Creating a positive network of peers is not the same for everyone. A lot has to do with:
Your personal goals
Where you live
What type of networking you enjoy
The size of your business
Your professional business
The type of business you’re operating
Where you are in your business journey (thinking about starting, brand new, or someone with years of experience)
Think about the kinds of women you want to surround yourself with. Ask yourself:
Do I want people with similar goals?
Am I looking for a mentor?
Do I want people with a similar personality?
Do I want people who are the same age, or do I want a more diverse group?
2. Take advantage of social media platforms
Once you know what you’re looking for, it is time to go out and find it.
A great place to do this is social networking sites like Facebook or LinkedIn.
You can search these sites for existing groups that meet your criteria, or you can create a group of your own. If you choose to do the latter, you can use ads or hashtags to help put your group in front of the type of people you want to form connections with.
3. Set up a profile on Meetup.com
Another way to find like-minded entrepreneurs is to create a Meetup.com profile.
Meetup.com allows you to create or join groups based on:
The type of side gig you run
How you work (part-time vs. full-time)
Whether people work remotely
Things you want to learn
Where you live
Then, you can set up in-person meetings. It’s an effective way to network because it helps take away some of the insecurity certain people face when they go to a networking event. You’ve already connected with some of the people on Meetup.com. Now you get to meet them in person instead of meeting strangers for the first time.
4. Invest in summits and/or conferences
The great thing about running your own business is that you get to choose what type of events you want to attend. If you’re an employee, you most likely have to go to those your boss chooses for you.
As your own boss, however, you get to decide whether you want to attend an event to:
You can attend conferences in-person or online. Some are free, while others charge for admittance or a fee for lifetime access to the video content.
5. Always be yourself
If you’re authentic with yourself and others, you’ll build a network of women who will help you throughout your entrepreneurial journey. On the other hand, if you’re trying to be something or someone you’re not, you will attract the wrong people. That can result in discouragement, comparisonitis, and failure to reach your goals.
Trust is a big part of building a network. You can’t have trust with others if you aren’t yourself. It can be hard to do this when you’re first starting. Remember, though, that everyone had to start somewhere and that the people in your network will want you to succeed.
6. Don’t just ask for help
If you’re just starting, it can be easy to keep asking for guidance, opinions, suggestions, and tips. That shouldn’t be all that you add to the group. Doing so will eventually exhaust others and make them question what they’re getting out of the group.
However, if you add some insights of your own, you’ll contribute to the group’s camaraderie. And yes, even if you’re a beginner, you have something of value to contribute—even if it’s a virtual pat on the back.
7. Expand the scope of your network
It’s easy to think of your network as only the people you surround yourself with or those you’ve reached out to for sharing support and inspiration.
However, when building your network of women, remember that your support and inspiration can go beyond in-person or on-Zoom interactions.
Seek out podcasters, YouTubers, and authors who can build you up and inspire you, such as:
Watching, reading, or listening to your favorite female entrepreneurs will help motivate you when you’re feeling insecure, bored, lonely, or even when you’re questioning whether this is the best path for you.
Gain valuable skills while you grow your network
Vector has a strong reputation for providing free training and resources to their team. We want those who work with us to succeed, and we know one of the best ways to do that is through quality training.
Our team members start building their network from within the company. They get inspiration from those that have come before and have worked their way into top sales or managerial positions.
Your social selling side gig awaits—and also your chance to build your network of badass women!
Are you interested in a side gig opportunity with Vector? Contact us today to request an interview.