Every week I go to my Network Masters meeting where we help each other build our businesses with referrals.
It’s a great way to get new business and keep my pulse on the local community as well.
As the group’s “web go to gal” I do quite a bit for my chapter and get paid gigs from the members.
Are you taking advantage of the opportunities offered in your local area to network and tell people about your business?
I hid behind my computer screen and was isolated for far too long. Please don’t do that to yourself and your business. You need outside stimulation and involvement with other successful professionals.
It’s important for your mental health!
After a while, working online as a solopreneur, can begin to feel like you are all alone in a sea of people. There are lots of people that you connect with and follow on social media and in forums, but no one you communicate with in the flesh.
It’s just you at your desk, in front of your computer. It gets pretty lonely sometimes.
It’s important to meet with other creative people to keep your creative juices flowing. Entrepreneurs who understand what it’s like to run a business and be responsible for the bottom line. People with clever marketing ideas and insights. It doesn’t matter if it’s offline or online. They are entrepreneurs. Like minded.
It’s important to feel like you are contributing to your community in some way. Whether it’s a networking group, an organization like Toastmasters, a civic group like the Rotary or Lions Club or a local community group like your library or historical society. You need the outside stimulation or you just might go brain dead.
I can tell you from experience that getting involved outside the realm of your home office will boost your confidence, energize you and help you to be more productive.
A word of warning…
Once you do join that club or organization and feel the exhilaration of once again rubbing elbows with real live people, it can get heady. Your energy changes and you might just want to join another organization then another. Don’t do it!
While you need the outside stimulation, you don’t want to over tax yourself and have it take time away from your first priority – your online biz. You want to be proud of your contributions to your group, not pulled in too many directions and resentful of all. Choose wisely. Start with one group and really get involved there before considering others. Be careful to keep a good balance of business, family and then organizations outside the home.
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