When you work for yourself, it is important to have a team that inspires you to do more, to do better, and to be better. Your community of like-minded friends and business associates make a great source of inspiration.
They know you, and very often, they know the industry you are involved in. They have experiences that differ from yours and can help you through the rough patches.
Many business communities are based on similar goals and experiences. Friendships are formed through research and brainstorming as well as problem solving and exploration. These developments bring a variety of entrepreneurs and start-up gurus together, and they share their knowledge in forums, classes, and over lunch. Strong bonds are built between individuals growing their business and those who have already succeed. These bonds help inspire established entrepreneurs with new ideas and offer a support structure newbies in the field.
Networking puts a wide range of individuals with various skills in touch with those who need their particular skills. Sometimes it is not obvious immediately, but as your business grows, you may need an accountant or an attorney. Who will come to mind? Will it be the person who took the time to speak with you at the networking luncheon or the person who mailed you a business card? You will probably recall the people who took the time to introduce themselves. In the end, these businesses are all part of your community and help you grow and prosper.
How you present yourself to your community allows you to develop a strong, profitable network for your business to grow and flourish. This means stepping out beyond your comfort zone and speaking up. Take the time, use your skills, talk to your friends, family and business associates about your plans and listen to their ideas and the solutions they have used for similar problems.
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