Some of my biggest business deals have been made through my networking and communication skills.
It’s one thing to sit behind your computer and work all day, but it’s a whole other to get out from behind the screen and start networking face-t0-face.
If you’re serious about taking your web hosting business to the next level, you need to start attending some conferences!
HostingCon Global is probably one of the most well-known so make it appoint to attend at least once a year. You’ll be amazed at the number of opportunities that come up just getting in the same city as thousands of other web hosting “nerds.”
This year, HostingCon Global is going to be held from July 24 – 27 in New Orleans, Louisiana! I’m also going to be holding a speaking session on Inbound Marketing!
I’m not just putting over HostingCon, but the majority of my “big deals” have been made at conferences, in restaurants, and even on airplanes! Always be ready for when the opportunity presents itself. You never know who you could be sitting beside, so it’s important to always conduct yourself in a professional manner.
Aside from HostingCon Global, there are a number of other smaller conferences and micro meet-ups that happen all over the United States. Make it a point to visit web hosting forums such as Web Hosting Talk to see where everyone else is going. I even found a local WordPress group on LinkedIn where I was able to garner over $1,000 a month in business!
In conclusion, it’s very important to meet others in your industry. The old saying, “it’s not how much you know, but who you know” couldn’t be more true than it is in business. Networking presents unique opportunities that aren’t available to everyone, so you want to take advantage of them as often as you can.
Get out there – get known – and make good deals!
Ryan Gray is the founder and CEO of NameHero, one of the fastest growing independent web hosts in the United States. Ryan has been working online since 1998 and has over two-decades experience in Internet Entrepreneurship.