As more Americans shift towards mobile work, the idea of networking and expanding your business seems to be a bigger challenge than ever. Without a traditional workspace, it might feel like you are running out of ideas for networking opportunities. If you thrive on interaction with others, but your business model means most of your work is solo, you might even start to feel a bit isolated. You even might feel like your ability to make connections for your business has stalled.
Here are some ways to reach out to others in your community to grow your company:
Remember Your Past
Your college years don’t have to stay completely behind you. Most universities have active groups full of alumni looking to network with people that they know they can trust, and who better to trust than someone they know received a top-notch education? Time Magazine suggests getting involved in these alumni groups as a great way to grow your business. Even something as small as joining a group for alums on a networking site like Linkedin can put your name and business in front of people who might not otherwise see it.
Meet with Coworkers and Clients When You Can
There is no better way to establish a professional relationship than by meeting face to face. Consider these ways to strengthen your connections with coworkers and clients:
- Meet a client for coffee
- Have dinner with an out-of-town coworker when you’re in the area
- Take a quick break with someone from your co-work space
- Join in the activities available at your co-work space
When you make the effort to meet in person, you’re more likely to discover some needs they have that your business can fulfill. In our digital age, this little bit of effort goes a long way and it shows you care. Working from home can feel isolating at times, so the more you can work to get out and genuinely connect, the happier (and more productive) you will be.
Become a Member of a Networking Group
There are hundreds of networking groups across the country that meet virtually, and sometimes these groups even meet face to face. Oftentimes, these groups consist of professionals who work with smaller companies or who are self-employed. These individuals want to be able to help the businesses in the networking group prosper while seeing their own companies develop at the same time.
Usually, these groups are designed to collaborate and help connect you with people in your area who might need the services your company can provide. These groups might meet weekly or monthly, while some just connect online. Either way, you are able to bring your business to the forefront for someone who may not have known about you otherwise.
Join a Co-Working Space
There really isn’t anything that beats genuine, regular face-to-face interaction. Becoming a member of a co-working space like Victory Workspace gives you the opportunity to be around other driven, hardworking people and interact with them as much as you would like. Being surrounded by others who are hard at work fuels your focus and productivity, but it also is the best way to share what you do with those around you and promote your work in a memorable and personal way.
Working in such a driven environment will not only help give you an extra push to keep at your work, but it allows you the opportunity to socialize, and yes, even network with others. At Victory Workspace, we allow you the option to be as social as you wish. Want to be out in the middle of things, working right alongside other hardworking solopreneurs and mobile workers? Our Community Space lets you work side by side with others. Looking for more privacy so you can focus and get down to work, but still want the opportunity to mingle with others from time to time? You can reserve an open desk, have your own dedicated desk, or even arrange your own private office with us, while still maintaining the luxury of being able to network with those who share the space. By spending time with others at Victory Workspace, you can start to create strong working relationships and expand the knowledge of what it is you do to more and more people.
We allow you the flexibility to work from our space as much or a little as you want, but the more time you spend with us, the more opportunities you will have for discussion with someone at the next desk who just may become your next client or even put you in touch with a new potential client. Looking for flexible options? Our multiple levels of membership mean you can spend as little or as much time working (and networking) with us as you need. Have questions or want to book a tour of one of our spaces? Contact us today – we are happy to help!