Recruiting and networking for a new business
Being an entrepreneur is often an independent endeavour initially. However, as your business idea develops into reality you are going to need help along the way. To this end, recruiting a good team to work alongside, as well as connecting with key business contacts through networking are essential tips for building a business.
Thankfully, there are numerous ways to find the perfect people to recruit. To do this, you should take advantage the follow four groups:
1: Your Social Network
You’d be surprised by the diverse skill sets that your friends have. Take advantage of these relationships and recruit those you think would benefit the company.
2: Work experience colleagues
When looking to recruit for your new business, you can get in touch with contacts you have made during various work experience placements. They might still be working at the company in which you met them, but it is always worth reaching out to them to see if they are prepared to help you with your new business venture, or whether they know anyone who might be!
This popular business networking site is a great way to search for recruits. You can clearly see what work experience and skills people have. From this you can connect with and choose someone who is most suited to your organisation.
When you need to find a good team to help build your new company, you must explore every avenue. Therefore, asking family members whether they have any good contacts or work colleagues who might be interested in joining you or helping you out with your new business is worth doing. Moreover, you could even ask family members to get involved themselves with your new business. At least this way you will know everything about your new team members!
Networking is also very important. Through LinkedIn, it is easier than ever before to do this. Moreover, it is easy to obtain the email address of many influential contacts – try to let as many people know about your business and what you are trying to achieve. Networking also goes further than the computer screen. You should try to connect with people in person as much as you can. Through this, potential contacts feel more comfortable and likely to help you and your business to succeed.
The last bit of advice for you is: Don’t be too proud to accept favours or too secretive to tell anyone about your idea. The ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ sentiment goes a long way when starting a business.
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