There are many ways to connect with people, mostly today those are digital connections…but it is important to remember that meeting people face-to-face will help to establish real relationships. This means carving out some time that you can meet people in your community. A huge benefit to networking is that you will get to know other business owners (who provide services different or similar to yours) that you will feel comfortable referring people to if you need to. It will help to establish as a connected local business owner who your clients can turn to for information.
The best place to start is at the Chamber of Commerce, one of their main functions is to help local businesses. There are also several independent networking groups (both free and membership based) that work to meet different needs of the business community.
Have patience and find the group(s) that will be the best fit for you and give you the results you want. Ultimately you should be looking for other like-minded people who will want to give you client referrals and you in turn will want to do the same.
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