Would you invest $10,000 in a young company which is forecast to have the same success as Microsoft? Do you have shares?
First, you do not have to pay to be a networker: you have to meet people, to manage your contacts, and to expand your network.
But to accomplish that, you need to get in touch with people, you need to meet people: how would you price the possibility of getting in touch with a client who will eventually sign with you the biggest ever deal for your company? How would you value the possibility to get in touch with your future employer, in the industry you always have been passionate about?
With online networks, you can do a lot for free: invite people, access the profiles of your contacts' contacts, find a job.
Nevertheless, most of those sites Business Models include a Premium Membership. And some of them organize meetings. But anyway, are you paying for your alumni association? This is one of the first 5 steps to increase your visibility!
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