20 Business Social Networking Sites

Several people are active users of the sites such as Twitter and Facebook to promote and endorse their businesses. For those people who are looking to connect with more business-related contacts, they can turn to sites like LinkedIn to build up relationship with some people they have worked with or may want to work with. This activity is what they referred to as business social networking.

With the increasing applications of business social networking by business professionals, there is also increasing number of business social networking sites for different users and meeting their needs and desires. These are the business social networking sites for entrepreneurs, business experts and professionals that are important to look.

1. biznik – This is the community for entrepreneurs and small businesses enthusiastic in helping each other to succeed.

2. cympitch – This is a business social networking website for United Kingdom entrepreneurs for them to find quotes, advices and more.
3. cofoundr – This is an online society for entrepreneurs, designers, investors, and other folks involved in starting new business enterprises.
4. efactor – This is an online community and virtual marketplace intended for entrepreneurs.
5. ecademy – This business social networking site is for producing contact and also sharing information and knowledge.
6. e.connect.entrepreneur – This is an online society where business professionals and business experts can network, communicate and work in partnership with others.
7. fastpitchnetworking – This is a business network where in experts and professionals can promote and endorse their businesses and build connections.
8. focus – This is an online community where it focuses on helping business experts, business professionals, and IT professionals in making decisions.
9. jasezone – This is a professional community where in you can easily discover prospective clients and business partners.
10. LinkedIn – This is a professional network that permits people to be introduced to and work together with other professionals.
11. networkingofrprofessionals – This is a business network that merge online business networking and real-life events.
12. partnerup – This is an online community where in small business owners and entrepreneurs are connected.
13. perfectbusiness – This is a network of entrepreneurs, investors, business experts, and professionals that promotes entrepreneurship and joint success.
14. plaxo – This is an improved address book tool in networking and staying in contact.

15. ryze – This is an online business networking community that permits users to organize themselves by interests, locations, and current and past employers.
16. startupnation – This is an online society that focuses on the exchanging of ideas between entrepreneurs and business owners.
17. upspring – This is a social networking site mainly for promotions and social networking.
18. xing – This is a business network in Europe with basically more than 7 million members.
19. youngentrepreneur – This is a forum-based site generally for entrepreneurs and small business owners who are obsessive in promoting and endorsing their businesses.
20. ziggs – This is s professional link portal founded because of the principles of professionalism and respect.

What the Future Holds for Social Networking

Social networking is visiting – in its broadest and most expansive sense. Since we take from it what we need, so it is a convertible concept, and means different things to different people. Social networking will evolve to some extent, but it will remain with us in the future with the same basic character. Why? For the same reasons it became popular in the first place:

• A fun and fast way to talk to others, to compare and contrast ideas, thoughts, and opinions.

• An easy, inexpensive way to generate income from home

• A means of social change. The social consciousness of the sixties is repeating itself, in an effective and responsible way.

• A family connection; Socially networking draws families together and allows them to remain close.

Complaints

It’s all good, but still, it seems that many have a nit to pick. Some feel that privacy considerations will limit the effect of social sites in the future. Look around you, folks-who has privacy? At least, no one is forced to go on a Social networking site; it’s voluntary.

Some complain that there is little interaction with the outside internet and that users on one site cannot interact with users on another site. The specific complaint is that “By restricting your ability to interact with outside sites, they also restrict your ability to choose another site and still maintain your relationships and ability to contact your friends.” In actuality, there is no reason why a user on one site cannot add his friends to another site.

Facebook vs. Google and Others

Contrary to the opinion of some, social networking did not begin with Geocities. Geocities was great, but it is not an early example of what we have come to know. Social sites began with Facebook.

Here we have an innocent creation by some ingenious college kids who were overwhelmed when their idea developed a life of its own, and were smart enough not to interfere to much, just to let their fledgling website take wing, and not to interfere too much. Its growth was natural and unself-conscious. Yes, Mark Zuckerberg will enter the annals of history-and why not?

Although the future of social networking in its entirety may be somewhat unpredictable, are some facets that will remain stable, and Facebook is one of them. Facebook is neither an exclusive club nor a respecter of person. It bridges cultural, generational and economic worlds, and remains equally available to everyone. People all over the globe communicate on Facebook.

Facebook is where cooks find recipes, ministers find help with their sermons, teachers share lesson plans, teenagers get together to study, senior citizens experience a window on the world, and endure much less loneliness than those of their generation have in the past. Everyone feels welcome and finds their own niche.

Facebook will continue to be the biggest and most widespread social networking site; it will lead us into the future -and well it should.

Will others rival it? We’ll see, but it’s doubtful. Some sites, such as Google, are large enough and powerful enough to develop their own social outlets. Google is great, and it will develop a flavor and character all its own; however, there is only one Facebook, and in general, well-meaning copyists will pale in comparison.

A Boon to Society

In the future, social networking will help solve many of society’s problems. As the author pointed out in a recent ezine article, social networking helps can create “first responders…” and enable us all to be “part of the solution…” when a natural disaster occurs. FEMA is not complaining. The author reminds us that “…..after a natural disaster, we are all in this together, and therefore we all need to work together and leverage all of our tools….and our network of friends.”

Evolutionary Connections

Yes, social media is a great phenomenon, some media pundits suggest that it will go the way of the dot com., but that will not happen. Social media will outlive the usual fads. Social media networking sites focus on the interests of individuals in society as a whole, not just the economic priorities of a specific group. The future of social networking is a controversial and thought-provoking subject, and debate is good for us all, but in the end, it is here to stay. It is, and will be part of the fabric of our lives.

Social networking is the trend of the future, but it is also the church social, the barn dance, the USO, and the club scene of the past. This interconnection with history and tradition will ensure that social sites will be here for eons to come.

How Valuable Are Your Online Friends? Does the Time Spent In Social Networking Really Pay Off?

What is the value of a friend on Facebook? Did you know there are some companies that will provide you with fake virtual online friends for price? I’m not sure what they are charging these days, maybe it’s 10 for $10, and you get the 11th one free? That seems pretty silly doesn’t it? Okay so let’s talk about all these topics for second shall we?

Not long ago, someone mentioned to me after reading an article I’d written on this topic that he’d noticed an interesting trend in our society with regards to online “friends” on social networks. He stated; “The more acquaintances you can amass, the greater the chance you will have someone to turn to in need.”

Now then, I understand the concept of amassing “friends” online to network and improve the chances of getting help in time of need. Maybe that’s why so many people wish to be my friend? I hate to think that everyone contacting me “wants something” but alas that is the mentality of so many folks – they want a stimulus, food stamps, a new job, or some gift from the gods, such as the old fat mean-spirited lady who reads romance novels where an ultra-rich, good looking, muscular hunk rescues them from mundaneness. I just see this sort of nonsense as counter-productive and much akin to playing the lottery, after all if one amasses enough lottery tickets they are bound to eventually win? I see it all as petty, and quite telling of society’s mentality.

Okay so, you might indeed see it differently, in fact, you might be all in when it comes to getting friends on Facebook or your other social networking websites. If that’s your goal to amass the highest number of friends to surpass your other friends (real or imaginary), and therefore find self-validation, then go for it. Who am I to tell you what your life’s goals should be? To each his own I say. Nevertheless, one could ask the question; is this even healthy for human societies, not just here the United States, but everywhere else in the world as well.

There are over 1 billion people on Facebook alone, and even if 10% of those people are make believe and bogus profiles that still leaves 900 million people and that is a large percentage of the Earth’s population. Not only that, but Facebook is hardly the only social networking website online. Why not do a self-study, why not ask all your friends on your social networking site to help you with some important project that you have or to send you money. How many of those friends that you have would be so inclined to help you?

You probably haven’t asked anyone for help so far on your social networking site, so this would be a new thing. Indeed, many individuals believe that amassing friends is a smart way to go in case these individual users are ever in need. Of course, accumulating friends in advance to ask them for something is not a very friendly thing to do, is it? What happened to self-reliance? I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Low-Wage Workers, Wealth Building, and the Magic of Network Marketing

Finding A Solution

What is the solution to helping low-wage workers? It is a tough question to answer but I do believe that a viable solution can be found. However, with a solution, a simple way for low-income earners to earn more income, low-income earners will need to have or develop the desire to want to earn more and to better their life. They must change their thinking- their core beliefs. Without a strong desire and the right thinking (core beliefs), you or no one outside of you can help you, the low-wage worker, to change your life and financial situation.

Network Marketing – A Viable Solution

The Network Marketing industry has proven to be a powerful way for individuals to earn more income and best of all it is a much easier industry to get into when considering starting a business. Many companies today offer free start up packages or kits with a web site to new distributors. Therefore, getting started in a part-time business, a money making venture, is easy. With that said, low-wage workers have the optimum chance of changing their financial situation. In addition, with a dedicate up line who truly helps their down line members, low-wage workers or anyone who joins will not be in business by themselves. In contrast, starting a traditional business requires a huge upfront out lay of cash to get it started.

For low-wage workers, this factor completely cuts them off from starting a business and changing their financial situation. Even with a traditional business, you are not guaranteed success or enough profits to change your financial situation significantly. However, with network marketing, you have the potential to build a network that purchases or uses a key product or service that they love and need on a daily, monthly, and yearly basis. With a growing network, your profit continues to grow right along with your network. A key secret the wealthy know is that to build wealth they need to build a network or have assets that continually kick off income to them whether they are their in person working to bring in that income or not. For low-income earners, network marketing gives them this opportunity to build an income-producing network. Low-wage worker, imagine you getting into a network marketing opportunity with a product or service that you wholeheartedly believe in, that gives you positive results every time you use it. You get into the opportunity, say for just $10 with a $10 per month product or service cost, and initially you got started just to try the product or service. After the first month, you notice that the product or service benefited you greatly from it usage.

With this positive first hand result, you now have a great story to tell others of how this product or service solved a particular problem for you, or helped eased a painful condition for you. With this story, you now can go and show and share this product or service with others. If you are in the business as an independent associate or distributor, you can share in the profits of every one you show the product or service to, when they become a customer. In traditional businesses, if you tell someone of a product or service and he or she becomes a customer of the company that sells this product; you are not paid for this- are you? However, some companies may pay you a one-time finder’s fee for getting them a new customer but that is it. With network marketing, you are paid repeatedly every time the new customer makes a purchase. What would you rather do? Refer new customers for a one-time commission or refer new customers for repeated commissions from that same referral. This is a no-brainer. Get paid for something you would normally do for free. If a company wants to pay you for bringing them new business then I say let them. This is what you have in Network Marketing. In good companies, you are paid over, and over again for the same referrals.

It has Been Here for Centuries….

Network marketing has been here for centuries and over the years in the form of direct sales and it has gotten better and better every year. Yes there has been some controversy over the validity of network marketing but it has survived all of the negative media attention and now it has become one of, if not, the very best ways to increase your income, build a business, and a network that can provide you with wealth beyond your wildest dreams. No, it is not a get rich quick scheme. Network marketing is a distribution system that can bring a product or service to the marketplace from the manufacturer straight to the customer. In light of a traditional business, this is an ideal system for bringing new products and services to the marketplace. However, what would we do with all those retail stores? I guess they would have to manufacture their own products. To check the validity of network marketing just ask a lawyer who have defended network marketing companies, or distributors.

I am sure that you will find out that network marketing is truly a real opportunity for starting a business. You can even check with the U. S. chamber of Commerce although they may called it direct sales, direct selling, or affiliate marketing, etc. It all boils down to network marketing and residual income. Today’s employees can no longer depend on their employer-funded retirement programs if the job even has one. If you are a low-wage worker, you know company benefits, retirement programs are non-existent. By starting a network marketing business on the side, you give yourself your own retirement program. With your own network, you give yourself an unlimited income and retirement resource that you may be able to will to your love ones. You can never do this in a low-wage job.

How To Get Started In Network Marketing

The simple way to get started in network marketing is to find a company that has products or services that you wholeheartedly believe in and can get enthusiastic about the company and its business opportunity. With your genuine enthusiasm and excitement, you can be that much more convincing (believable) when you tell others about your product or service and ask them to try the products.

Once the believability and trust is established between you and your prospects, your business building will become easier. However, this may take a while maybe 6 months, a year, or more but when it happens you will have a thriving, growing network marketing business. You simply have to stay in long enough and keep doing the things that can build your business. Another way is to find a company with unique products and services that are highly needed in society and that no other company has. If consumers are in need of these products and services, if only this company has them, and if they are affordable, you then have the makings of the ultimate opportunity. Well, you can actually cut out the (ifs) because there is such a company with unique products and services that are highly needed in today’s society.

Every North American and Canadian family needs these products and services. The only company that has these unique products and services- who also is the founder of this industry in North America- has made these products highly affordable and now has made it super easy for anyone to get into the business. If you are a parent in today’s society, you could very well be saying to your family, “you are not worth me getting these products and services for our family” By not becoming a member of this company PPL.

A complete membership with this company gives your family a blanket of protection they need to give them and you peace of mind. In addition, you get this one service for free that generally can cost from $500 to $1,500 or more just for becoming a member and getting the expanded plan. This one free service lets you write the ultimate love letter to your love ones. This one free service alone makes becoming a member and/or an independent associate a no-brainer.

In conclusion

Network marketing allows anyone with dreams of wanting more for their family, earning more, or starting a meaningful business for the security and time freedom to spend quality time with their family, friends, and love ones to get started with minimal risk and huge rewards. Network marketing has been around for years and has developed into a serious life-changing gem of an opportunity for anyone who gets in and takes this industry and opportunity seriously. Billionaires and millionaires are now beginning to see the huge potential this opportunity- Network Marketing- can provide anyone. In short, it is a no-brainer for low-wage workers and the ultimate solution and opportunity to change anyone’s financial and lifestyle.

Leveraging in Network Marketing Today

Network marketing today will help you in achieving the status of a financial freedom society. This is due to the way such MLM businesses are structured making it one of the greatest money making systems in the economy today where you are able to start with a low capital, and make high returns. Not only do you not have to carry any inventory, but overheads are minimal as well, thereby enhancing the attractiveness of this small home based business opportunity.

As per Robert Kiyosaki, when he first heard about network marketing, he was against the idea. However after opening his mind, he began to see the advantages of network marketing that few other business opportunities offer.

Do not be mistaken that MLM businesses are part of the get rich quick money making systems. If you expect to succeed in network marketing today, you will be required to make a commitment and be focused. In addition, you will need to be able to rally others in the organization including uplines, downlines, and even sidelines so as to effectively leverage on the team.

In network marketing, you must remember that you cannot work alone. It is a business where teamwork is of utmost importance. One of the finest principles to note is the principle of edification. Take a look at the successful network marketers and you will find that they have perfected this skill. Not only do they edify their uplines, but equally so for their downlines as well. Most importantly, this edification is to be done in front of prospects and other team members.

Edifying a team member builds credibility especially for that member and gives him/her an air of authority when dealing with prospects and other team members. This also serves to encourage each other and build a bonding amongst team members.

Emphasis is placed on helping the whole network to grow. As an upline, it is part of your responsibility to train, guide, and coach your downlines. However as your network grows, you may not be bale to give full attention to all in your team. It is to your advantage to work closely with your sidelines as well as uplines.

Once all in your network are fully trained, you would promote duplication where your downlines are expected to help their downlines just like how you helped them. If your downlines had seen and learnt from your example, they would have a good role model to follow. When they are able to effectively take care of their downlines, the process of duplication is almost complete and this allows you to leverage on their time which is of great benefit to you.

Also do remember that you are in a business for yourself but not by yourself. It is imperative that everyone in the organization promotes teamwork and helps to ‘look out’ for each other. When you project a cohesive team of people working towards a common objective, prospects will feel more comfortable joining your team.

Once you have successfully leveraged on this, this small home based business opportunity can be one of those money making systems that continually generate residual income for you. This goes a long way in helping you leverage your way to success in MLM businesses and you are one step closer to building a financial freedom society with your small home based business opportunity.