Most Frequently Asked Questions About Caerusnet

11046537_10204343184165130_4339082858394475420_nAs of October, 2015, the Caerusnet teams I facilitate in Brighton and Ann Arbor, MI have eclipsed 27,000 referrals passed!  That’s a great accomplishment and it didn’t happen by accident.  We have great Members, a great system and we’re just getting started.  In today’s post, I thought I would share the most frequently asked questions I get about Caerusnet, so everyone’s on the same page.  Enjoy!

Q:           How long are the meetings?

CaerusNet meetings are no longer than 60 minutes. We recommend arriving at the meeting site a minimum of five minutes early so the Facilitator can properly welcome you and give you a fast debriefing before the meeting starts.

Q:           What types of professions are the best fit for a Caerusnet team?

Any small business that depends on local word of mouth referrals for their financial success is a good fit. Typically, businesses that work directly with the public or directly with other businesses are a good fit. Just 30 Members can belong to any one team, no matter their professions.  Only one business type per team (one website designer, one massage therapist, etc.).

Q:           How often are meetings and what if I miss a few?

Caerusnet recommends Facilitators schedule a minimum of 30 weeks of meetings per year. We recommend Members shoot for a minimum of 80% attendance (about 24 meetings per year), which should provide for a multitude of opportunities for the Members to get to know, like and trust each other.

Q:           How much does it cost and who do I pay?

Membership costs vary from team to team as the Facilitator (not Caerusnet) determines the prices to be charged.  Facilitators (not Caerusnet) bill the Members directly for the services of facilitating the referral team meeting.

Q:           What am I paying for?

That’s the question most Members ask when they belong to a Member-Ran group, because, not only are they asked to be a Member, they’re also often asked to be officers (president, membership committee, etc.) and take charge of the team’s success. At Caerusnet, Members are paying the Facilitator for the meeting facilitation services they provide to the team. These services include, but aren’t limited to: setting up and running the 1 hour meeting, delivering education to the team, site location, following up with visitors/prospects, tracking team metrics (spotlight schedule, referrals, attendance, etc) and stocking meeting materials (name badges, opportunity slips, business card portfolios, etc).  The facilitators typically also have a primary occupation (business coach, Realtor, etc.) and want to be thought of as your “partner in referrals”.

Q:           Can I invite other businesses to meetings?

Yes!  Some facilitators even offer incentives for doing so.  We encourage you to invite other professionals to your team meeting so they can experience the benefits of being part of a Facilitated referral team.

Q:           How do I find a meeting?

Click here for list of locations.

Q:           What if there are no Caerusnet team meetings taking place where you want to network?

No Caerusnet teams meeting in your local market?  If you’re a great networker yourself or you know of someone who is who may also want to Facilitate … click here to learn more about our Facilitator Licensing opportunity.

Q:           Can I belong to more than one Caerusnet team?

CaerusNet recommends you belong to as many teams as you can effectively manage.   Remember, each Facilitator is independent of each other and is the ultimate decider of Membership decisions for the team they facilitate.