Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tips for Building Your Entrepreneur Support Network

We all need a network of people we can count on, both in our personal lives and in our businesses. For entrepreneurs in particular, support networks can be the difference in feeling like you're on your own and feeling deeply connected with other business owners and having a team of advisers, friends and partners to turn to when you're not exactly sure which direction to go.

Check out a few tips to help you create your amazing support network from entrepreneur Tina Wells:

  • Form a small group of five like-minded entrepreneurs. You've probably heard of these "mastermind" groups. However, what do you call a group for people who haven't mastered something yet? Doesn't matter -- just build one quickly. Be sure that the other four individuals you engage don't have competing businesses, and consider ways you can help each other. Additionally, be aware of time. You're all busy, so don't plan to meet more than 60 to 90 minutes once each month.
  • Join social clubs. It's essential to develop your personal network, and joining social clubs is a fantastic way to do so. You'll be exposed to great events in addition to meeting prospective clients, employees and friends. 
  • Join associations. Are you a woman entrepreneur? Look into local chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners. If you're in public relations, for example, check out Public Relations Society of America. Many fields have associations, so do a search for one in your field; you can obtain great discounts, invitations to great conferences and a network of like-minded peers. Since entrepreneurship can be lonely, developing a group of peers is important.

For four more tips, check out my source, 7 Ways to Build Your Entrepreneur Support Network.

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