Succeeding in business is never easy, but without a contact network it is much harder than it needs to be. I want to take the opportunity to introduce you to a Yorkshire based business network community called thebizniz.com
I joined thebizniz.com a couple of years ago, and it has been very useful for Daftdog Web Design. Since starting Daftdog Web Design I have learned a lot. I’ve learned new skills, and I’ve learned about how to run a business. Some things I’ve learned I’ve learned the hard way, by making mistakes. Since joining thebizniz.com I’ve learned a lot about running a business from people who have made their own mistakes, and survived them. I’ve made friends, made money, and saved money. I’ve had a good time, and I’ve met people I otherwise wouldn’t have met.
“Our business is helping your business.”
thebizniz.com run informal personal networking events in the East Yorkshire area which are ideal for serial networkers, for beginners to networking, and for those who quake with fear at the thought of addressing a room full of silent people. The meetings are as much a social event as a network event. There are usually two meetings a month, and they’re held in the evening. Food is usually provided, for which there is no charge. You do however have to buy your own drinks at the bar!
They have a UK-wide website that’s free to join, www.thebizniz.com, and is an excellent resource. It is a support service and business directory for business owners. Members have a platform where they can find out who is attending events, and book places at the events. There are facilities on the website for free members, and enhanced facilities for paying or ‘premium’ members.
Once you’ve joined thebizniz.com you have the option to fill in a member’s profile. This helps other members to find you and find out about the things you do. As with many on-line resources you get out what you put in, and the better your profile and the more you use the site the more you can use the information to grow your business.
“People don’t do business with businesses. They do business with people.”
thebizniz.com is not expensive. Once you join as a basic member you get access to your first personal networking meeting at no cost. You’ll have to buy your own drinks, but you get food for free. This first meeting allows you to experience the informal networking style without committing to anything. If you decide you like the format, you have two options.
- You can stay a basic member, and pay a £10 attendance fee when you go to networking meetings.
- You can become a paying member, with no attendance fee, and receive additional benefits that basic members don’t have.
Basic members can create ‘tenders’, where they can ask businesses to tender for jobs. Paying members also have access to a ‘trading post’, where they can advertise their services to everyone, opportunities to ‘sponsor’ networking events for additional promotion, a free newsletter, and often discounts from other paying members.
Paying members have a rolling monthly contract, with no long-term ties, that costs £20 per month. This is the same price as a basic member will pay to attend the two meetings a month, so if you find you like being at thebizniz.com networking events becoming a paying member and receiving the extra benefits for free is a bit of a no-brainer.
Go to www.thebizniz.com and create a profile for your business. It doesn’t cost anything, and there’s no obligation. When you’ve done that give them a ring on 01482 968118 or 07594 046032 and see what thebizniz.com can do for you. If you can’t contact Scott then call me (Steve) on 07904 969579 and I’ll talk to you about business networking with thebizniz.com[UPDATE 20.10.2014] The website is in a state of flux at the moment, so please bear with us as we work to get it sorted out! Thanks.