4 Networking Tips for Creating Professional Contacts

4 Networking Tips for Creating Professional Contacts

Remember the age-old saying. It’s not what you know, but who you know that gets you places in the world of business. But finding those make-or-break contacts is a challenge in and of itself, and the skill to network is not necessarily an easy one to practice.

Some people are just social butterflies who can gather friends like Henry VIII gathered wives. Others, however, may need a bit of help.

For those new or unconfident in the realms of networking and contact creation, fear not. For listed below are a few strategies that can help you gather more and more professional links that can help you and your career.

4 Ways to Better Networking

1. Create Content

One way to quickly make a name for yourself in your chosen field is to be proactive in creating content within it.

So, for example, if you’re in marketing you may want to consider writing articles in which you examine and analyze different marketing techniques and their effectiveness. If you’re a budding animator, create animations in your spare time and upload them for people to watch. If you’re a journalist, then do some freelance reporting on a blog, or submit articles to a website.

Doing so will quickly draw the attention of other people and give them an idea of your work and your expertise in it. With that comes the opportunity to make connections.

This is good practice in general, as such activity can help you refine your skills for your chosen profession but keeping active within your field is a great way to meet new people within it. Of course, you must do it regularly, as much as once a day in certain cases, but the results quickly pay for the effort made.

2. Attend Conventions and Trade Shows

If you get the chance, take the opportunity to attend business conventions held within your area. Sometimes your place of work may also be willing to pay to send you out to them if they can be convinced that the potential gains would outweigh any costs.

These events are quite literally made so that people can come together from across the nation, or even across the globe, to exchange contact details, network and develop connections that help improve their respective business.

As well as this there are often many workshops, keynote speeches, and seminars that you may find more personally helpful. Also, the conventions are usually quite fun to attend in and of themselves.

3. Make Use of Social Media and Apps

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Much as with creating content online, you should also keep an active presence on any social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Doing the rounds on here raises your public profile, and increases your chances of stumbling across promising figures.

Share content on these platforms, whether it’s content you’ve created or found, and use the opportunity to reach out to other like-minded individuals. LinkedIn is especially useful in that regard, and you should exploit it fully.

Make use of apps that help you network as well, such as Covve’s address book app. These help you find, manage and keep in contact with everyone you network with, and can prove invaluable in keeping on top of your growing collection of names, numbers and email addresses.

4. Seize Every Opportunity to Network

You never know when you may encounter someone who could make a fantastic contact in your line of work.

One day you may be sitting in a coffee shop, get chatting to someone there and then find out they’re in a very important position in a company that deals with a service you’re particularly interested in. But how can you make sure they won’t forget you?

Again, address book apps like Covve are a great way to record impromptu contacts and their details, ensuring they’re never forgotten. You can then contact them at your leisure.

If you’re feeling particularly old school, you could even consider printing off a load of business cards. While smartphone apps are more modern, the humble business card still very much as its place within the world of networking.

Never underestimate the power of a palm-sized piece of card with important details on it.

Don’t be shy in these circumstances either. While you shouldn’t try to force it unnaturally into conversation, always do bring up your profession and position if the topic leads in that direction. Mention what you do, and make that your opening to offer an exchange of details.

If you never ask, you never get.

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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