Networking Is Wise
There are many forms of networking. A person can attend trade shows, flea markets, and other events. You can also join online forums, social sites and other areas where you can meet like-minded people.
The benefits of networking are numerous for freelancers, and they are also large for those who outsource to freelancers.
In this article, we are going to look at some of the primary benefits of networking. Follow along and you will understand the importance of networking for your freelance business.
Increase Job Offers and Sales
When other people in your network realize that you are a freelancer, you will start getting more job opportunities. They may have jobs for you, or they may know people. The key is to make sure it is known that you are a freelancer. If you have a website, have links to it. Post pictures of your business card. Networking will get you jobs.
Networking with others will allow you to learn new and different ideas. Much of my life’s education has come from just listening and learning from others.
To Show Your Stuff
Just saying you are a freelancer doesn’t mean you are an expert at your trade. By networking, you can show off some of your work.
Meet And Befriend Other Freelancers
Now why would I want to befriend the competition? Well, it just makes good sense. You can learn from them as in the education part above. I have found myself overloaded with work, and by sharing some with others, when work is low, maybe they will do the same.
Going along with this, getting to know freelancers in other areas also can help you. A good example would be: I am a freelance writer and I get to know a website designer. When he/she has a job that requires written content, who will they recommend first? Their freelance writing friend of course.
Maybe you will run into a difficult situation in a freelance job. Just throw the question out to your network and someone should have an answer.
So Where Should You Network?
When it comes to offline networking, it is wise to find events that are in line with the type of freelancing you do. As a writer, I am wide open in that, almost every business needs writers. Go to speaking events, trade shows, and anything else where other business people will be. Dress properly, and carry a large supply of business cards.
When it comes to online networking, that is simple:
- Online forums
- On blogs in your niche, leave comments with a signature leading to your website.
Networking is just wise business. The benefits of networking will add up quickly. If you want a successful network marketing business, start networking.