A network is an invaluable resource for any entrepreneur. This article looks at how you can build your network, both with new entrepreneurship resources and ones you may already have.
Keep Existing Contacts
One way to build a healthy network is by keeping in touch with people you meet along the way, whether you encountered them as classmates or colleagues. Occasional emails or cards are one way to keep connections alive, even from a distance. If you’re in the same area as your contacts, consider inviting them to informal or organized meetups that you plan to attend.
Make Use of Professional Organizations
Professional organizations can be a great resource for entrepreneurship. Notably, many professional organizations host meetings and conferences, which can be a great way to meet people face-to-face and build your network. To find one, career-oriented website TheMuse recommends browsing LinkedIn or asking your colleagues for recommendations.
It’s much easier to build a network if people are aware of your presence. In the digital world, you can build your visibility by publishing blog posts and engaging on social platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Other avenues include participating in podcasts and panels as well as speaking at events. These options will let you interact with other people in your professional sphere, thereby strengthening your network.
Become a Mentor
Becoming a mentor is a way to see entrepreneurship from a new angle while building new connections. If someone reaches out to you and asks for advice, don’t brush them off. Instead, share what you can. And if you want to take a more active role in becoming a mentor, check out the SCORE mentoring organization: They work to link volunteer mentors with mentees.
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