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Networking is a great way to find work or find subbies to help you get your job done. But how do you network when you need to be on site all day? Easy, let’s take a look at how you can network from your phone at smoko, or while having a beer at the end of the day.

Facebook

Most of us are on Facebook, so why not use it as a work tool as well! There are heaps of groups on Facebook that are focused on networking, like the Tradies in Business group. The Tradies in Business group is where hundreds of likeminded tradies catch-up and help each other out.

Don’t forget your local groups as well you can find many other tradies hanging out there. Start conversations, begin your own group. Networking on Facebook is easy and chances are you’re already there!

Goodwork

Goodwork is the perfect tool to help you build yourself an online network and keep your contacts in your pocket. And best of all – it’s totally free!

Expand your network  by connecting with other tradies and contact them directly using the in-app messaging feature.

Create a profile where you can showcase your skills, qualifications, and upload and share photos of your work. This helps to attract the right people to your network, and allows you to draw on your network when looking for work or subbies to help you complete your project.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a fantastic networking tool that can also be used from your phone. It’s easy to use, similar to Facebook in many ways, but without all the drama that Facebook is known for. You can search for others in your trade, or by location if you need to keep it refined.

Twitter

Twitter is still a great place to start a conversation and form relationships with other tradies. A more casual place to hang out, where a meme can get the network building. You are limited on how many characters you can use at any one time on Twitter, so be sure to be clear about what you are saying.

Networking is an essential business tool, that doesn’t need to chew up a large part of your day. Checking in on your phone during smoko or at the end of the day is all that is really needed.

Author

Waz and Nic are the co-founders of Tradies In Business. As self-confessed tradie supporters, they are out to change the way tradies are seen and treated in Australia.

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