If you're one of the 400 million people who use LinkedIn, you know the social media network is an invaluable resource for keeping up with old business contacts. It also makes it easy to build up a list of present and future business connections. These are people who you're doing business with, may do business with, or who might become a future employer or employee.
To build your network, you can invite people to be your connections or accept their invitation. Just be sure they're real first. Plus, you can put your LinkedIn contact information on your email signature and on your business cards. That way, when you're sending everyday email, or passing out business cards, you can rack up more contacts. Of course, with all that work going into building your contact network, you don't want to lose it.
That's why making a backup on your computer is a good idea. Plus, having your contact list separate from LinkedIn means you don't have to log in to find someone, which is good if you're on the road or LinkedIn isn't accessible for other reasons. Fortunately, LinkedIn makes it easy to export your contacts to a regular spreadsheet.
Once you have all your contacts' information in a spreadsheet, you can print it out and run your finger down the list or search to find who you need. Or, you can copy and paste one or hundreds of email addresses from your LinkedIn spreadsheet to your email or Webmail. Of course, you can also export LinkedIn contacts directly to your email, if you want. Still, a spreadsheet is a bit more versatile.