It’s essential to have a networking plan. Allowing networking efforts to just happen can mean missed opportunities, wasted time and drained personal energy for owners. This is especially true for introverted entrepreneurs, for whom networking can already feel like a chore. Planning networking efforts, even when we take into account the necessary flexibility for unpredictable business life, not only helps with time management, but also creates a structure that allows for benchmarking and review. Start by deciding how much time is available, away from the business, to network and build relationships. Use social media and other online resources to investigate people, events and organizations in order to spend valuable time in the best places. Go to networking events with goals in mind: number of people to meet, number of one-on-one meetings to schedule, number of hours to spend building brand image. Have a budget, not only for time but for money. Know every month how many cups of coffee, salad lunches and entry fees the budget will allow; don’t go over this amount.
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