Following the new LinkedIn update, hundreds of users took to the platform to publicly throw their toys out of the pram. Many were quick to announce the cancellation of their Premium Business account or their abandonment of the platform altogether.
It was not so much the new Linkedin layout that was the problem, but the removal of some popular features in the free and Premium Business packages. This forced users to consider an upgrade to the considerably more expensive Sales Navigator or Recruiter packages.
But, to be brutally honest, unless you are a sales person who is working the numbers game and you have to make hundreds of new connections every week in order to achieve your quota, you should not consider upgrading to a premium account until you have utilised all the features of the free account.
And, despite the nay-sayers, the latest upgrade gave huge amounts of potential to those of us who like the power of free.
I have listed them here in my own personal order of importance, along with a couple of gotchas.