We have all heard of the saying, your network determines your net-worth and while the statement might sound cliche', I believe the statement to be true. As an entrepenur, you will come to the realization, if you haven't already, that building connections and relationships can benefit your business. Now it's not the end all, be all if you don't but relationship building is definitely a good thing. As I continue to build and grow my brand, I've met some pretty cool people along the way. How did I do this?
Well, I like to attend networking events that pertain to my particular interests of organization, women empowerment, entrepreneurship amongst other things. Recently, I attended the Rise Empowerment Conference in DC where I served as a volunteer to assist with the operations. However, I still had the opportunity to hear other entrepreneurs share their personal testimonies and entrepreneurial advice. It was really inspiring because I was able to connect with some amazing women!
Necole Kane, trailblazer and founder of XoNecole, was just one of the many amazing women that I had the opportunity to meet. I believe the Universe conspired this setup because just a few days before the conference, Necole emailed her subscribers about her transitioning from L.A. back to the East Coast. But what resonated with me within her email, was Necole encouraging others to purge and to let go of things that no longer served them - whether it be people or materialistic belongings, let it go. Why? Because life is just way too short to boggled down by things we no longer need or bring us any joy. Necole moved back to the East Coast with only a few suitcases and donated and sold her remaining items beforehand. While, reading the article, I was fist pumping the air and nodding profusely in agreement because organizing and purging is what I do! So, when I met her, I expressed to her that I thoroughly enjoyed reading her piece and that it aligned with my business. I just wanted her to know that her piece re-affirmed my purpose.
Your network = your net-worth.
So, after exchanging a few business cards, I made sure to organize them inside of my 'professional business card holder' from Samsill. Why? Well, how many of you have left an event with a handful of business cards, but once you return home and go through your belongings, you were unable to locate them? Maybe you lost them because they were placed inside of your wallet, purse or pocket in a hurry?
It's easy to get sidetracked and I can relate because I've made that mistake but the 'business card holder' prevents me from losing another business card!
As an organizer, I always stress the importance of having a designated space for your items because it makes it easier to locate them. Before, the 'business card holder', I re-purposed a small box to store my business cards (see pic above) but the only problem was that I had to pull out each business card just to find the one I was looking for. Now, it wasn't a huge issue because I didn't have a lot of business cards but it still wasn't the ideal solution.
I'm always looking for products that will enhance my lifestyle! So, when Samsill sent me their 'business card holder' I was excited, like a kid in the candy store which may sound silly. But hey - some people like clothes, shoes, or makeup but me - well, I love organizing products.
The clear slots allows me to quickly view the cards. The holder also comes equipped with 160 slots! I absolutely love the extra storage space inside of the holder that I use to store my business cards which makes it easier for me to retrieve and hand out when at a networking event.
I'm able to easily store it inside of my purse which I find to be very convenient. It's also very durable, sturdy and chic which allows me to be organized in style. But I was surprised at how lightweight it was even with it's durability. My box was unable to protect my business cards against any stains or other damages which is important and that's exactly what my business holder does.
Now you see why I ditched the box because it's so much simpler to flip through the holder, find the card I need to reference. and it offers protection.
Every item should have a designated space.
I understand we live in a digital world but I like to find a balance between technology and doing things the "old fashioned way." I say this because someone said to me, "just take a picture of the business card and attach it to the contact within your phone." That's not a bad idea but it's just not my preferred method which is fine because we have to do what works best for us. I still prefer tangible items like business cards because I enjoy the texture and visual aesthetics that are associated with them. Believe it or not, the texture and aesthetics of your business card can keep the conversation going when you're attending these networking events. And it's tools like the 'business card holder' that makes it's easier to keep track of all of my business cards and store them in one place.
Yes, it's 2017 and we have social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter which are great but I hate to burst your bubble because social media may not be around forever. I say this because I've heard people mention that people can just look them up on social media. But your business card is your own - it belongs to you! The business card is still a very powerful and impactful resource. Why? Because it:
- can connect you with other entrepreneurs to possibly create potential partnerships
- can keep people engaged by extending the conversation at networking events
- can drive traffic to your website and social media pages if nicely designed
So, if you still had any doubts about your network determining your net-worth then shake off those doubts. One of the wonderful things about entrepreneurship is that you can find creative ways to generate income and networking with like-minded individuals is a great start.
*Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.*