IBOA International

The Independent Business Owners Association International, Inc. (IBOAI) is the advocacy organization for North American Independent Business Owners (IBOs) affiliated with Amway®. The IBOAI advises Amway on every facet of the North American business, from products and promotions to operations and business guidelines. The IBOAI and Amway are dedicated to partnering for success with your input, support and participation.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is more of a professional or business site where colleagues and clients meet, share contacts, mentor each other, and introduce contacts to one another - not unlike at a conference or networking function. A great opportunity to network with others from your past associations and experiences, or meet others through people you connect with now, but unlike some other sites it's more difficult to simply connect with people you don't know.

Advantages Disadvantages
Free; minimal-advertising model More difficult to link with people you don't know
Focused on business/professional users Interaction is mostly about work/career
Can limit who sees your profile Can only send messages to 50 people at a time
Can limit whom you connect with Can be penalized for too much cold connecting
Ability to tap others' knowledge, share yours  
Has own messaging program  
Ability to tap whom others know  
Ability to mentor others  
Can start/join useful groups  
New connections can lead to new clients/work  

 

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