When it comes to growing your advisory practice, you never know the source of your next meaningful connection. Networking and contacts that benefit your business can come from a variety of places. LinkedIn has become the gold standard when it comes to professional networking. With over 740 million members, LinkedIn connects people and professionals around the world. One of the benefits of creating a LinkedIn network is that every person has their unique network, forming an entire web of connections. This web of connections is vital to the success of your financial advisory business. The LinkedIn community is 100% business-oriented; connecting and engaging on LinkedIn is essential in building your online presence and brand. Your profile serves as a more-detailed resume, building trust and allowing people to know who you are and what you do. Chances are, when someone is looking to hire a financial advisor, LinkedIn will be one of the first places they’ll visit online. You can find and connect with people within minutes. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again -- if you’re not utilizing LinkedIn, now is the time to get started. Here’s how.