Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Day 5 - Joining a Networking Group

Relationships are the catalyst for success.
People do business with those they like and trust.
Serve as a resource, help others succeed. 

While I've been more than happy to stay holed up in my little studio, wearing comfy sweats, and making jewelry all day, I realize the importance of meeting new people in order to grow my business in new ways. I've done a decent job growing my business by learning about Etsy, taking good pictures, and word of mouth. But there's a whole big world out there and I want them to know about me!

Networking is about making connections and building enduring, mutually beneficial relationships. Plus it's fun, especially after a few long days only conversing with my dog!

Networking is inexpensive. It’s full of like-minded individuals that you can work with or learn from in some way. Also, face-to-face networking events create lasting impressions in the minds of people you meet.

Today, I officially joined Wink, Women Inkorporated, a women's business networking group based out of San Diego. The good news is that they are going national and chapters will be opening up all over the U.S. Not only am I meeting other women business owners, I am learning so much because they have fantastic guest speakers at each meeting. Examples of some of the speaking events I've attended are:
  • Facebook Ads and Boosted Posts
  • The 30-60-90 Day Plan for Your 2014 Sales
  • The Entrepreneur Mindset Panel 
  • Leverage: The Secret Weapon of Successful Solopreneur's

I found Wink at Meetup.com. Meetup is a great site where you can find a wide range of groups for every interest imaginable. While there are many business networking groups in every city, it's just a matter of finding the one that suits you. For me, Wink was the perfect match.

Here is their website for more information on Wink:
If you are interested in starting a chapter in your city, please e-mail me for more information.

I look forward to sharing the information that I learn from attending these meetings. In fact, I've already made one contact that is offering me a new type of opportunity I would never have thought to pursue on my own. More about that on Thursday!