“Build relationships with not only people who can help you but also with people whom you can help in return.”

Building relationships with others is essential to your success. While social media is a great way to network, it does not compare to a face-to-face encounter. Computers and companies do not do business with people; people do business with people and we need each other.

The best way to start networking is by finding events in your area. If you can find something that is tailored to your business, that would be great. You may have to think outside of the box if those instances are far and few between. The rewards of meeting the right people and having the right connections are worth the extra effort. Your encounter can result in anything from references that lead to a larger portfolio, suggestions that result in new business or the mere satisfaction from helping others.

You want to make sure that you engage with as many people as possible. You never know where your next venture will come from so no matter how minute, take advantage of the opportunity that comes your way. Be open-minded and embrace the experience. If after attending a few events, you might decide that you want to host your own, and we look forward to helping you with the process.