Networking is creating a foundation of connections that can boost your business, motivate and support you with all of your efforts. If you're an entrepreneur or business owner, you never want to operate alone.
Having people surround you who can motivate and inspire you, as well as share knowledge that can catapult you to the forefront of your niche – is always a good idea.
You don't want all of your networking efforts to be in just one area (such as list building) – because that can narrow the positive benefits for yourself and the people with whom your connecting.
You want to networking with people who excel in a myriad of ways, so that you can learn from all of them and bring your business to a higher level. How you connect to these people should also vary.
You can connect with face-to-face encounters in your personal and professional life. You can make connections on social media sites, through email contact or on forums.
You can connect with a network both far and near by text or by phone calls, too. The sea of networking is a vast, endless supply of connections just waiting to be tapped into by anyone willing to put in a little effort.
Why You Need to Network
While being a solo entrepreneur sounds wonderful, it can also put a lot of pressure on you because you don't have a support system or team of individuals to help you succeed. (more…)