Best Tips For Building A Successful Career Network

Networking is an essential part of a business in this day and age. While the hardest workers out there would all like to believe that they live in a world where their work speaks for itself, but without networking, most businesses who do not network will get drowned out by the competition.

But what is Networking?

For those who may not know, networking is the art of effectively establishing relationships with people that are mutually beneficial. When people think of networking, one of the first images that come to mind is the typical large business type meeting with higher-ups in the company discussing big collaborations or business moves. This Hollywood image is almost non-existent in the small business world, as the workspace has taken a much more casual route, using meeting places such as coworking spaces.

Coworking Spaces

You may recall me praising coworking spaces in previous articles for their ability to increase focus and productivity, but they also can serve as an excellent networking platform. The Upsuite working spaces in Los Angeles serves as a good example of how a coworking space can create a socially dynamic atmosphere to not only maintain business relationships but establish new ones. The TV presentation rooms offer board-like privacy for those times that you require to do the things you would normally use an office for, while the casual area offers the contrast of an at ease setting to conduct business with new clients in a more relaxed manner. As far as establishing new business relationships and connections, the common area has a large social area which makes socializing with new people effortless. The long bar-like table near the cafe’ does this in a similar manner as well.

Social Networking

One of the quickly evolving factors of any business is how progressively integrated the internet has become into our lives. We can use this to our advantage and reach as many people as quickly as possible using social media outlets. Using our personal social media to get ideas out there can seem hit and miss at times, and some people may not want to go this route(depending on how much they want everyone they know to be hearing about their work). This is where creating work specific websites or pages can come in quite handy. Let’s use the most well-known one, Facebook, as an example: when you make a business page on Facebook you can create business-sponsored ads, and tailor your Facebook page to reach larger audiences, or perhaps more accurately, the right audiences, using the create a custom audience. Many other websites have customized settings like this as well, and many have unique ways of reaching a large audience. I’m not going to go into detail on every one of them, but the possibilities for reaching more people are more numerous than ever when you look at the number of ways you can reach an audience through one app, and multiply that by the amount of social media apps you are willing to use i.e Linkedin, Twitter, Instagram, etc.


Educate yourself on the most effective ways to advertise. While many people only go so far as seeing the boost button, certain things like that may not be optimal for reaching different audiences and have been proven to only reach an audience of your “fans” specifically(people that already follow or work with you closely). Remember, just because it is convenient, does not mean that it is easy. Knowing how to properly use social networks to reach the maximum amount of people can be time-consuming and frustrating at times, so make sure you are willing to put some work and thought into your strategy.


There are many ways to build a stable career network, nearly infinite in fact. With this is in mind, the main idea that could encapsulate this article is this; if we want to build a successful network, we should be constantly looking for and seizing opportunities that come our way. Whether its a shared Coworking space, Social Networking, or simply building rapport with the people that are a part of your everyday life, improving and increasing your network can be as simple as seizing the moment to reach out and interact.

How Will International Trade Look Like After COVID 19

The novel strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected almost every sector of the global economy. It has particularly precipitated a significant slowdown in manufacturing, supply chains, and international trade in general. In the beginning, the slowdown was attributed to the overdependence on China’s manufacturing power for almost all global business operations, which meant that a small disruption of China’s economy would obviously impact other economies of the world.

 But now that COVID-19 has spread out to almost every corner of the globe, it is hard to tell how far-reaching its repercussions will be in regards to international trade. Experts predict that if the virus isn’t contained soon, production could fall by up to 40 percent, which would translate to soaring unemployment and anemic economic activity for years to come.

How fast cross-border supply chains, and the global economy as a whole, will recover from this pandemic remains to be seen. We can, however, try to predict how international trade will look like after COVID-19.

Decreased International Trade

According to a recent analysis by the Chief Economist team at DG TRADE, the global trade for 2020 with respect to the previous year will fall by about 9.7%. Exports of goods and services out of and around Europe, on the other hand, could fall by 9.2% while EU imports fall by an estimated 8.8%.  In monetary value, the fall will account for about 285 billion and 240 billion Euros in exports and imports respectively. The most affected are the manufacturing sectors across European countries, particularly manufacturers of transport equipment and electrical machinery. Although this is happening in Europe, it could be a good representation of how things stand across the world.

More Companies Will Take their Businesses to International Markets

Shrinking economies will force companies to look for new growth opportunities beyond domestic borders. Even before COVID-19 came to town, companies were banking on international expansion, especially into Asia’s emerging markets, for their long-term growth prospects. Coronavirus will only be forcing them to expedite their pre-existing expansion plans.

Expansion into overseas markets aside, there are other reasons why businesses will have to consider taking their businesses international. One of those reasons is to get closer to sources of raw materials. Many companies have been forced to stop operations due to disrupted supply chains; merely because they are unable to access raw materials. Opening plants right where the raw materials are is a sure remedy for that problem in case of a future pandemic.

Another reason for international expansion is to tap into growing labor markets across the world. Coronavirus has left many companies with sub-standard workforce grappling to keep up with changing consumer needs and working environments. After this is over, every employer will be looking to diversify their pool of talents, some of which cannot be found locally. When businesses go international, exports and imports will significantly be affected.

International expansion brings many challenges, the biggest of them all being payroll. Multinational companies struggle to manage international payrolls after hiring overseas employees. They have to consider different time zones, differences in working hours for different regions, additional employee compensation laws, varying exchange rates, and unique tax laws per country. The surest way of ensuring that payroll to global employees is delivered on time is through international payroll providers. Such providers are well versed in international business requirements, which enable them to handle international payrolls with relative ease.

 Removal of Export Restrictions on Essential Goods

Export restrictions have inflicted harm for everyone. As much as such restrictions increase goods availability in domestic markets and lower prices, COVID-19 has proven that this approach isn’t sustainable. Domestic companies tend to slow down their production when forced to serve local markets, their demand for supplies from world markets shrinks, and international prices for both raw materials and finished products falls through the cracks. That harms economies that rely on international markets for essential goods, especially food and medical supplies. For the sake of global stability, export restrictions will have to stop.

Governments Will Put More Emphasis on Medical Supply Chains

3rd world countries cannot produce enough PPEs and other medical supplies as has been witnessed during this crisis. Most developed countries aren’t any better because they can’t seem to find a way of producing medical supplies cost effectively. Labor shortages, mobility restrictions, and overdependence on imported inputs have also plagued production capacity in developed countries. Going forward, governments all over the world will be spending a significant portion of their international trade budgets on medical supplies. No country in the world can rely solely on their local production capacity to guarantee supplies of medical equipment, so countries will have to join hands to support global medical preparedness.


The unprecedented nature of the coronavirus pandemic makes it hard to predict how international trade will look like in coming years, but experts believe that all economies of the world will struggle to recover from the current crisis. Some argue that the current slump will exceed the trade slump experienced during the global financial crisis of 2008‑09. Well, that remains to be seen.

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We decided that The Cork Tree Residences should not just offer one type of retirement lifestyle but should be flexible enough to fit the needs of all its discerning clients. It needed to be set within a beautiful and secluded location and yet able to offer easy access to a host of activities such as gardening, sailing, golf, horse-riding, walking and shopping. It also needed to be flexible enough to provide high level and high dependency care if and when the need arises.

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