CONNECT WITH LOCAL MELBOURNE BUSINESS OWNERS.
GET QUALITY REFERRALS EVERY WEEK.
GROW YOUR BUSINESS OVER 30% PER YEAR.
Check out what our members have to say
AN EXTRA $4,500 OF WORK
IN HIS FIRST MONTH!
Meet Dave, a tradie who added approximately $90,000 in turnover in his first year with BNI.
When you join BNI, business networking groups, you’re surrounded by other business owners doing the same thing in different areas. In my group, we’ve all got each other’s backs not just as fellow members, but as mates. If you want to grow and be more profitable, but feel like you’re treading water right now… you’d be crazy not to give it a go.
BNI HAS PRETTY MUCH
DOUBLED MY BUSINESS
Meet Charl, a property management business owner who has benefited from the wealth of knowledge in his fellow BNI members.
I’ve met so many people that have helped me in far more than just a dollar perspective. The expertise of other members in their own areas has really benefited my business. My business has solidified and strengthened thanks to BNI.
NEARLY TRIPLED IN SIZE IN
LESS THAN 12 MONTHS
Meet Kim, a bookkeeping business owner who now has more time for her kids.
Before BNI, it was really hard to find genuine connections and leads. Less than 12 months later, I’ve put on my first staff member, which is pretty exciting! Now I can direct the business while they do the leg work. This frees me up to be more flexible with the kids and be there more for my family.
3 REASONS TO JOIN TODAY
IS HYPER COMPETITIVE
…and it’s harder than ever
to stand out in the crowd.
Running a small business alone can be tough
Around 60% will go bust within their first three years.
- 29% will fail because they run out of cash.
- 19% will be outcompeted.
- 14% will fail because of poor marketing.
BNI helps members avoid these problems by supplying their businesses with good quality leads every single week. So you spend less time and money chasing new work, and can grow your business faster.
Referral marketing is incredibly effective
Referrals are the most trusted sources of new leads for any business. They convert into customers easier than paid leads… and they don’t cost you a cent in marketing and advertising.
- 92% of consumers trust referrals from people they know. (Source: Annex Cloud)
- Customers referred by other customers have a 37% higher retention rate.(Source: Think with Google)
- Referral leads have a 30% higher conversion rate than leads from any other channel. (Source: Annex Cloud)
Advertising your business is expensive
Getting new leads to your business is time consuming, labour intensive, and expensive. The average SME spends $5,000+ a year just on Facebook ads*. And that amount is growing as more new businesses enter the market and compete for attention online.
When you join BNI you immediately get a team of 30+ other business owners actively looking for leads for you every week. And you don’t pay them a cent for their help – you simply return the favour.
WANT TO SEE
Easily 35% of my total revenue comes from BNI referrals
Brad Conyers, ExpressNet
We’ve been able to track over 500k in business through BNI
Jim Radford, Image Direct
Since I joined BNI four years ago, my business has quadrupled in size and turnover. I don’t spend my time running around doing everything anymore – now I have a team to support me
Tim Greehnam, Emerald Building Services
I’ve made over 15 times my initial investment with BNI
James Persson, Unbranded Digital
Over 30% of my turnover comes as a direct result of me being a member of BNI
Barry Hodge, Peninsula Telecom
I get about 30-50% of my work through BNI. It’s a real winner
Daryl Gordon, Daryl Gordon Photography
We’ve gone from 20-30k per annum up to nearly the 100k mark
Lorraine McLennan, Sankiri Dog Training
(last 12 months)
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IS BNI REALLY RIGHT FOR MY BUSINESS?
YES! It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, or whether you are a team or 1 or 100.
BNI is a PROVEN system for business success that WORKS.
WHAT IS REALLY INVOLVED?
FOCUS AND ACCOUNTABILITY
The power of BNI lies in it’s business-first focus. BNI meetings follow a structured agenda where members have the opportunity to showcase their business, ask for referrals, and thank others that have given them business.
“Your BNI group gives you 35 people who are committed to helping you grow. It’s like having a sales team working for you 24/7.”
WHY IS IT SO EASY?
A PROVEN SYSTEM FOR BUSINESS GROWTH
Does finding new leads and clients feel like a never-ending Easter egg hunt? BNI connects you with a group that catches up every week to share opportunities and help grow each other’s businesses.
So you can spend less time and money on advertising, and spend more time growing your business, spending time with your family, and enjoying being in business!
“When people ask me, ‘Why BNI?’ I say, ‘Why not?’”
WHEN DO I SEE A RETURN?
ON AVERAGE $60,000 ROI IN YOUR FIRST YEAR
Many members report getting thousands of dollars in work within their first months in BNI. As for how much you can make long-term, really it’s up to you – the more you give, the more you will get.
But it’s not all about the money (although that part is great), it’s about the support for each other and lifelong friendships that are made along the way. You can’t put a price on that kind of value.
WHY DO I HAVE TO COME EACH WEEK?
BUSINESS IS ALL ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS. AND SO IS BNI!
Meeting each week means that we are able to form and maintain strong relationships with our fellow members, and stay front-of-mind with our 30+ referral partners each week.
It’s all about keeping that all-important momentum going, so your referrals keep on coming. And besides, we all enjoy getting together to connect and share what we’re going through.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A
The BNI difference
Have you ever been to a networking event and found yourself in a room full of takers? Everyone just shoving their business cards at each other, going home and waiting for calls that never come? At BNI we’re committed to giving, building solid relationships, and helping each other grow.
What you get
Your membership buys you a year’s worth of weekly meetings where members get together to give and receive referrals, educate about their business, and connect with other business owners over a friendly breakfast. Many members report making back their entire year’s membership costs in their first month.
How it works
BNI operates under the principle of ‘Giver’s Gain’. Basically, if you help people, they will help you back. Not only is this a way for everyone to win, but it feels good to connect and serve others. That’s the real currency of BMI: Connection.
How do I know if BNI is
right for me
There are three main benefits of being a BNI member:
- Getting quality referral leads to your business
- Growing your network and making lifelong friendships
- Developing personally and professionally
If you think these things will benefit you and your business, then BNI is right for you!
How many businesses of the same
profession are in each chapter?
Just one! Your membership buys you an exclusive seat. We have one specialty per chapter. One photographer. One designer. One plumber. One mortgage broker.
Once you’re in the group, your specialty is locked-in and your competitors cannot join. So all referrals for your particular specialty come to you, and only you.
My business is specialised / general…
would BNI work for my industry?
Whatever industry you’re in, BNI could work for you –
- Professional services
- Training and coaching
If you think about it, people hire a range of businesses every day. Does your landscaping client need an accountant? Does your accounting client need a plumber? Maybe they are thinking about renovating their entire house… you’ve got a trusted designer to recommend! And a builder to boot.
Being a member of BNI makes you part of a network of business owners all giving and receiving work. Not only do you get to give back to the business owners that are giving opportunities to you, but you also are able to give more value to your own clients thanks to your trusty ‘little black book’ of vetted and trustworthy fellow professionals.
How do I know that the businesses
I refer to are reputable?
Memberships are by application, and reviewed by the Membership Committee of each Chapter. There is a rigorous vetting process, including interviews and reference checks to ensure that the businesses involved in BNI are of the highest calibre.
We also have a Code of Ethics and a strong set of professional values that each member lives by. Each member is committed to upholding these standards to elevate the entire group.
Trust is our most important currency, and we take it very seriously. Any failure to uphold our values by a member of the group is investigated and actioned appropriately.
How is BNI different to other
Business networking can be a bit hit and miss. Some events you might go to are more socially focused, and if you happen to touch on business then that’s lucky. At other events you might just swap cards and never call each other.
BNI is business-focused first, and driven by the principle of giving. It has a structure that keeps everyone accountable, keeps everyone following up, and is guaranteed to bring you more business if you work the system.
The more you put into the program, the more you can count on getting new business referrals every week, every month, from your BNI team.