How to Connect with Others in Your Industry

Working with other people is one of the greatest ways to find success in the business world. While one company might be able to advertise and sell a successful product, two companies helping each other out can provide a huge safety net. Connecting with others in the industry is essential for making effective deals for both parties.

Use Coworking Spaces

The best way to practice connecting with other companies is by connecting with your coworkers and employees. While meetings are a great way to evaluate your constituents’ long-term and daily plans, they can become too formal and vocally oriented. Connecting people sometimes requires you to loosen and up and focus on directly working together.

Coworking spaces can be perfect for this. Rather than keeping people huddled in their cubicle, people can pitch in ideas that they have in an open environment. Facing one another can help you have honest conversations about the route your company is going in a relaxed way.

Join Networking Groups

As you develop a stronger working relationship with your employees, you should seek opportunities to connect with other businesses. Joining an organization in your industry can help you find resources to succeed. Not only do they open the door for networking moments, but organizations also often provide training workshops and speeches from successful people in your industry.

The industry you choose to join may depend on your company’s needs. Some organizations provide a diverse pool of classes and speeches to learn from, others provide a focused approach on a single topic. Whatever you think works, just remember to share your business name and products regularly.

Host an Event of Your Own

It might even be worth it to host an event of your own. Preferably, you should contact the other business owner about the event. Be incredibly clear about the expectations of the meeting, saying that you think a deal between your businesses could work. While you can invite more businesses to the event, having one can make it more straightforward.

If you decide to go ahead with multiple companies, you should present the event as a networking party. This can help people naturally connect, and may lead to successful follow-up phone calls. There are even ways to do this during the pandemic.

Improving the way you network will help you in the long run. People enjoy working with those that treat them with respect and remain optimistic. Don’t let your fear of rejection cloud your ability to reach out to others.

Experience the benefits of a coworking space for yourself at San Angelo Studios! Start by contacting us to get a free day to try it. 

Is the Age of the 9-to-5 Workday Coming to an End? 5 Ways Businesses are Ditching the Status-Quo and Embracing Flexible Work

While the flexible and remote workspace isn’t a new concept, the upending ramifications of Covid-19 has put the entire business industry in new territory whether they were ready or not. Below are 5 ways companies are shifting the office-space norm to a new modern-era of the workplace. 

 

Virtual Team Management

 

Over the last 6 months in the USA there has been a revolution of the working mindset. Companies have embraced remote work set-ups utilizing collaborative platforms such as Google Suite, Basecamp, or Sococo to manage teams, projects, and meetings. These innovative platforms have displayed that working collaboratively outside of the board room is entirely possible, and may even be more productive to schedule management. 

Virtual Team

Flexible Schedules

Some companies have gone so far as to say they worry only about deadlines and not a set work day. If you’re getting your work done on time, who really cares if you did it at 9:00AM or 7:00PM? This has been the appeal of freelancers and contractors around the world. This opens up the pool of potential employees to military dependents stationed oversees, persons residing in foreign companies, or caregivers with outstanding contributions to your business, but have obligations at home restricting them from the standard office. 

 

Global Team Members

As mentioned above, moving outside of the standard office building to a new virtually connected company opens the doors to a vast and diverse workforce.  You may have an ideal employee who cannot relocate. Why lose out on their expertise when remote work set-ups allows them to be a part of your team? Or perhaps your start-up isn’t located in a big city with a hub of potential employees around the corner. If the culture of 2020 has taught us anything, it’s been that diverse viewpoints, backgrounds, and living experiences strengthen the collective foundation of a business place. Utilize the rural-based web developer who understands the needs of specialty internet shopping or hire the single parent living in the city who sees innovation benefit of prompt delivery services first hand. 

Global Team

Remote Individual Workspace

Another unseen benefit of “the new virtual office” is fewer workplace liabilities. Some companies operating completely remote don’t have to foot the bill of a large rental space or the insurance for the people and products within the building. There are companies that restructured those business costs to their employees by giving them a budget to outfit a comfortable home office or a stipend to maintain membership at a co-working space supplied with copiers, fax machines, fast and reliable internet access, and coffee. It’s in our human nature to make our work spaces comfortable whether that is in aesthetics, pictures, or comfortable seating. Allowing employees their ultimate individualized space will see more creative output, less burn-out, and overall increased mental health. 

 

Increased Social Media and Online Presence

With less foot traffic brought on with Covid restrictions, many businesses have embraced the innovation needed to keep customers. This has resulted in all-new ways of communicating and connecting online both as a producer and a consumer. Businesses are learning how people consume online and realizing it works. We’ve never lived in a more virtually connected world, so why have services remained in brick and mortar facilities? New audiences and clients are accessible as your online platform grows. Why limit your reach to the people who can only physically enter your store or sit at your desk for a meeting? 

 

We can call it the “new normal” but this may be the era of the largest global business growth in recent history. Don’t let this opportunity to recreate or break out of the old pass you by.