Building relationships has always been critical to starting and running a successful business.

Thirty years ago relationships were built when someone you knew introduced you to someone he or she knew. Two centuries ago, relationships were built by someone you knew sending a letter of introduction on your behalf.

Over the last few years the tools, strategies, and tactics utilized to build relationships have changed dramatically.

If you’re considering working on your own either full-time or part-time, be sure you align yourself with people who know how to optimize today’s most critical relationship building methods. And be sure those people will enthusiastically share those methods with you.

Two experts in this field, Leslie Hocker and Ron Forrester, began building their successful business 30 years ago. A significant part of their success is the commitment they made to always share what they learned with the people who joined them.

They share their knowledge through coaching and mentoring and by providing access to dozens of videos, audios, and books on their website.

This corporate culture encourages and rewards everyone in the organization to share what he or she has learned with others. There are also powerful marketing tools that make it easy for new members to quickly build their own successful businesses.