Tips for networking and personal growth for young entrepreneurs and freelancers

Tips for networking and personal growth for young entrepreneurs and freelancers

by Paresh Bramhane

They say having a great network is the key to running a successful business. But how does one network and socialize with people professionally? Many young entrepreneurs and freelancers find it difficult to establish a good networking relationship that would ultimately lead to personal and professional business growth. 

So how does one establish a good work and personal relationship? We at iKeva have listed down a few pointers that would help in everyone’s networking and professional growth. 

Upgrading your skills.

Every industry is constantly changing. Simple apps like social media, banking, e-commerce constantly keep upgrading their tech and software. Imagine a scenario where you’re using a typewriter in a world that is using a touch screen tablet. Feels left out, doesn’t it? In the same way, every professional or freelancer must constantly focus on upskilling and upgrading their skills with the current times. Constantly researching the new market trends of your field and upgrading your skills  accordingly is a must! 

Positive Mindset

Being a freelancer or a young entrepreneur comes with a lot of challenges and hardships. There are days where you are without projects and there are days where you are packed with them. People will take time to trust you and establish a good networking relationship with you. Never get disheartened. Stay positive and have the right attitude. You will be recognized for your work based on your skills and positive attitude. A positive mindset will enable you to pursue challenging and long-term goals. 

Take On Exciting Projects 

When you’re starting as a freelancer or an entrepreneur you need to establish your brand and identity. Clients recognize you for your work. We work for money, but money isn’t the only factor that we should worry about. Take on new projects which excite you even if the pay is low. These projects are a great way to build your portfolio and showcase your skills and work.

Coworking Space

One of the best ways to build new relationships and network with like-minded individuals is to join a coworking space in Bangalore. Collaborating on new projects and sharing work experiences will help you grow individually and professionally. Coworking spaces act like business centres and host conferences and events every month for their members. This is a good opportunity to meet new people and build long-lasting relationships. 

Networking Events

Different organizations and groups often host various conferences and events around the year. These conferences are a great opportunity to meet new people related to your field, network, and upgrade your skills. These events guide you on the present and future market trends of the industry. Attending these networking events will help you build your skills, contacts, and knowledge of the industry. 

Follow Up Meetings are a Must 

You are a freelancer and are new to the industry. Clients hesitate to give you work because you do not have the portfolio and experience to show off your skills. They take time to trust in you. Don’t be disheartened. Push for follow-up meetings and calls. Make the client believe that you’re interested in the project. Follow-up calls can also act as a confidence booster to the client. They’d probably get many proposals to take on the project, your follow-up call will help them remember you and they may even hire you. 

Online Networking Groups

The internet has made it possible to meet all kinds of people from across the globe even at remote locations. You no longer have to take a flight to London to meet Marcus and attend his skill development workshop. You can attend his workshop sitting at your coworking desk in Hyderabad through a skype or zoom call. Use the internet as a tool to join and network in various online groups as per your interests and amplify your skills. 

iKeva strongly believes that building and upgrading your skills and strengthening your network are the backbone of personal growth. 

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