How to Make Helping-Out Less Time Consuming

How to Make Helping-Out Less Time ConsumingA big part of networking is helping others instead of only asking others to help you. But while you may genuinely like helping others, doing so can eat into the time you have to run your business.

So what’s a business person to do?

Here are 4 steps you can take to guard your time while also paying the help you receive from other entrepreneurs forward.


You have to eat, right? Or maybe it’s coffee you can’t do without. Arrange to meet the person who needs your help when you’re planning a break from your own work anyway. 15 minutes at a local coffee shop may be all your peer needs. If not, turn lunch, or even dinner, into meeting time.

Gather a Group

Finding time to meet up with several people individually can prove difficult. Instead, arrange a time and place to meet with at least a few of the people who need your help at once. This way, you can help four or five of those on your list in the same amount of time you’d set aside to meet with just one. If you can’t get everyone together at a convenient time, don’t give up; proceed to tip#3.

Employ Technology

If getting together with those in need of help won’t work for you, consider using technology to bridge the physical gap. Use conference calling to share your knowledge with multiple people at once or use a video conferencing option to meet with your peers virtually.

Create a Tutorial

If a fellow entrepreneur asks a question and you think your answer may help others, go ahead and make a tutorial for it. You can create a tutorial, or even a series of tutorials, in the form of a blog post, video, or podcast. With this option, you can not only direct the person who asked the question to your tutorial, but also share it on the Internet, building your reputation as an expert on the subject.

Helping others in your business network doesn’t have to be a drain on your time. Use the above tips to make helping out work for you.

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While this type of dedication can be admirable, there’s something to be said for knowing when to relax and unplug too. Taking a vacation can help you feel refreshed, avoid burnout, and look at your business from a new perspective. Continue reading

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Everyday Networking Tips You Can Use

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Grow Your Business Network With Social Media

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Top Ways to Discover Networking Events in Your Area

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3 Networking Tips to Grow Your Business

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No matter how experienced you are with networking, there’s always something to learn. And sometimes it’s the simplest tips that make a difference.

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What Is Business Networking Anyway?

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You can’t do much reading about starting, running, or growing a business without coming across quite a few mentions of business networking. Just about every expert on small business agrees that networking is crucial for success.

But just what is it?

Many sources fail to explain it or gloss over it with just a sentence or two. If you’ve been craving just a little more insight, this post is for you. Here’s what you need to know about business networking: Continue reading

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