When local businesses come together across communities and across industries, they are able to learn from each other and help each other. It’s a common sense strategy, but it’s not always easy to get started.
As a small business owner, you’ve got to be an expert in your industry. But just because you know which type of power tool, running shoe, or golf club your customers should buy, doesn’t mean you know what type of internet service your stores needs or which local bank has the best terms. You could spend hours, days, or weeks doing your own research for these types of questions, or you could just ask an expert in that particular field. After all, isn’t that what you want your customers to do at your store?
For most small business needs, there’s a small business solution. From IT help to landscaping services, the answer for your business question is another local business. Just like you, the owners of these businesses are experts in their field – and they share the same appreciation for buying local. The key to finding these solutions is connecting with and recommending the other businesses in your community. That way, you’ll keep dollars in the local economy, support your fellow local business owners, and grow your business within that network of support.
Alignable makes networking with other local business owners easier than ever. Via its LinkedIn-like social media platform, Alignable users can ask questions, share tips and promote each other’s businesses. Alignable organizes users according to neighborhoods, so you’ll always get answers and recommendations that are tailored to your region. It’s an ideal place to find out what works, what doesn’t, and what hasn’t been tried in your local small business community.
By connecting with other local businesses, you can find sponsors for your next event, local service providers for administrative needs and recommendations for new local restaurants to try on your night off. Join Alignable today by visiting www.alignable.com.