Introducely is a platform that lets you connect people from your network with other people who want to meet them. The people who want to be introduced to others are called Requesters, and they can offer a payment for introductions to help ensure they get quality responses.
As a professional with a large network of your own, you may be able to make introductions and collect those payments. Find out about the benefits of leveraging your professional network on Introducely below, and get some practical examples of how it might work before reading up on best practices to help support your success.
Why Leverage Your Professional Contacts With Introducely?
One of the main reasons you might work as an Introducer on the platform is that you can earn some money by doing so. Requesters set their own payments for successful introductions, and as an Introducer, you keep 100% of the pay offered for introductions you complete. There aren’t limits on how much you can make, so it’s really up to your willingness to connect people and the quality and expansiveness of your network.
And you might be surprised by how big that network is or how many people you can reach out to when making introductions! Check out the section below for some concrete examples to inspire you.
Money isn’t the only reward you get when introducing people on Introducely, though. Making those connections can come with some less tangible benefits — for you and for those you introduce:
- You get the satisfaction of knowing you played a role in connecting two people that might be able to help each other or who might go on to do something together.
- You may expand your own network even more as you go about making introductions and interacting with Requesters. That can help you personally in the future and also make it easier to earn money on the platform.
- If you connect someone from your professional network with another person who offers them an opportunity, you’ve gained some social capital or goodwill points with that person. This might be of benefit later in your career if you need their assistance — such as if they’re in the position to write you a recommendation letter. They may remember you connecting them with the opportunity and be more willing to take action on your behalf.
- The people you introduce get a new connection that might end up being an important resource for them, or the introduction might result in a new opportunity or meet a need they have.
Practical Examples of Professional Contacts You Might Use on Introducely
But how, realistically, can you use your professional contacts to make introductions and earn money on Introducely? The details depend on the type of professional network you have, but we’ve come up with some concrete examples to help you understand how it works.
- You might be a journalist. A journalist typically has a large list of professional contacts including other writers, editors and publishers as well as an eclectic mix of professionals, experts and others who have been interviewing subjects or sources through the years. You could leverage this network by recommending sources you know to Requesters on Introducely who want to interview someone in a specific niche or need a speaker. You might also connect editors with people looking for assistance with their own writing or suggest a publisher to someone who is looking for advertising opportunities.
- Perhaps you’re a marketer. Marketers may have worked with dozens of companies and clients in the past and retained those personal contacts. Now, you could connect those clients with marketing agencies or others looking for new clients. You could also connect people from various industries you worked with in the past to someone looking to add individuals to industry panel discussions or other opportunities.
- Maybe you’re connected to event planning. Whether you’re the actual event planner, a caterer, a florist or someone else commonly involved in weddings, conferences and other events, you have probably built up an impressive list of past clients and contacts within your industry. You could connect people from your professional network with individuals looking for event-planning services or delve into your contact list to make introductions on wider ranging topics.
- You might be in sales. Sales professionals collect contacts almost as a side effect of their work. Your contact list might include past and present clients, people who didn’t buy for various reasons but who you still had a connection with, fellow salespeople, and those who you have cultivated as a referral network. You may be able to put your contact list — and your skills at connecting people with solutions — to make introductions of all types on the platform.
As you can see, Introducely lets you leverage professional contacts in a variety of ways. It’s up to you to think about your professional network and how you might make introductions to help those people while earning a bit of money yourself.
Important Best Practices for Introducing Professional Contacts on the Platform
Staying professional and following some best practices can be important to support your work on Introducely. Here are a few important things to keep in mind as you consider requests and make introductions:
- Follow regulations, rules and expectations for your niche. A doctor can’t get on Introducely and start suggesting his or her patients to Requesters, for example. That breaches patient privacy expectations and could break laws such as HIPAA. If your contacts are from a highly-regulated, privacy-heavy niche, tread lightly. It doesn’t mean you can’t use Introducely at all; you just have to be careful. A doctor could, for example, potentially use other clinical or administrative contacts to make Introductions on the platform.
- Be cognizant of your own professional needs. If you’re building your own marketing client list, for example, do you really want to introduce your competition to potential clients? And if you’re employed by someone else, you also may need to ensure your Introducely activity isn’t taking business away from your employer. While you’re at it, read any employment or freelancer contracts you’ve signed to ensure you are free to “moonlight” in this way to earn money.
- Don’t throw out random introduction suggestions. Do a little work to ensure the person is a decent fit and that they are more than likely willing to be introduced. If Requesters notice that you’re always providing suggestions that you can’t follow through with, they may stop selecting your introduction proposals.
- Respond to everything in a timely manner. Keep up with your Introducely activity once you start replying to requests so you can complete introductions in a timely manner.
Learn more about how Introducely works, and then sign up today. You can start leveraging your professional networks to make a bit of cash within minutes.
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.