As a member of the #SuiteElite, you have a built-in network of salon owners. Make sure you are networking with other salon owners as well as going outside of the salon and meeting people in your community. Attending local Chamber of Commerce events, charity events, town events, and fundraisers is a great way for your business to be seen. If you are looking to grow your business some more, a recent article with Life Hack, outlined 10 Business Networking Tips. Here are just a few of the tips that can help with your salon suite business.
- Be Helpful: “When people in your network get stronger, you get stronger. By helping people in your network get stronger, they may be in a better position to be able to help you in the future. In addition, per the law of reciprocity, people may be more motivated to return the favor. Share your expertise and ideas. Share information. Promote your network’s work and accomplishments. Be a connector. Business transactions are always mutually beneficial. One person is buying a product or service because it will benefit them in some way, and one person is selling a product or service because they can profit. If you can connect two people you know who would benefit from knowing each other, you can help two people as well as improve the strength of your network.”
- Build a Reputation: “In a professional setting, people prefer to build business relationships with people they see as being valuable. By building a reputation as someone who is talented, helpful, and valuable, people will be more motivated to meet you and stay in touch with you. Let people know what you’re accomplishing and learning through blogging, emails, and conversations.”
- Be visible: “If no one knows what you’re doing, it’s like it never happened. Maintain regular and consistent with people you want to stay in touch with. Communicate via email, blogging, social networking, and of course, in-person.”
- Follow up: “Build a reputation as someone who delivers on their promises and is persistent. Follow up with on people who promised to do something for you. Follow up on emails you send that get ignored. Do what you promised to do for others.”