The power of your network

I recently read a quote from an author that said, “There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.”

This proves true in so many arenas of life but in business, especially for small businesses, it’s a critical component to success.

I have been in business for 24 years with various titles in areas including sales management, marketing and business owner. I have worked with a wide array of people during that time. No matter what industry we are in, working with other entrepreneurs that complement each other, learn from each other and support each other, is key to success.

True entrepreneurs are always learning and growing as professionals and as leaders. We naturally choose to surround ourselves with people who have experience and knowledge we can benefit from. In turn, we are eager to reciprocate and provide others with expertise to elevate their business. We can cohesively share our knowledge to expand each of our entrepreneurial skill sets.

As your business grows – I encourage you to keep this in focus. When we start out in the business world, we are more willing to ask for help. As time goes on, we believe we have become good, then great in our business and we close out the opportunities for others to help. We think we don’t need it. The key to remember is you will always need help and there will always be someone willing to offer assistance.

Comfortable and content are plagued words. As an entrepreneur you should never feel comfortable because you will become content which results in complacency. Whether we are consuming or selling, we continue to surround ourselves with like-minded people.

I recently had the opportunity to host a roundtable discussion which included entrepreneurs from a variety of disciplines; landscaping, consulting, web design and motivational speaking. Each participant brought something unique to the table and all saw the value of fostering these new relationships to add to their entrepreneurial arsenal. You can always benefit from networking and learning from your peers or potential competitors. Always be more than willing to share your knowledge because if you don’t, you are doing yourself a disservice.