Business networking is an excellent strategy for making good career decisions, particularly for anyone thinking of starting a business and becoming self-employed. It is a simple, powerful idea
Follow the five steps recommended in the Networking guide at our companion website, Career Key. While it is written for people choosing a career, you will find it of equal value. Just apply the ideas to your situation. Here are a couple ways business networking benefits people considering self-employment or who are actively self-employed:
- Find referrals for professionals who can help you start and sustain your business, like accountants, bookkeepers, and lawyers.
- Connect with alumni connections on LinkedIn for customer referrals, business advice, and researching the target market. Are they doing what you want to do, but in a different geographic region?