The Importance of Networking

The Importance of Networking

The Importance of Networking

Posted by Kathi Fuhrman
October 19, 2022 | Uncategorized

As business owners, networking can provide opportunities to expand and grow your connections and resources both within and outside your industry. While in-person networking may have been put on hold for the greater half of the last two years, we are slowly getting back to traditional business events and gatherings. So taking advantage of these opportunities can positively impact your business. 

Who to network with

When it comes to choosing networking events, it’s good to maintain a variety of functions and gatherings throughout the year. We recommend finding events that encompass other businesses within your field and also purposefully seeking out those that do not. Maintaining a variety ensures that you’re creating possible partnerships or resources for your current industry while also expanding your resources for future endeavors or career opportunities. 

Pro Tip: Don’t forget your business cards!

Benefits of networking

One of the most obvious benefits of networking is the expansion of contacts and relationships as your business grows. Even if another business owner doesn’t exactly relate to your business, they often have other contacts they can refer you to. The idea of cultivating connections is to create new opportunities to communicate with like-minded individuals and open doors for potential collaborations. 

A secondary benefit of networking often overlooked is the opportunity to practice marketing and interview skills. The more chances we take to speak about our skills and interests, the easier it is when we are being interviewed or asked questions by others. As you continue to attend new events and speak to others within and outside of your current network, your level of comfort and confidence will increase. 

Networking events are one aspect of business ownership that is often overlooked. Be encouraged that these types of gatherings can make a huge difference in the relevance and success of your business.

If you’re having difficulty finding events near you, consider hosting a networking event yourself! You probably aren’t the only business owner seeking out these gatherings. If you would like to meet other professionals in the Hanover, PA area, consider joining Kathi at her weekly Rotary meetings on Tuesdays at 12 noon at The Markets at Hanover.

About The Author

Kathi Fuhrman

Kathi Fuhrman, owner of Fuhrman Creative has many years of online marketing experience.

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