"Anything is possible when you have the right people to support you-Misty Copeland.
The thing that most entrepreneurs aren’t prepared for, is how lonely the life is. Usually without support from friends and family, they often succumb to overwork and burnout.
Worse yet, when faced with challenges, they internalize their struggle, and instead of reaching out for support, they isolate themselves-closing off help and support from within their community.
However, small business is all about networking, building relationships and taking action.
You can't make it out here alone...so it’s good to have the support of those who are also "building"-to draw energy from and keep you going.
Here's 5 other reasons to find your "Tribe":
It gives you an opportunity to share what you know.
That "Boulder" you're currently struggling with? It's probably a "Pebble"- but you'll never know if you keep it to yourself. Whether it’s asking for feedback or discussing your point of view, sharing your struggles and your successes with others allows you to see things from another perspective-plus, you could actually help someone else!
I've always believed that one woman's success can only help another woman's success - Gloria Vanderbilt.
2. Networking provides you with limitless opportunities
I love to see #smallbusinessowners collaborate. A hairdresser can collaborate with someone who makes silk bonnets. A soap maker can collaborate with an #entrepreneur who's making body scrubs. You see where I'm going with this?
Networking also offers referrals or requests for services. So, while you won't know when or how they'll materialize, it's important to be ready to seize opportunities when they come along. And if you think that networking is a waste of time, here's what will happen- yup, nothing.
You'll be stuck in the same place, wondering why anyone else is moving forward.
Don't think of a networking event as a "one-off experience". And you're not there to sell! What you're THERE FOR ?
Gaining exposure for your brand,
Building connections with other #founders.
Sharing your experiences.
Finding out how you can serve others.
If someone you encounter at an event, matches a product or service provider you know, don’t hesitate to share their details. It'll only strengthen your relationship.
Individually we are one drop...together, we're an ocean-Melissa April
4. Networking with others Increases your confidence.
Most of us find it hard to start up a conversation with a stranger, However, when we network, we force ourselves out of our "comfort zone" - we push ourselves.
Networking increases your confidence. This is an important attribute as a business owner, since the growth of your business is dependent on talking to people and making connections.
5. It raises your profile.
By regularly attending business and social events, people will begin to recognize you. This helps build your reputation as a knowledgeable, reliable and supportive person by offering useful information or tips to those who need it. You're also more likely to get more leads and referrals as you'll be "top of mind" when anyone needs what you're offering.
Behind every successful woman, is a tribe of other successful women who have her BACK - #Fempreneurship101
Need any other reasons?
Come join us for our upcoming "Business Mixer" on Sunday 8th May, at Zoma's Creative Space, 1st Street West, Montague Avenue Trincity.
For an investment of $TT500, you'll be wined and dined by some of the best small business services.
We've also partnered with other #alphafemales who've been where you are-and who are willing to share their "Super Woman Story"!
To register, click on this link : https://form.jotform.com/220838336600856
And bring a friend!