Developing a connection with other like-minded entrepreneurs can be an empowering experience. It makes you more excited to tackle the seemingly overwhelming task of starting or running a business. It also lets you gather valuable information that you can use to make better decisions as an entrepreneur. Here’s how to develop them:
Go on Twitter
There are a myriad of social networking platforms that you can sign up for and be active on, but few can rival Twitter when it comes to building professional networks. Twitter’s real-time feeds and constant surge of news across industries can be a powerful tool to keep up-to-date on what’s happening in your respective space. And since other professionals also use Twitter on a daily basis, it gives you the opportunity to grab the attention of high-profile individuals that you would not be able to reach otherwise.
Join an Entrepreneur-Oriented Group
There are also a number of entrepreneurial organizations you can join in order to meet and network with other business-minded folks. Meetup.com is a popular platform that connects you with other aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs. Business Collective, Founder Society, and Young Entrepreneur Council are other organizations that you can join to get in touch with people who can help you reach your business goals.
Host a Local Meetup
Local meetups are another way to build your entrepreneurial network. Unfortunately, it doesn’t often happen since not many people want to assume the stress and pressure of planning a local meetup event. Show initiative and organize one for your neighborhood. Invite close friends, coworkers, and neighbors you’d think would enjoy an event geared towards entrepreneurship.
Spend Time in Coworking Spaces
Working in a coworking space not only breaks your mundane routine, but also helps foster creativity. When you work in a dedicated coworking space or a nearby cafe or library, you also get a chance to network with other people. Worst case scenario, you make a new contact you can tap into in the future.
Note that finding new entrepreneurs to connect with is only half of the equation; maintaining long-term relationships with them is another objective you’ll have to work towards.