Before you leave your office you take a look at the calendar to prepare for tomorrow. There it is… that networking breakfast, lunch or meeting. Also on tomorrow’s calendar is a mile long “To Do List” of things you HAVE to get done. What do you do?
I opened my Personal and Business Concierge service, Another You, almost a year ago. Like with most start-ups, I had a lot more time than actual work. In the beginning. I considered Networking to be my full-time job. I had to get my name out there! I needed to build a network of people who I could refer to, count on, and hold me accountable. I understood that building relationships would build my business so I visited as many networking groups in the Dayton area as I could find. After a few meetings, I joined as many as my small budget would allow. For the past 6-9 months, it has not been uncommon for me to have 5-7 networking events scheduled on my calendar each week. I agree with Alan Collins , that, “Pulling a good network together takes effort, sincerity and time.”
Because I am blessed, have worked hard and have had the help of supportive people in my life, my business is really starting to grow! Now I find that I am having a hard time fitting in client work, networking, and the administrative tasks of my business.
- Decisions: If you skip the networking meeting and use that time to work, you might actually be able to complete and cross off most items on your To Do List. That then leaves time in the day for family, friends; whatever you enjoy. Work-life balance is very important.
- Decisions: I find that networking can be fun. My business has grown because of networking. I am still looking for new clients and feel that networking is the best way to market my small business. Cindy Gaboury Co-Owner of Audio, Etc. , who I met through networking says, “If it was important enough to you to add to your calendar, then you should attend the event.”
So how do you decide on how many networking events you attend? How many events do you add to your calendar that you do NOT attend? How much time do you devote each week to networking? Just how important is networking to your business?
About the Author: Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Personal and Business Concierge service in the Dayton, Ohio area. Sheri helps busy people with a focus on the small business owner. Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business. 937-416-2207