Boost your home business networking ability with the latest business card app from LinkedIn and Evernote.
Even when you're sitting in your pajamas, running a home business, networking is important. One of the biggest reasons that I have been able to “make it” as a freelance writer is because of the networking I've done, online and offline.
Effective networking can be one of the best ways to find clients and partners, and even just learn valuable lessons that can be applied to make your home business more effective. Home business networking can be done online, but at least once a year, it makes sense to come out of the basement and network at a conference or some other “real life” event.
Home Business Networking with Business Cards
I had some inexpensive business cards made for my home business, and I take them around with me. They are easy to hand out, and it helps with the networking. However, now that I think about it, neither of these formats is particularly suited to jotting notes. One is black (makes it hard to write something visible with “regular” ink) and one is small.
One of the best tips I've ever heard for getting noticed at a trade show or conference is to jot down notes on a business card. That way, you can remember something about the conversation, or see a reminder of a specific follow-up action you have committed to.
Other than the limitations that can come with actually writing notes on the business card is the fact that few people actually want to keep a stack of physical business cards around. This is where the joining of Evernote and LinkedIn can help with your home business networking.
The new partnership is one that allows you snap a picture of your business card using your smart phone and connect it a LinkedIn account. So, you don't just have the business card; now you have an “in” to your new connection's LinkedIn profile.
And, because it's Evernote, you can add new notes and attach relevant documents. So, if you are forming a partnership with someone, or if you are setting up a meeting with clients, you can add all that information to the digital version of the business card. Everything pertinent to your business relationship is one place — and can be synced across devices to make it accessible.
Check it out:
It's a pretty cool way to keep track of the people you meet, without the need to go through a stack of business cards and try to remember the situation after the conference. It's handy, easy to use, and takes your business cards to the next level. And it can help you with your next attempt at home business networking in the “real world.”
How do you keep notes on business relationships? Would something like this help you improve your ability to network?