Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Networking and Partnerships

 

Happy Tuesday!  As I sit here planning and preparing for the upcoming online magazine, I started thinking about all of the opportunities that are made available to us that may better ourselves and our businesses, yet do we take them?  In the beginning of all of this, I must say that I was very intimidated and shy when it came to accepting opportunities.  I am now learning to take on anything of relevance as it provides room for more opportunities.  This thanks to a few mentors I have spoken to along the way.  My confidence has been boosted and I am now reaching out and connecting in a way that I have never dreamed.  It's been awesome!

Networking goes a long way with this, but you have to be dedicated to really put your name and product out there in order to get noticed.  In my case I am doing that with this blog and soon-to-be online magazine.  You definitely do not need a degree in this field to network.  My degree is in Child Development, who would have thought after all these years of utilizing it I would be a work from home mom doing this sort of thing?  Not me, not in a million years.  As a Christian, I firmly believe that God brought this path to me for a reason and I am ready to spread my wings and fly.  How about you?



What exactly is the definition of networking?

net.work.ing: "A supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest: Working mothers in the community use networking to help themselves manage successfully."

This can be done in a variety of ways:
  • Social Networks (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • Forums
  • Business events
  • Craft Fairs
  • Distributing business cards
If you can get creative in this area, I am sure the sky is the limit.  After networking, you can then begin to establish partnerships with other businesses.  How so?  This can simply be done through blogging, affiliate programs, or creating a contractual agreement with another business carrying on a joint business venture with a view to profit, etc.  It's a great way to bring business to the businesses present.  I have established my partnerships through blogging and campaigning. I look forward to branching out beyond that. Have you established any partnerships?

I have met some amazing mompreneurs just recently and I look forward to showcasing their businesses as I am excited to share yours.  This is my passion and well... it's kind of my hobby too.  Again, who would have thought?

If you would like to connect with me through advertising opportunities, feature biz posts, giveaways, etc., please contact me at:
 lindsey@michiganhomemommyworks.com.  I look forward to working with you.

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