays at the front of their minds – great for referrals!
Tip No 4.Try Networking in one non-work related organization, by rendering assistance to some groups. Such as
- A baseball team
- An NGO that are doing something great in yours and outside your vicinity
- A church or charity
- A community group, pretty much anything. Clue is to have the ability to network without the usual competition that you would face in a Chamber of Commerce industries or other business related organization. If you don’t currently participate in something that’s not related to work you should seriously consider it. It will help you create a balance between your work and your personal life while opening up a channel for new business.