Introducely offers you a way to leverage your personal networks to make easy money. You simply browse the listings of current requests and figure out which ones you can help with. Then, you make introductions from your personal network to meet the needs of the Requester.
Discover the benefits of putting your personal contacts to work on Introducely below and find out more about how to do it.
The Benefits of Leveraging Personal Contacts on Introducely
Leveraging your personal contacts on Introducely has benefits for everyone involved, including you, the Requester and the person you’re introducing.
For the Requester, the benefit is that they get introduced to a new contact who can help them with a challenge or goal.
For the person you introduce, the benefit depends on the needs of the Requester. For example, if someone asked to be introduced to a plumber who can do work in their bathroom and your neighbor is a plumber looking for new clients, they gain a connection that could turn into a client. Other benefits might include expanding their own networks, getting exposure in the form of speaking events or interviews, or connecting with future business partners.
And for you, the benefits can be two-fold. First, you get the enjoyment of helping two people connect and knowing that the introduction may lead to positive outcomes for them both. Then maybe in the future, you might be able to claim that you’re the reason the founders of a big company met!
But Introducely also lets you get a more tangible benefit from making introductions. Requesters who want to ensure they receive quality introductions can add payments for Introducers. You keep 100% of any reward offered by a Requester when you make a successful introduction.
How Many People Do You Really Know?
If you’re interested in the concept of connecting people who can benefit from each other — and like the idea that you can earn some money while doing so — you might be wondering if your personal network is big enough. If you think creatively, you may realize that you know a lot more people than you think you do.
Here are some examples to get you thinking about how big your personal network actually is.
- Obviously, your family is part of your personal network. But what about your family’s family? Perhaps you’ve never really met your sister-in-law’s husband’s cousin, but you know she’s a successful HR executive at a large technology company. If someone is looking for a job at a large tech company, you could use your connection to reach out and facilitate an introduction.
- The same is true of the family/friends of your friends. When you’re trying to connect people to opportunities that can benefit them, they may be willing to respond to a message such as, “I’m also a friend of Leigh’s and she told me you’re a contractor?”
- Your social network can be a great place to find people for introductions, but you can’t just ignore people you’re friends with online until it’s time to make an introduction. Make sure you’re approaching online friends you have at least some relationship with, even if it’s exchanging a few memes or comments here and there.
- Other places you can mine for personal contacts include your workplace, your neighborhood, your church and social clubs you’re a part of.
Practical Examples of Leveraging Personal Contacts Via Introducely
Still not sure how leveraging your personal contacts might work on Introducely? Here are some practical examples to inspire you.
- Your friend is the manager at an automotive repair shop. You could introduce him to people looking for expert advice on repairing or maintaining a vehicle.
- Your sister-in-law is a session musician. You might connect her with people looking for musicians to play on an album or even in a live show.
- Your neighbor does landscaping. You could introduce him to new homeowners in the area looking for someone to handle their lawn.
- Your son just opened up a computer service business. You could introduce him to small-business owners looking for help with IT needs.
- Your mom is a caterer. You could connect her with brides looking for help with their wedding or businesses seeking connections to help with events.
- Your former college roommate is a successful lab biologist. You could introduce them to people looking for academic or STEM speakers.
- The librarian at your small local branch also writes historic mysteries. You might introduce her to someone looking to write an article on indie authors.
Tips for Approaching Introductions
As you’re reaching out into your personal network to make introductions, ensure you’re following some best practices to enhance success. A lot of it comes down to common sense and politeness.
- Make sure the person you want to introduce is willing. Don’t reach out to a Requestor and suggest an introduction without some assurance that the person you have in mind would likely be willing. You don’t want to create a reputation for yourself for proposing introductions you can’t follow through on.
- Ensure that the person you introduce is credible and a good match. Also avoid suggesting people that aren’t likely to meet the Requester’s needs. You don’t need to have personal experience with the person you introduce, and an introduction is not a recommendation. But common sense should prevail. If your neighbor’s kid just started mowing lawns and someone is looking for an experienced landscaper for a hotel property, this is obviously not a good match.
- Don’t just chase the reward — think about the benefits for everyone involved. It’s okay to be motivated by the money. But when you consider all the sides, you are likely to provide better quality introductions.
- Respond in a timely manner to queries and requests. Complete introductions in a timely manner. This helps encourage people to trust you with introductions in the future.
- Be cognizant of everyone’s preferences for contact type. Pay attention to a Requester’s contact preferences and stick to them. Trying to force contact via another channel might result in a failed introduction request, which means you won’t get paid.
You likely have a bigger personal network than you realize. Sign up today and start leveraging it to make money on Introducely by connecting people you know with those that need their talents, services or stories.
About the Author
Nick Chasinov is the founder of Introducely and covers topics regarding sales, marketing, technology, networking, career growth, and all things Introducely related.