Networking online is vital in today’s business environment. Here’s an alphabetical list of business social networking sites, forums and, online communities. These social networks for professionals are great places to expand your business and make friends, too.
Updated for 2018.
Websites For Networking Online
Doostang, “a part of Talent Inc., is an online career network connecting individuals with finance and consulting jobs.” It originally began as a networking group for students and graduates from the top-ranking universities and MBA programs. https://www.doostang.com/
Jobcase is “one place to manage all things work related, especially the wisdom, experience, and connections of 70 million+ other Jobcasers. https://www.jobcase.com/
LinkedIn is “a place to find and leverage professional opportunities, now and throughout your career. There are already 13 million professionals in the LinkedIn Network and that number is growing fast. LinkedIn is an irreplaceable resource for building your professional relationships and achieving your goals. Locating connections is as easy as a simple lookup for employees listed under any businesses you worked for.” http://www.linkedin.com/
LinkedIn ProFinder is an extension of the business networking site. It’s a freelance marketplace that connects its vast database of professionals and clients. https://www.linkedin.com/profinder
Related: Introduction to LinkedIn ProFinder and the Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn ProFinder
Meetup is a social network that facilitates connecting in the real world, and they’ve got a section for Career and Business Meetups. https://www.meetup.com/find/career-business/
Online Community Small Business Community Forum “This interactive and open portal is intended to serve as a resource to support and assist small businesses.” http://www.smallbusinessforums.org/
OPEN Forum by American Express “Swap ideas, find expertise, and access resources, to help grow your business.” https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/openforum/explore/
Opportunity is “a business network that uses a matchmaking algorithm to connect you with other professionals who can provide employment, sales, networking and relationship opportunities.” https://myopportunity.com/
Ryze “helps people make connections and grow their networks. You can network to grow your business, build your career and life, find a job and make sales. Or just keep in touch with friends. Members get a free networking-oriented home page and can send messages to other members. They can also join special Networks related to their industry, interests or location. More than 1,000 organizations host Networks on Ryze to help their members interact with each other and grow their organizations.” http://www.ryze.com/
Small Business Ideas Forum “A friendly place to share small business ideas & knowledge, ask questions & find help and encourage others that are involved in the small business industry. Topics include small business marketing, generating revenue and small business computing.” http://www.smallbusinessbrief.com/forum.
Small Business Online Community “allows small business to exchange ideas and information, and benefit from the experience of others.” See a description in my Small Networking Site for Small Biz. http://www.smallbusinessonlinecommunity.bankofamerica.com/
Startup Nation Community A community site for entrepreneurs that includes networking aspects. http://www.startupnation.com
TheFunded “an online community of entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide.” http://www.thefunded.com/
Zerply “is an invite-only community for the best creative talent in film, games & VR/AR.” However, you can also apply. https://zerply.com
Here’s advice on how to use these sites:
- Five Tips For More Effective Online Networking, Forbes, Aug 7, 2017
- 7 secrets to mastering online networking, Business Insider, Mar 23, 2017
- Everything you need to know about online networking, Silicon Republic, Jan 10, 2018
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