Whatever size your business is, having a strong network of contacts around you is vital for moving your company forward, particularly in times of crisis or change.
People who know this tend to go to lots of networking events. These can be industry events or gatherings with other business owners. Here you will meet people that can help you level up in terms of your company. It can help you get to know the competition and also discover new ways of making your company a better proposition.
Every business owner should have a little black book of contacts that can advise them or help them. Here are a few of the best, so you can get building yours.
We live in a digital age, and computers are a vital part of our business. Getting to know a good IT Consultant can help you get more information on how to improve your current systems. Using an independent specialist will be cheaper than employing your own team as you only need to use them when you need them.
Some companies need an accountancy department, however having an independent financial advisor in your black book, can help you get even more out of your business. They can take a second look-over all your financial reports to ensure you understand every part of them. They can also help you refocus if there are issues within the company.
Every business needs access to money at some point. When it comes to lending, having a great relationship with your bank is essential; however, there are other ways of pulling money into your business to improve growth. Get to know some investors, especially ones that are passionate about your market or product. They are great to soundboard ideas off and if they like what you show them, feel you are an attractive proposition. Then they may even invest themselves. Money attracts money, so a successful investor will have a lot of connections too.
With more online platforms offering digital advertising, it’s essential to have insider knowledge on all the latest trends across Facebook, Instagram and new media that comes into fashion. Finding a Digital Marketing specialist who can keep you in the loop and help you strengthen your campaigns will keep you ahead of the competition and help you manage your online communications.
Finally, you need a successful entrepreneur in your black book. These are people who are incredible at adapting and finding solutions around multiple issues. They have an attitude that will get them over every obstacle in their way. Having an entrepreneur in your contacts is brilliant, their positive attitude is infectious, and they can be relied upon when you need a little bit of a boost.
Make yourself a strong circle of advisors, but ensure you are offering them something in return. Business support, advertising and recommendations for their services. It’s a two-way street, and it’s important we support each other. Your little black book is a vital part of your business’s success.