How to Network with Limited Time
Now I have had several clients share their frustration about not being able to go to networking events due to the time constraints. Let’s be honest, most of us side hustlers are working at our jobs during those classy luncheons or 2 pm networking soirees. But just because we aren’t available for daytime events doesn’t mean we can’t still network. Small business CEO, I am giving you permission to network on your own terms. If you don’t know where to start than stick around. I have 3 easy tips for you.
No one says you have to rearrange that busy schedule of yours to make it to networking meetups. Schedule meet-ups with folks you want to connect with, during a date and time convenient for you. When I started doing this I was honest about my limited schedule. I shared with the person I wanted to meet up with that #1 I loved his/her work, #2 I would like to connect over tea (I hate coffee) to learn more about their business and #3 I have limited time because I have a full-time job. I would also say something along the lines of “I work my makeup business part time but I have full-time passion for it.”
Foster Current Relationships
If you already have current connects with other vendors that have referred you, or have the potential to refer you, continue to develop those relationships. All it takes is a small number of folks that will inter-refer to have a major impact on your business. You can reach out to these folks on a regular basis, say once a month, for a variety of reasons. You can reach out to thank for the recent referral they gave you, you could refer a client to them, you can let them know about an event you think they would be good at. Just be personable. When you think of them, let them know.
Set a Goal
If you still feel compelled to make the local meet up, set a goal for it. Maybe you will make 1 per quarter. When you go to the event go with a plan. Make sure you are making your attendance worth your while. Then if you connect with 1 or 2 new people, you can circle back with them and see about setting up a coffee chat, as mentioned above. If you would like more details about networking success check out this post.