When you are a solopreneur, it can be easy to feel lonely. After all, the word itself sounds quite lonely, doesn’t it? But don’t worry! You don’t have to go it alone. There are several ways you can connect with others who can help you grow your business. In this blog post, we will discuss why networking is so important for solopreneurs and how you can go about connecting with others. We’ll also share some tips on how to get the most out of your networking experiences!
Why is networking important for solopreneurs?
Networking gives you the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals. These connections can help you in a number of ways. For example, they can help you find new clients, get referrals, and grow your business. In addition, networking can help you build relationships with other professionals who can offer advice and support.
Is local or national networking better for solopreneurs?
There are several ways you can choose to connect with others. You may choose a local networking group with varied types of professionals, or you may prefer a national networking organization of others in the same general space. Whichever route you decide to go, it’s important to make sure that you are networking with people who you can see yourself building relationships with.
How to get the most out of networking
To get the most out of your networking experiences, we recommend that you:
- Make a list of your networking goals. What do you hope to accomplish by networking?
- Do your research. Find out about different networking groups and decide which ones are the best fit for you.
- Be prepared to share your story. What is it that you do and why do you love it? When you can articulate this clearly, people will be more likely to remember you and refer you to others.
- Follow up. After meeting someone new, make sure to send a quick email or LinkedIn message saying it was nice to meet them. This will help you stay top of mind and build relationships over time.
The National Network for People Professionals
Powered by Purple Ink is a national network of people professionals. Many of our members are solopreneurs who have built businesses around workforce consulting (HR, Coaching, Training, etc.) and want to grow their businesses through community. In joining our network, these solopreneurs commit to forming relationships with one another so that they understand the work they are each doing and can learn from one another, seek out partnerships, and grow their own businesses through referrals.
If you believe that such a community can help your business thrive, let’s talk.