Starting a business is more than just having something to sale. There are a lot of components that are needed to start a business. One of the most important aspects of starting a business is the people you surround yourself with. Entrepreneurs need to connect with like-minded individuals to really make their business grow.
If you aren’t sure where to start, here are five ideas to jumpstart your business connections:
1. Go to business seminars. Attending events that specialize in whatever it is you are selling, or your career path will expand your knowledge and outlook in that field. As a freelance writer, I want to perfect my craft and make sure that I’m able to do everything. I may go to a grant and proposal writing seminar or a technical writing seminar. Places such as these are where I can meet others who are in my field—and they can give knowledge on how to advance my writing career.
2. Join workshops with like-minded individuals. We are in the day and age where there is a business conference, women’s empowerment group, and a brunch for everything. There so many events being hosted locally for you to come out and connect with people.
So, what are you waiting on?
Even if there are no options locally, plan for one nearby. Living in a big city—or close to one, there is always some sort of event going on that will help you get out and connect with people. Use hashtag searches on social media and other search engines to find events you are interested in.
3. Join a business Facebook page. One of my favorite Facebook groups to date is Brand, Build, & Launch. It is full of information and full of people who are creating and have created different businesses. You can pose a question in the group and I promise you someone will have insight or an answer for you. I also love how everyone in the group is so willing to help one another instead of being completely stingy with information.
4. Build relationships. Don’t just network with people to ask for a favor. It’s tacky and comes off like you’re a user. Build genuine relationships with people and have conversations about your similar interests, roles, and careers. If an opportunity presents itself later, great! But you can’t go into relationships expecting to use someone or have the “what’s in it for me?” attitude.
5. Find a mentor. Find someone who doesn’t mind giving you information that would help you to the next level. Mentors are always great because they have knowledge about that field and can see where we can improve when we can’t see it ourselves. It’s always great to have some to learn from and someone to encourage growth.
These are just a few things that I’m trying to advance my career in writing. I’m starting to see improvements in my business and we’re growing slowly, but surely.
What are some techniques you have used to help your business grow?