Garden City, NY (WiredPRNews.com) Even more than successful men, successful women need networks for support. Behind almost every successful individual there is almost always a network of people or a number of networks.
There are actually several kinds of networks that successful women rely upon for support. The first is the family which includes parents, husband/lover, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, etc. Many very successful people have strong family networks behind them. For example many successful entrepreneurs had a spouse who was willing to work at a job to support them while they were building the businesses. Others might be able to rely upon money or loans from family members for venture capital.
The second kind of network is community which can consists of religious, ethnic, regional or neighborhood ties. An example of this kind of support would be a neighbor who watches your kids while you are working. It could consist of support from your church or other members of your ethnic community. Such networks are often vital to the success of small businesses. For example you might be able to locate workers or loans from members of your community.
There is also the broader community, this consists of contacts in your area and it come formally or informally. Informal contacts could be individuals that you meet through activities such as golf, volunteer work, child’s school, sports leagues, local government etc. Formal contacts include members of organizations such as the National Association of Professional Women or NAPW, the Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce, the PTA, political parties etc.
There is also business networking which includes those you do business with. This can include customers, suppliers, partners, those who provide venture capital, even competitors. In many cases they are the most valuable resource a successful woman has because they can teach her about the industry. They can also provide resources and skills you can get nowhere else.
Closely related to this is your professional network, people in your business or profession. This can include persons you went to school with, members of organizations, others who work for your company or organization, and persons you meet at conferences or meetings. In addition to valuable expertise these people can provide successful women with support and help.
Finally, there is the general network which means everybody that you know. This includes your family, people you went to school with, your in laws, friends, persons that you might know in other cities, states or foreign countries, people from your church. Anybody that you might know who could be a resource, such a person could be a potential customer or an investor. Successful women know that an extensive network is the most valuable resource that they have.