Starting a new business can sometimes leave you feeling lonely and isolated. You have your head down, trying to market yourself without really having any support from co-workers and fellow professionals.
I have been fortunate enough to have been invited to a number of networking events; from free to those where a subscription is required. As you can visit all networking groups as a visitor, you will soon know if the format is right for you and so my best advice is to try as many different forums as you can.
So, what the benefits?
You can share connections, as well as making new connections, create long lasting business relationships, create opportunities and collaborations that you didn’t even know existed and most importantly of all, enjoy the social aspect. It also allows you to share the good and the bad with individuals who have more than likely gone through the same ups and downs.
So next time you are invited to a networking event – say yes!