Motivation has an direct impact on productivity. Although most entrepreneurs are passionate about what they are doing, they can sometimes succumb to the evil clutches of laziness and boredom just like any other human beings.
In this blog post on motivation tips for entrepreneurs, we are going to look at why networking with fellow entrepreneurs can provide the much needed motivation while running our own ventures.
Why Networking Helps to Motivate Entrepreneurs?
There are a lot of reasons why entrepreneurs should network among each other to help in self motivation. The following are reasons why networking will help to motivate entrepreneurs.
Comparison of Performance
Although I want you to make business competition irrelevant, you should be looking at your competitor’s performance from time to time and compare their results against yours.
Take this blog for example. I always measure my traffic against estimated traffic of Small Biz Bee and Retire at 21. Matt and Michael are my buddies and competitors at the same time. It is the level of traffic that they are getting that push me on in terms of producing good content and spending time on marketing for this blog.
Keep Up with Each Other
Entrepreneurs are rare and if you are one, I am sure that it has been really hard to find like-minded people unless you are studying an entrepreneurship course or working with entrepreneurs like me frequently.
The last motivating words that an entrepreneur would want to hear are those that come from people without the entrepreneurial mindset. Doing something alone is boring. Without the right support, you tend to give up easily. Thus, if you want to get to your entrepreneurship goals, start networking today!
Just like anyone, we don’t have every resources or skills necessary to run a successful venture. Often times, it is the lack of resources, be it funds, knowledge, experience or advice that are pulling back entrepreneurs from starting out. Also, there are a multitude of other great resources on the web for entrepreneurs.
Again, networking with fellow entrepreneurs help to patch these holes. For example, I have been sharing a lot tips for small business owners and marketers through Twitter while I get a lot of feedback on things that I am unfamiliar with such as journalism, online retailing, small business funding and many more!
How to Network with Other Entrepreneurs?
With the reasons above, the next thing that should come into your mind is how are you going to connect with people who share the same entrepreneurial thoughts as you.
Social Networking Platforms
Social networking sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter connect people all around the world together. Apart from using these platforms to find new people to connect with, keeping the relationship going can also be done easily with the incorporated functionalities.
I highly recommend Twitter for this because the 140 characters limitation makes it much easier for you to approach people that you have not spoken with. Keep this in mind though. You are trying to build a network and develop relationships, not to pitch your product or services to someone else.
Emails, Instant Messaging, Phone Calls
The above means of communication happen on a more personal level. For example, my instant messaging clients are normally used to discuss personal agendas other than business such as studies, current issues and thoughts on self improvement and productivity with other entrepreneurs.
Attending Events and Conferences
Attending trade events and conferences is a must do for me this year as I am trying to connect with more local small business owners and entrepreneurs. When it comes to networking, nothing beats a face-to-face interaction.
You will be much comfortable dealing with a person that you had met with him face-to-face. Before you shortlist and start attending events and conferences that are relevant to you and your business, make sure that you have read Trade Show Attendance Tips.
Apart from trade events and conferences, local Chamber of Commerce meetings are also popular in some places for small business owners to meet up.
Connect with Me
If you are already following me on Twitter, you will notice that I love to ask questions, reply to other people’s tweets and follow active Twitter users back because I love to network and interact with people.
Start connecting with me today. I don’t mind whether you are trying to ask me a question, pitch me or just to make friends. Feel free to use any of the following means:
Are You Connecting with Fellow Entrepreneurs?
What are some of the ways that you prefer to connect with other small business owners and entrepreneurs? Do you think networking with like-minded people can motivate you in getting things done as well as achieving your business goals?
Share your thoughts and your own tips in the comments section. Hearing from you is priceless.
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