Entrepreneurs working in isolated situations have a tendency to feel lonely. However, there are numerous ways that you can break loose from your inertia and connect with the business community.
Here are some tips on how you can engage in networking even if you work from a home office.
Maintain Old Contacts
You have undoubtedly met others with similar professional interests through traditional jobs and past educational endeavors. Maintain contact with these people via emails, cards for annual occasions, and invitations to special events.
Engage With Others Virtually
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media platforms are excellent places for networking with people who have similar interests. Start discussion groups in areas of interest to you, and also join in those that others have initiated. You can also build an online presence by creating a blog or participating in podcasts.
Sites such as Meetup.com make it easy to organize get-togethers with like-minded people. Look for meetups with others involved in business and entrepreneurship. If you can’t find any in your local area, start your own event.
Attend Professional Gatherings
Look for and join professional organizations for small business owners and entrepreneurs. There are so many organizations out there that you’re bound to find some that suit your interests and align with your goals. These may be local, national, or worldwide. You usually have to pay dues, but in return you have the opportunity to attend conferences and network with fellow professionals. Additionally, get involved in your area small business association, and participate in local events and meetings.
Through organizations that you join, you may have the chance to mentor other entrepreneurs who are just starting out. Sharing your expertise in this manner builds strong connections that may be beneficial to you up the road.
For more advice on networking as an entrepreneur, get in touch with Norus Capital.