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Learn to Run Your Business Better – Social Networking Groups

It is thrilling to learn to run your business better by participating in social networking groups.  Social networking sites are increasing in popularity among individuals and businesses. In its October 2014 issue, the magazine Popular Photography stated that 72.5% of photographers post their photos to social media and that 56.2% post their photographs to Facebook. While the bad points of social networking sites are often discussed, there are good things that come from social networking sites. One of the good things that comes from social networking sites is that entrepreneurs can learn ways to do business better. 

In a previous article, this blog talked about the fact that entrepreneurs should ABL – Always Be Learning. Entrepreneurs who want to run their businesses better should always look for ways to learn to  run their businesses better, more efficiently and more profitably. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are three of the many sites entrepreneurs can use to learn to be better at business. All three of these groups have groups dedicated to a variety of fields, industries and business types. By visiting these groups, entrepreneurs can learn what others are doing, experiencing and thinking in their industries.
When an entrepreneur uses social networking in order to learn to do business better, it is important to learn to separate gossip from good information. It is important for entrepreneurs to realize that while social networking groups can be a good source to learn good things, it can also be a source of gossip and misinformation. While participating in social networking groups, entrepreneurs must be careful not to contribute gossip to the conversations that take place. One reason for this is that the internet lasts forever. This means that if you contribute gossip to a conversation today, potential clients, partners, and customers may see that gossip and have a negative reaction.
As an entrepreneur who engages in social networking, it is important to be careful because what you say and do on the internet creates your on-line reputation. Keep in mind that social networking sites are a good place to learn how to be better at your business and they are also a way to advertise your business to the world.
In conclusion, it is thrilling to learn to run your business better by participating in social networking groups. So, the question for you this thrilling day is, are you participating in any social networking groups for your business?


Janeane Davis

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  • I so agree. Social networking is a huge thing when it comes to business. Even the HUGE companies have joined in the social media world.

  • Hi Janeane, I agree with many of the points you make in this article. Many times people fail to check if things they hear (even from a trusted source) are gossip or legit information. I am a member of many social networking groups and admin a few as well, it's important to always double or even better triple check your information. In the end what you post reflects on you.

  • I participate both as a blogger and for my media job. What you say on social media when you represent a company is extremely important.. one nasty comment and your company's reputation is down the drain, as is your job!

  • Social networking has made a huge difference in growing my business. It's a great resource when used properly.

  • I'm really just beginning to get the hang of combining social media with the rest of my work. For the longest time it was hard for me to grasp how to learn to manage my professional life with social media. But I've finally found a groove.

  • I am always very cautious about what I say and do online, because this is my place of business. You have to be active on social media, but you don't have to be crass or rude.

  • I have learned a lot in social networking groups, but I do my best to handle issues with individuals via private messaging/email/in person rather than online out in the open. I also try to research anything shared with me in these groups, because my business is just that, and others may not necessarily have the best motives.

    • This is very important. Just as you would not handle disputes with a real world colleague out loud in the cafeteria, you should not call social networking colleagues on the carpet publicly.

  • What would we do in this biz without social networking? Gotta have it!

  • I love networking with others. I have made many new friends through social networking who have helped me quite a bit with my business

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