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Hydragun Review – Home Massage for Busy Mums https://www.workathomemums.com.au/hydragun-review/
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<p>When you have kids and are working, either from home or not, you seem to be perpetually busy. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for me time, including self care such a getting a massage.</p>

<p>In my life before WAHM I am actually a 2x Australian Olympian. I have 2 kids (so 18 months of being pregnant – isn’t that fun on your muscles) and I work from home running a few websites, which means I’m always on the computer sitting at my desk. What does this all mean when put together? I have a multitude of back and neck pain. And not must time to go and get a massage or head to the physio.</p>

<p>Because of this, I’ve tried a lot of home remedies. Massage mats, massage cushions, those u-shaped things that go around your neck, even handheld massagers. None of them were particularly successful, mostly because I couldn’t actually get the massage onto the muscle that really needed it. The other problem they seem to have is either such little power it kind of felt like I was just being walked on by a cat, or the knobs on them were so hard and uncomfortable it hurt more and defeated the purpose of the massage.</p>

<h2>The Hydragun</h2>

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<p>So I recently tried a Hydragun, which is what is known as a <a href=”https://hydragun.com.au/”>massage gun</a>. The Hydragun, like most massage guns works on percussive massage therapy. There are a few types around, from the cheaper end (about $100 – $150 mark) to the not even remotely cheap (up to $900).</p>

<p>The Hydragun is in the middle range at $399 and although that’s not exactly cheap, it does come with the Hydragun and 6 massage heads for any type of massage or muscle. It does feel like good quality when you use it, and I have no issues with ever thinking it’s going to break. It also comes in a great hard case with a place for the gun, all the heads and charger.</p>

<p>The design is quite simple, with a massage head at one end, the power buttons at the other end and then a handle coming down. It has 6 levels of massage power with a simple one click to cycle through. I mostly use level 2 or 3 and find those strong enough, as I’m not doing major things with my muscles, just trying to relieve the tension from my regular day, or help some muscle recovery after a workout. The speed you have it at will definitely be a personal preference, but it gives you enough variety that everyone should find a setting they like.</p><div class=”worka-content” id=”worka-1781772782″>
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<p>The Hydragun comes with 6 heads. One ball, one forked, one pointed and three flat. I mostly use the ball one on my lower back and right hip and glute, as I find that the best one to access that area while doing it myself. I’ve also used the ball and fork on my neck and shoulders with great success. They are very easy to pull out and change over.</p>

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<p>It’s not completely silent, but I can sit and use it at the end of the day while watching TV and not notice the noise or even need to turn up the tv from our normal level. I initially looked at the shape and did wonder if I was going to be able to successfully use it by myself on my back (my main problem area), and it was actually much easier than I thought it would be.</p>

<p>It is just over 1kg and although not heavy, because most of the weight is in the motor I find it a little bit unbalanced. It’s not hard to use though and it certainly doesn’t impede the ability to manoeuvre it into the right position, it was just something I noticed.</p>

<p>It is wireless and runs on a rechargeable battery. Much better then having to sit somewhere near a plug and get tangled up in a cord like my first handheld massager. The battery life is quite impressive too. I started this week with a full battery and have used it every night and haven’t even come close to running out yet. It does take a while to charge (a few hours) and comes with its own charger rather than a USB which so many things seem to have these days. But as downsides go I suppose that’s not really too much of a major one.</p>

<p>I use my Hydragun mostly at the end of the day when I’m relaxing before bed. I use it to take the stress and tightness out of my muscles after sitting at a computer, running around after kids and just general life. And it’s done it’s job. I find my neck much better after just 10 minutes with this massage gun and it certainly stops headaches coming up from my neck. I also have lower back soreness from my sporting days and it’s really nice to just sit and massage that for 10 minutes before bed. I’ve found it great on my neck and shoulders and it really takes the tension out.</p>

<p>It’s also fantastic after a workout when your muscles are a screaming at you saying ‘why did you do that to me?’ I’m also finding it helping when I use it alongside my stretching as I’m trying to gain back some more flexibility (where does that go by the end of your 30’s?)</p>

<p>Honestly I’m so glad I found this thing. My neck alone is thanking me and at the price of 4 massage sessions, it is also going to save me money (and time) in the long run.</p>

<p>So if your want to try out the Hydragun for yourself <a href=”https://hydragun.com.au/”>head over there now</a>. For the next 7 days (beginning 11<sup>th</sup> Dec 2020) if you use the code WAHM50 you can get $50 off your purchase (this is not an affiliate link and we get nothing from the purchase, you just get a discount). </p>
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<p>Like many people, you would probably like to make some extra cash. Whether it’s for a holiday or special occasion or just to have some extra money for bills or purchases. There are a few ways to make some quick money from home, and they’re not all that difficult.</p>
<p>When you think about making some extra cash quickly, your mind tends to go to get rich quick scams. However if you look at your current skills, or even just what’s around your house, you will find many ways to earn a bit of extra cash for whatever you need.</p>
<h2>7 Ways to earn some extra money quickly</h2>
<h3><strong>Sell Unwanted Goods</strong></h3>
<p>You probably have heaps of items in your house which you are never going to use again. This could be clothing, electronics or even household items. Get rid of them! It’s the perfect opportunity to clean up and declutter your house and make some extra cash.</p>
<p>You can hold a garage sale or advertise on websites like eBay or Gumtree. A current trend to move things quickly is to list them on Facebook Marketplace or in Facebook buy swap and sell groups. This allows you to access other users who are living in your area. Easy!</p>
<h3><strong>Undertake Paid Surveys</strong></h3>
<p>If you’ve got a bit of spare time, instead of sitting on social media, earn some money through surveys. Some companies will pay you for your time giving opinions on various products and services. &nbsp;Paid surveys can pay you in cash or bonus points, which is a good use of your time whilst you are on the internet anyway!</p>
<p>The best thing about online surveys and getting paid is you don’t need to be an expert in anything, really. Whether you are a student, employed or unemployed, you have a chance of making money through online surveys. You don’t even need good writing skills. All you need to do is provide the companies your thoughts about their products and they are willing to pay you for the info. They are asking for it because they can make design or packaging changes, according to your suggestions and ideas. They will pay you even if you have negative feedback in your survey because it can help them remove some potential fault from their products.</p><div class=”worka-content” id=”worka-230570358″>
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<p>However, you need to be wary when going ahead with trying to earn from online surveys because there are some scammers out there trying to get rich through fake surveys. They ask the people to pay a small initial fee, and when enough people sign up for the service, they disappear from the face of the earth with the money. So, you need to be careful about the legitimacy of the company for whom you do the surveys.</p>
<p>Although surveys are a legitimate way of earning money, the amount you get form them can vary, and may not be much for each one. So you may not be able to become a full time WAHM on surveys alone, but they can form part of your overall money earning strategy, or give you a bit of extra cash along the way.</p>
<h3><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Join Focus Groups</strong></h3>
<p>Like paid surveys, market research companies run focus groups to give opinions on products, advertising and various other things. These sessions are generally run in a group at a central location. Sessions usually run for a couple of hours, but most companies pay you a nominal fee for your time.</p>
<h3><strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>Become a Babysitter or Pet sitter</strong></h3>
<p>If you are not squeamish around babies or toddlers, try converting your spare night sitting in front of the television to a night of earning extra cash by minding other people’s children. After all, you get to hand them back after a few hours!</p>
<p>If you love animals, look at becoming a pet sitter. Sites like MadPaws allow you to register as a pet sitter to help look after peoples pets when then go on holidays. You can do it in your own home by taking in peoples pets for a few days, weeks or more, or spend some time every day feeding and checking on people’s animals in their homes.</p>
<h3><strong>Become an Etsy Seller</strong></h3>
<p>Are you good with your hands? Do you produce amazing products just by sewing or stringing a few things together? It is now easy to set up an account online with platforms such as Etsy or Facebook, and you can create an amazing page to showcase all your wonderful products. By selling your products online instead of a craft market, it is definitely one of many ways to make a bit of extra cash from home.</p>
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<h3><strong>Rent out your car or caravan</strong></h3>
<p>Perhaps you are simply letting your car sit in the garage or the side street idly on weekdays whilst you take public transport to work. If you are game enough, you can make money by renting it out on sites like Car Next Door or Drive My Car. You can even decide whether to rent it out on a daily or hourly rate.</p>
<p>Do you have a caravan or camper trailer sitting around doing nothing? Sites like Camplify allow you to rent it to people for cash. Great for those times when you can’t get out and about, why not let it make you some money.</p>
<h3><strong>Hire out your skills</strong></h3>
<p>Are you great at putting together furniture? Are you an amazing packer when you are moving house? Do you love gardening? Whatever you are good at, hire out those skills on sites like Airtasker. There are people willing to pay for just about anything, either because they can’t, don’t have time or don’t want to do it themselves.</p>
<p>Many people feel that making a bit of extra cash is time-consuming, or requires a driving passion or skill which they feel they do not have. However, all it takes is a bit of outside thinking and looking around us. There are plenty of opportunities to make money fast with the things we already have! And yes, most of these opportunities do not require capital. So, what are you waiting for?</p><div class=”worka-2nd-article-ad” id=”worka-2129218940″>
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Starting an Online or Work from Home Business https://www.workathomemums.com.au/starting-online-work-home-business/
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<p>Starting your own work from home business is not a decision to be taken lightly. It may seem like an easy option but to be honest, working at home is not as easy as it sounds. You have to be financially, emotionally and mentally prepared before you go into it.</p>
<p>Lots of people around the world are deciding to start their own online or home based business. This can be due to a number of reasons such as earning an uncapped income, having a flexible schedule, independence, work life balance, or just having a true passion for the business you want to create.</p>
<p>Not everyone has the guts to make the transition from a corporate job to setting up your own business and before set up begins there are many decisions to be made. So, here are a few tips that should help you on the right track to starting an online or work from home business.</p>
<h2>Starting your work at home business</h2>
<p>The first decision to be made when embarking on your work at home business journey is whether or not working at home is actually suitable for you. Not everyone can cope with the relative isolation. There are also certain qualities that are required to work at home successfully.</p>
<p>Before deciding which type of business is for you, it is important to consider the following:</p>
<p><strong>Skills</strong> – what skills do you have?</p><div class=”worka-content” id=”worka-1887779831″>
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<p><strong>Income</strong> – what level of income do you need to make?</p>
<p><strong>Personality</strong> – are you a self starter? Do you work well on your own?</p>
<p><strong>Time management/organisation</strong> – are you organised or do you require support or training with this?</p>
<p><strong>Time</strong> – how much time can you devote to your business?</p>
<p><strong>Space</strong> – where will you work? How much space will your work at home business require?</p>
<p><strong>Online or offline</strong> – do you want to work online or offline?</p>
<p><strong>Legal</strong> – are there particular laws relating to use of your premises that will prevent you from undertaking certain types of work?</p>
<p>Quite often women start their work at home career where their previous career ended. Using the skills and knowledge that you have can be an excellent starting point for your new business. For example, graphic designers may start a freelance design business, or bankers could start their own mortgage broking firm.</p>
<p>When deciding to start a business it’s important to remember a few key things.</p>
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<p>A big part of succeeding in one’s business is in loving what you do. You must have the passion for it. Passion will motivate you to achieve your goals and objectives and will allow you to remain committed with your business. It is the same feeling that will motivate you to get out of your bed in the morning and do what needs to be done.</p>
<p><strong>Keep it separate</strong></p>
<p>When you work at home, it can sometimes be difficult to draw the line between stuff you have to do in your office and things you have to do inside the house. Set order and discipline and devise a strategy that should keep these two separate at all times.</p>
<p>For instance, even if you have a home-based business, set your work time well. If it’s after five, perhaps it’s time to call it a day and attend to the home. If it’s the weekend, try not to do any work or business related tasks.&nbsp;Schedule deliveries only on weekday mornings, or keep regular business hours for clients. This doesn’t mean that those hours need to be 9-5. After all, the whole point of starting your own business might be flexibility, but keep regular hours that suit your circumstances and allow you some separation between work life and family.</p>
<p>If you can’t keep work and home tasks separate, you will wear yourself out by spreading yourself too thin.</p>
<p><strong>Expand your network</strong></p>
<p>Most home-based businesses are small-scale ventures but never underestimate its potential to grow. Don’t be cooped up in your home, hoping clients and potential business partners will come. Socialize with your friends and see if they can give you business leads. Social networking sites are also a great venue to build your network and a great tool for opening up a new potential market.</p>
<p><strong>Seek help when needed</strong></p>
<p>Birth pains, adjustments and problems are normal when starting a business. If you find that you need some expert advice, tap into your network and don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.</p><div class=”worka-3rd-placement-ad” id=”worka-1508708984″>
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<h3>How to earn money in a work from home business</h3>
<p>A major stumbling block for some people in starting their own business is figuring our how to earn an income. You might have a great idea in your head already, but if not here are some ways to make money in your business.</p>
<p><strong>Running your own e-commerce store</strong></p>
<p>You could start on a site like eBay or Etsy and build your customer base slowly. Sourcing products for your store can be a tricky prospect that takes some ingenuity. You will need to find a wholesaler, distributor or<a href=”https://www.workathomemums.com.au/consider-drop-shipping-wahm-home-business/”> dropshipper</a> that can supply your store at a good enough price to ensure a profit.</p>
<p>If you want to make your own handmade goods a site Etsy is perfect to market your products. There are new global Marketplaces popping up everywhere.</p>
<p>If you want to run your own ecommerce website there is plenty of software like WordPress and Shopify that make running your own website easy.</p>
<p><strong>Do you have a particular skill set that is in demand?</strong></p>
<p>You could work as a freelancer, providing service to clients for a fee and working virtually from your home office. &nbsp;Companies are always searching for skilled web designers, search engine optimisation specialists and social media marketers. &nbsp;These technical positions only require a computer and a fast internet connection so working from home is a perfect option.</p>
<p>If you want a few freelancing ideas then head to our blog on the <a href=”https://www.workathomemums.com.au/best-freelancing-ideas/”>50 best freelancing ideas</a>.</p>
<p><strong>Do you enjoy writing?</strong></p>
<p>Content writers and copywriters are needed every day to fulfill orders for blogs, websites, and sales copy. It can be a challenging profession as you must work with different personalities on a daily&nbsp;basis, but once you have built a portfolio and a client list, it can be a rewarding career.</p>
<p><strong>Affiliate Marketing</strong></p>
<p>Affiliate marketing is one of the fastest growing business sectors in the world. It offers people the opportunity to promote products on your website or blog for thousands of different companies on the internet. There are many different affiliate marketing companies that have hundreds of retailers to choose from or you can contact a company directly to see if they have a program.</p><div class=”worka-4th-article-ad” id=”worka-908690860″>
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<p>Once you get approved, you will&nbsp;receive your affiliate ID which will be used in your links to their website to show that you promoted their products. When people click on the link and buy something off their website you get a commission, usually a percentage of the purchase price. You can place these links in hundreds of places on the web including your website, emails and social media pages, although some retailers will have special conditions you have to agree to.</p>
<p>There is little to no start-up costs involved in affiliate marketing which makes it an attractive business if you are short on capital.</p>
<p><strong>Direct Sales</strong></p>
<p>Direct sales is another field to consider. This is particularly popular for WAHMs in the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. Companies such as Thermomix, Avon and Tupperware hire WAHMs as contractors to sell their products through parties and door to door. You get paid by receiving a commission for everything you sell. This type of work at home job is popular with women who like to socialise and meet new people.</p>
<p>These ideas may seem like they will bring easy money, however each one of them requires its own measure of hard work.</p>
<p>Once you have thought about your knowledge and skills and how you would like to work then you can start to research the types of businesses that are available. Once you have decided on the type of business you think you would like, research the requirements and what it will take to be successful.</p>
<h3>Being prepared when starting your home-based business</h3>
<p>Starting a home-based business needs careful planning and you really should do a reality check first. Money is perhaps the most important thing you need to start a business. Whether it’s a web-based service or a small arts and crafts business, you need to check if you have the money to sustain it.</p>
<p>Some businesses require only a small amount of money to start up and other require much more. It is important to research and plan in the initial stages to ensure success.</p>
<p>Here are some tips to remember before you starting your own home-based business:</p>
<p><strong>Have some emergency savings.</strong></p>
<p>It’s helpful to have some emergency funds before you even start a business. This is to ensure that there’s something to tide your family over in case you decide to resign from your day job and focus solely on the business.</p>
<p>The amount you need can be dependent on how much of a safety net you want behind you. Some people are happy to have 3 months in an emergency fund and others like to have up to 12 months. To know how much you need to save for an emergency fund, jot down all your monthly expenses like food, bills, credit cards, insurance payments, mortgage payments, gas, daycare, etc. Add these all up and multiply by the number of months you want to have in your emergency fund. The total amount should be your target in saving for your emergency fund.</p>
<p>For some budgeting tips be sure to read <a href=”https://www.workathomemums.com.au/how-to-create-and-stick-to-family-budget/”>how to create and stick to a family budget</a>. Once you have enough saved for your emergency fund, then you can start saving money for your business.</p>
<p><strong>Crunch the numbers.</strong></p>
<p>Any business would require some amount of money and it is your responsibility to determine that. Know how much it would require when applying for business permits, what are the taxes you need to pay, and what type of equipment you need to buy. Would you need an assistant? Find out how much it would cost to hire a part-time or full-time employee. All of these should be taken into consideration.</p>
<p><strong>Come up with a business plan.</strong></p>
<p>A business plan is a document that gives you a clear picture of your business goals and how you are going to achieve these goals. It includes your initial investment capital, the monthly expenses your business would need, and how long before it takes you to break-even and, eventually, earn a profit.</p>
<p>A business plan doesn’t have to be like a dissertation paper but remember that this is important to make sure that you keep track of your goals.</p>
<p>If you need help we include a template for a business plan in our <a href=”https://www.workathomemums.com.au/product/business-startup-toolkit/”>Business Startup Toolkit</a>.</p>
<p><strong>Don’t quit your job. Not yet, anyway.</strong></p>
<p>Many people make the mistake of quitting their jobs to start their own business, only to realize later on that they haven’t fully prepared for it. Starting a home-based business doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing deal. You can still stay in your day job while laying the groundwork.</p>
<p>Instead of quitting altogether, you can polish your arts and crafts skills by doing it on weekends and selling them online. You can also sell your products and services to work colleagues. Think of them as valuable test subjects who can give you great feedback and how to improve your business. You can also use your annual leave to attend classes or seminars.</p>
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<h2><strong>To-Do List for Home Business Success</strong></h2>
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<li><strong>Choose a really great business name: </strong>I know, it’s easier said than done with so many names already taken!&nbsp; In thinking about your business name, you will need to check that no existing businesses already have that name.&nbsp; To do this, check your suggested name with <a href=”http://asic.gov.au/for-business/registering-a-business-name/before-you-start/business-name-availability/”>ASIC&nbsp; free online business name search </a>&nbsp;where you can check company and business names right around Australia.&nbsp; After your check your proposed name on the ASIC search, you will also need to <a href=”http://pericles.ipaustralia.gov.au/atmoss/falcon.application_start”>check the trademarks database (again, it’s a free online search) here.</a>&nbsp; You must ensure your proposed business name yields NO conflicting names on both of these searches.</li>
<li><strong>Check that you can secure the domain name for your business:&nbsp; </strong>A web presence is super important this day and age for any business, so you must ensure – once your proposed business name checks out – that you can register the domain name for it. &nbsp;For .com.au domain names, you can search for availability at <a href=”https://www.workathomemums.com.au/crazydomains”>Crazy Domains</a> or <a href=”https://au.godaddy.com/”>Go Daddy</a>.</li>
<li><strong>Register your business name:</strong> You must do this if you intend to trade with a name other than your legal name, e.g. Sharon Smith.&nbsp; If you chose to trade as “Sharon Smith Dressmaking”, you will need to register your business name. You can get more information about <a href=”http://asic.gov.au/for-business/registering-a-business-name/”>registering a business name</a>&nbsp;This includes guidance on how to get an Australian Business Number (ABN) or apply for a trademark and an outline of our fees.&nbsp;To register your business name, sign up for an ASIC Connect account or log in to an existing account.</li>
<li><strong>Get an ABN for your business:</strong> You will need one of these to start trading.&nbsp; Getting one is super easy – check <a href=”https://www.workathomemums.com.au/how-to-apply-for-an-australian-business-number-abn/”>how to apply for an ABN</a> and what you need to&nbsp;complete as part of registering your business name.</li>
<li><strong>Check with your local council if there are any special rules applying to home businesses:</strong> You may need to get approval from your local council if you intend on starting a home-based business, so the best place to look for information is your local council website.&nbsp; If you don’t have clients coming to your home or plan to run an industrial shed or cooking on the premises, it shouldn’t be a problem at all.</li>
<li><strong>If you’re renting, check that your lease has no limitations applying to running a home business:</strong> Provided you don’t have clients coming to your house creating issues with traffic, noise and parking, your lease shouldn’t be a problem.&nbsp; Check the details of your lease or consult your property manager.</li>
<li><strong>Check to see if you have any special compliance or insurance obligations:</strong> &nbsp;Depending on your industry, there may be requirements for you to take out professional liability insurance, public liability insurance and adhere to certain legislation pertaining to your industry.&nbsp; Industry association websites are a great source of information for this sort of thing, as are small business forums.</li>
<li><strong>Create a great image for your business:&nbsp; </strong>Just because you plan to work from home doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the professional image of your business.&nbsp; Invest in professional graphic design and get a logo created by an expert.&nbsp; Hire a web developer to create a fabulous website and social media presence.&nbsp; Enlist the help of a professional marketing consultant to help you get the most out of your marketing and hire a copywriter to ensure your marketing and web copy is top notch.&nbsp; All of this will pay immense dividends for you!</li>
<li><strong>Set clear goals for your business:</strong> For many individuals, their goals are so broad that success is something that never happens. Make sure you are setting clear goals for what you want to achieve in your business. Be specific and have a timeline for achieving them. Break down your big business goals into smaller goals that pave the way towards the big goal. Write everything down and hold yourself accountable.</li>
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<p>If you’re ready to get started on your business, you can read about <a href=”https://www.workathomemums.com.au/setting-up-a-business/”>setting up a business in Australia</a> or Work At Home Mums can help you get started through our course <a href=”https://www.workathomemums.com.au/start-work-home-business/”>How to Start a Work From Home Business</a> – a step by step guide to getting your business up and running.</p>
<h2>How to Build Your Network When You’re Just Starting Your Business</h2>
<p>Starting a new business can often feel like something you’re doing in a vacuum alone. This is most especially true if your business is online, but it can feel like that if you’re starting any type of business. But, the truth is, you’re never alone – you will just have to seek out relationships and network rather than having them built in for you like they are at a job.</p>
<p><strong>Online Forums –</strong> You can meet a lot of interesting people in online forums. Find forums consisting of people you want to start networking with and simply start discussions, answer questions, and be giving. If you find someone you relate to, reach out to them privately.</p>
<p><strong>Mastermind Groups –</strong> You can find some awesome groups sometimes called “inner circles” or mastermind groups which involve working with peers to support and learn from each other. Do a simple search on Facebook for your niche or use Google Alerts to help you find a group. You can also ask people you already know if they know of any. Sometimes there is a fee to join the group but consider the fee an investment into your business (and can sometimes be a tax deduction).</p>
<p><strong>Chamber Events</strong> – Your local chamber of commerce is a great place to start trying to find networking events to attend. Often you can go to them for an added fee as a non-member before choosing to join. Look for “after hours” events to test out the organisation to help you determine if it is right for you and your business goals.</p>
<p><strong>Industry Associations</strong> – If your business is involved with working in a specific field, or niche, look up associations online. There are associations for almost any type of business under the sun, and there is likely one for you. It doesn’t matter what type of niche you’re in; you can usually find something. Check out the quality of the organisation before joining to ensure it aligns with your values and goals.</p>
<p><strong>Focused Business Events</strong> – Starting with a small, focused business event that is limited to just a few people can be helpful in getting your feet wet with larger networking events. Many smaller organizations put on business retreats that are helpful for people who are nervous about larger events.</p>
<p><strong>Meetup Announcements</strong> – This is a great way to find local people who want to connect with people like you. If you don’t see something that fits your business, why not start your own informal Meetup event? You only need locations that will accommodate your needs and a good idea to attract people.</p>
<p><strong>LinkedIn Connections –</strong> Networking online and offline can be accomplished through the connections you make on LinkedIn if you’re strategic about who you connect with. Don’t connect with those whom you cannot offer anything and who can’t offer you anything. Stay focused and remember; “quality over quantity”.</p>
<p><strong>Blog Commenters</strong> – If you’ve written a compelling blog post that gets comments that make you curious about the person, check out who made the comments and try to connect with them on social media. Once you have established a relationship, you can reach out to them for other ideas, events, and even joint venture partnerships.</p>
<p><strong>Newsletter/Email List Sign-Ups</strong> – People who sign up for your email list or newsletter are prime candidates for networking. Plan a webinar, or even an in-person event, and invite your list members to it. Be sure to have an overall goal and theme for the event, whether online or offline.</p>
<p>S<strong>ocial Media Connections</strong> – Anyone you connect with on social media can be a prime candidate for more networking. Just make your networking goal oriented and focus on the quality of your connections over any connection. Nothing is worse than getting those automatic, canned email responses from every person you follow or connect with. Don’t do that. Instead, take the time to get to know the person before reaching out.</p>
<p>Creating a working network requires that you not only connect in these different ways, but also that you follow up with your connections in a way that makes sense. Just because someone “likes”, “follows” “connects” or even speaks to you at an event doesn’t make them a real part of your network. Following up and building a relationship with them does.</p>
<p>Take these connections and turn them into a true network by reaching out to them and answering the call to help them when asked too.</p>
<p>Everybody should be able to achieve what they want in life. But just like anything else, you need to work to hard attain that dream. With perseverance and a lot of preparation, you just might be on your way to that dream. I wish you every success in the world.</p>
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