Starting your own business can be daunting, as well as putting yourself out there to get recognised.
Social media is a great way to get found and is used daily by most people. However if you want to use the traditional way in meeting other business owners in a face to face environment then there are plenty of groups around to get you networking.
One group I would recommend is “MeetUp”. If you’re not familiar with “Meet Up” then you should take a look. It’s a fantastic way to meet other business owners and gain valuable contacts. Meet ups are held all over the world, just enter your location and it will advise you of the closest groups in your area. It’s not all about business networking, there are also other groups available that may interest you.
Depending on what you feel comfortable with, there are Sundowners that are held in a very casual laid back environment. If you like more of a sit-down gathering then there are some held during business hours having a coffee or for those who can’t make it during the day they also host dinners. I found that it’s not a place for you to sell, but to educate others on what you do and how you may be able to help them, if not now, maybe in the future.
For those of you that do everything on your phone like me, they also have an app for IOS and Android. The app advises you of meet ups in your area and once you RSVP to one, it gives you the option to add it directly to your own calendar. If you have collected business cards and you can’t put a face to the name, then you can also click on the group and search for the profile of the person to get more information.
I would have had no idea about this site if it weren’t for someone recommending it to me. So if you want to get found find a group in your area take some business cards and get recognised.
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