Twitter FranchiseWorks    FaceBook FranchiseWorks    Pinterest FranchiseWorks
Bookmark and Share    FranchiseWorks RSS Feeds

  My Franchise Cart
Franchise Search
Make selections, click Search
Category:

Area of Interest:

Capital/Investment:

    

Franchise, Franchises for Sale and Franchising Opportunities on Franchise Works

Finance Your Business      Business Opportunities Multi-Unit Franchise Home-Based Franchise Franchises for Women
Premium Sponsors
AlphaGraphics Digital Printing, Design and Copy Services Franchise.  Join A Leading Franchise of Digital Printing Design and Document Services Centers.  Our business centers report the highest average sales in the print franchise industry, over $1.3 million per year*. Your success depends on you--your drive, initiative and commitment.           Yogurtland Frozen Yogurt Franchise. Join Our Culture of Success. Yogurtland has redefined the Frozen Yogurt category through a simple, innovative self-serve operating platform built to maximize franchisee success and sustain long-term growth.           V's Barbershop Franchise. The Barbershop and Men's Grooming Franchise. V's Barbershop franchise is an authentic, old-time barbershop offering traditional barbering services in an upscale and uniquely masculine environment. Haircuts, old-fashioned straight-edge shaves, facials, and complimentary shoe shines. Our concept is simple: a real barbershop for real men.           Next Day Access Franchises For Sale. Home Accessibility Equipment and Wheelchair Ramp Franchise. Accessible Living Delivered in a Day. Next Day Access franchises offer excellent opportunities for success-oriented business owners in the growing market.           Great Wraps Franchise Opportunity. Hot Wrap & Grilled Sandwich Franchise. Great Wraps ... Great Franchise. Great Wraps is leading a whole new market segment aimed at today’s fast-paced, indulgence-crazed and health-aware customer.
THIS   WEEK'S   MOST   POPULAR   FRANCHISES
Most Recent Franchise News
View all news stories          FranchiseWorks RSS Feeds
Franchise BLOG

Networking Your Way to Success
Published on 12/08/2014
If you’re a business owner or considering business ownership, then it’s likely you know how important networking is to your success. Businesses grow through building relationships and making contacts. So, if you’re not networking, you may be working hard, but not working smart. Let’s take a look at a few tips to help you get started or simply improve your networking strategy.

Networking Goals
The first step in successfully networking is setting goals. These will serve as your framework to take you where you are to where you want to be in creating and nurturing valuable professional relationships. Your networking goals are not set in stone, in fact, you should revisit them often, revise them, scrap the ones that aren’t working for you and set new ones.

Start by making a list of short-term and long-term attainable goals. Now, set a value to them. For instance, your goal is to connect to other business owners. In the short-term, let’s say you want to connect with five different business owners at your next networking event – five connections that you feel you can reach out to for advice, tips, ideas and support. As you reach each of your short-term goals, consider them little “wins,” and let them motivate you as you work toward your quarterly and annual goals.

Networking Tools 
After you have established your networking goals, the next step is to determine how to effectively execute on them. The following are a few tools to consider:

  • Business Cards – Easy to carry and simple reminders to those you meet, business cards not only provide your contact information, but are also a reflection of your business and the quality of your work. Writing quick notes on the back of each business card you receive can also be a great way to remember the connection or serve as a conversation starter on your follow up email to them.
  • Elevator Pitch – This is a critical tool in your networking toolbox. You should be able to describe your business and what you do in a succinct, concise and engaging way in 30 seconds or less. Be sure to tailor your message or tweak it depending on the audience. 
  • Website – If you’re a business owner, you need a website. When potential clients or customers want to learn more about you or your business, one of the very first places they’ll turn to is the Internet. There are a number of tools available to help small business owners get their websites up and running. Which means, you don’t have to be an expert in website design or have a large budget to get started. And, with the content management services available today, it’s easier than ever to create, publish and edit your own site. 
  • Social Media – LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are excellent methods to getting your brand and name in front of hundreds of potential clients and business partners. Link all three and throw in your website and you’ll have a powerhouse of networking tools working for you.

Making Connections
“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” This may be an old saying, but it still rings true. Once you’ve developed your goals and compiled your networking tools, it’s time to start making connections.

Networking events are planned for exactly this purpose. So even if walking up to a new person and striking up a conversation is outside of your comfort zone, just know that everyone is there for the same reason you are. Let that give you confidence! Prepare your elevator pitch, bring your business cards and have a few questions in your back pocket to make sure you can keep the conversation flowing. Exchange cards with new connections along with a comment about how you might be able to help them. Be sure to follow up in a few days via email.

Also, consider joining a networking group or groups, which are great for connecting with like-minded individuals. Networking groups can be in-person or online, and both provide you an opportunity to share your expertise and meet and engage with people outside of your normal workday. Find groups that fit you in terms of size, time commitment, industry and goals.

There are a number of tools and tips available to help you network your way to success. From setting goals, to filling your toolbox with effective methods for reaching those goals and adding connections to your professional network, you can make networking a powerful asset to the growth of your business.
Franchise Spotlight


Franchise Interview

Executive Spotlight Interview with Shelly Sun, CEO & Co-Founder of BrightStar Care

Q: FranchiseWorks.com: Tell us a little about your brand.

A: Shelly Sun: My husband J.D. and I founded BrightStar Care as a family business in 2002 in order to provide a full continuum of care to patients. This includes adult and elder care, childcare (including newborn care, babysitter and nanny services), in addition to medical staffing services for individuals, families and healthcare facilities. BrightStar Care offers a higher standard of care overseen locally by a Director of Nursing and validated with Joint Commission accreditation.

   more...
Franchise Tip

Can You Still Become a Millionaire in Franchising?
Franchising is more than just an engine that has driven entrepreneurism this century – it’s the vehicle that has given many of us the chance to reach that Great American Dream of independence, security and for some great wealth. And, while the opportunity exists, and thousands of franchisees, franchisors and suppliers to the industry have reached that magical seven figure net worth – most won’t. But a formidable number of millionaires today trace their emergence into financial freedom to franchising because they either had a great idea upon which to build a franchise system or were fortunate enough to discover and join the right franchise system.   more...
Featured Franchises

G.J. Gardner Homes Building Franchise For Sale. 3rd Fastest Growing Franchise Worldwide. G.J. Gardner Homes is Your Home Building Franchise Opportunity. Become a part of G.J. Gardner Homes, the building franchise company that is expanding across the globe.Yum Yo’s Frozen Yogurt Franchise For Sale. A Sweet Franchise Opportunity For You. Open A Yum Yo's Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Franchise. Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt franchises are one of the fastest-growing concepts in the nation.Top Ten Percent Mobile Marketing Franchise.
Pak Mail Franchise Opportunity. Own Your Own Packaging and Shipping Franchise! Join Pak Mail, a premier packing, shipping, and business solutions franchise. A single Pak Mail franchise is many things to many people. To residential customers, Pak Mail is a full service packing, shipping, mailing and moving resource.Good Feet Franchises For Sale. America’s #1 Arch Support Franchise. Good Feet products let people in pain return to the activities they enjoy without surgery or medication. There’s also a lot of satisfaction in knowing that you’re investing in a quality product with national name recognition, a high margin, and aggressive marketing.Executive Image Building Services Franchise. Join One of Today’s Top Building Service Franchises. Low Investment Commercial Building Services, Cleaning, and Landscape Franchise. We fill the need of property managers, building managers.
Industry Spotlight

Yum Yo’s Frozen Yogurt Franchise For Sale. A Sweet Franchise Opportunity For You. Open A Yum Yo's Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Franchise. Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt franchises are one of the fastest-growing concepts in the nation.
Food & Restaurant Franchises
Are you looking for Food Franchise or Restaurant Franchise For Sale? Food and restaurants are one of the largest segments in franchising. Your choices in this high-demand franchise category include fast food franchises, pizza franchises, sub sandwich and hoagie franchises, food catering franchises, burger franchises, restaurants, smoothie franchises, frozen yogurt franchises and cupcake franchises. Food franchise opportunities or food-related franchise businesses make up an industry projected to have $632 billion in sales in 2012. Click on the logo of one of the food and restaurant franchise opportunities to learn more.

Learn more about the Food & Restaurants industry
Resource Center

More Franchise News View all news stories          FranchiseWorks RSS Feeds
New Franchises
Platinum Franchises
Lee’s Hoagie House Franchise. An Authentic Philadelphia Hoagie & Cheese Steak Franchise. Don't Just Own A Franchise, Own A Philadelphia Tradition.

Classic Rock Coffee Franchise. A Rockin' Coffee Franchise Opportunity. Own an Award Winning Coffee House Franchise. A Unique Coffee Shop Franchise Concept. Step through the doors and you’ll know its unlike any other coffee shop you’ve ever seen.

Redhouse Bagels Franchise For Sale. A Bagel Franchise The Whole Family Will Love. Redhouse Bagels Franchise, We Make & Bake Our Bagels Fresh Daily. Total Net Gross Revenue: $655,070 in 2013*. You can achieve a great work-life balance since Redhouse Bagels is open until just 2 p.m. daily!

Our Town America Franchise Opportunity. Welcoming New Movers Is A Profitable Tradition. Our Town America direct mail franchise is the nations Premiere Welcoming Organization. Since 1972.

Professor Egghead Science Academy Franchise. Low Cost Children’s Education Franchise. Open A Kids Science Franchise Today. Professor Egghead Science Academy (PESA) fosters a passion for education and awesomeness!

All American Decorative Concrete Franchise. Own A Home Based Franchise With Minimal Overhead. Decorative Concrete Franchises Services Are In High Demand. We are the world's only decorative concrete franchise.

Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Opportunities. Franchise Opportunities Brewing! Why Franchise with Dunkin’ Donuts? Over 6700 franchise restaurants in the U.S.

Sophie's Cuban Cuisine® Restaurant Franchise. Fast Casual Authentic Cuban Restaurant Franchise. Bring An Authentic Cuban Food Franchise To Your Community.

My Gym Children's Fitness Franchises For Sale. My Gym Offers Two Children's Fitness Franchise Opportunities. My Gym Storefront Franchise and My Gym Mobile Franchise. Either Way Become Part of the #1 Rated Children's Fitness Franchise*

Concrete Coatings Decorative Concrete Business. Own A Low-Cost Concrete Coatings Cement Installation Business. While several construction trades are down, the decorative concrete industry has been on a steady path of growth.

Ready Decks Franchise For Sale. Own a Home Improvement & Deck Building Franchise. Become Your Own Boss - Low Cost Home Improvement Franchise. Ready Decks is seeking success-driven, qualified franchisees with clear vision and unbounded enthusiasm to join our growing family of businesses.

Sport Clips: Mens Hair Salon Franchise. Join the Fastest-Growing Haircut Franchise in the Country. Look no further. Sport Clips: First in the market and still #1. Why Should You Consider Buying a Sport Clips Haircut Franchise? Come join us in most fun segment of the $60 billion hair care industry. Sport Clips accounted for OVER 50% of all the hair care franchise growth in 2007 & 2008.

Pop-A-Lock Locksmith Franchise. Unlock Your Potential - Join the Leading Locksmith Franchise. Pop-A-Lock is the largest and most successful mobile locksmith service provider in America. The Pop-A-Lock Franchise Advantage. Let The Pop-A-Lock Franchise Be Your Key To Success.

Kid to Kid Clothing Store Franchise For Sale. Childrens Resale and Gently Used Kids Clothing Store Franchises. Make The Smart Choice, Open A Kids Clothing Store Franchise. With over 100 locations, Kid to Kid has been growing for over 20 years into the force that it is today.

Dollar Stores By Liberty Opportunities Inc. Liberty Dollar Store is NOT a Franchise. With Liberty You Own Your Own Dollar Store Business

Yum Yo’s Frozen Yogurt Franchise For Sale. A Sweet Franchise Opportunity For You. Open A Yum Yo's Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Franchise. Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt franchises are one of the fastest-growing concepts in the nation.
Business Opportunities
5th Avenue Acquisitions & Venture Capitalists Franchise. The Medical Professionals Merger & Acquisitions Franchise. Where Healthcare Professionals Go To Buy Or Sell Their Practice. We focus on the Dental, Veterinary, Ophthalmological, and Plastic Surgery practices who need to grow, sell or need to change.

National Tax Office Business For Sale. Start Your Own Tax Preparation Business Today.  If starting your own tax preparation business sounds appealing but you are worried about getting started, National Tax Office is here to help.

USA for Health Claims Medical Billing Business Opportunity.  Take Control of Your Future... Start Your Own Medical Billing Business Today!

Flat Rate Realty Business For Sale. The Premier Discount Real Estate Business. Low Investment Business - Work From Home Or Office. Flat Rate Realty is a complete and affordable business opportunity.

The Signage Pros Digital Sign Business. Invest In a Digital Signage Business. The Signage Pros Digital Signage Business. Gain Control Over Your Future - Earn a Great Living. Be part of the Digital Place-Based Advertising signage industry.

Dollar Store Business Opportunity.  Dollar Store Services, Inc. is the most economical developer of the finest high image dollar stores to be found. We offer a total comprehensive package which covers every pertinent aspect of opening and running a successful dollar store business long term.
Email address: