How to be social and meet friends..when you work for yourself or from home

How to be social and meet friends..when you work for yourself or from home

 

All types of people are choosing to be their own boss, and reaping many benefits.

I'm sure there is a lot of "office life" that these professionals do not miss- the grumpy boss, the strict hours, the politics.

But working at a company does offer one big perk- the chance to meet lots of people and make friends.

If you are self-employed, here are some tips to keep networking, making new connections, and meeting friends and new people.

 

Network within your industry

Join a networking group.  All kinds of industries have these networking groups, from the Canadian Public Relations Society for people in PR to the AIGA for graphic designers in America with 67 chapters across the country, to the ISPA organization that brings together people in the Internet industry in the UK, there's something for everyone!

These groups normally cost a small, tax deductible fee for membership, which will make you part of a community of professionals in your industry.  They often host networking events and workshops, great for business growth, networking, and meeting with other professionals like yourself!

 

Attend trade shows with business cards, conversation topics, and a positive attitude

Make it a goal to network with one person each week, meet for a coffee or lunch and talk about work, compare notes, or learn how to help each other

Host your own networking event.  For example, throw a drop-in holiday party for others in your industry, both clients and competition



Participate in Learning Opportunities

Sign up for a class that can give you new skills in your work, e.g. accounting, or presentations

 Join skills groups such as Toastmasters, a very social organization that helps you to build public speaking confidence, and also hosts conferences

Subscribe to news feeds from local organizations that support entrepreneurs in the community, for example the Women's Entrerepise Network, which regularly hosts workshops and networking events for entrepreneurs



Work out of a Shared Co-op workspace instead of home

These office buildings bring entrepreneurs together, allowing you to rent a cubicle and share the services of an administrative assistant, working alongside other self-employed business people



Be Charitable

The networking trick that keeps on giving, find something that inspires you and give back some time by becoming a volunteer!

I know someone who is a contractor, but would volunteer to be the bbq-er at an annual women's sports tournament, it was a great opportunity to have lots of conversations, show off his competence (he always ended up doing some kind of handy man thing, like help to set up a tent, or fix a sign), and spread the word about his services in a fun environment.

 

 

5 ways to Meet New People when you move
Tips: How to work a room at a party
 

Comments 69

jimi on Monday, 11 June 2018 06:49

These office buildings bring entrepreneurs together, allowing you to rent a cubicle and share the services of an all you can eat buffet near romford administrative assistant, working alongside other self-employed business people

These office buildings bring entrepreneurs together, allowing you to rent a cubicle and share the services of an all you can eat buffet near romford administrative assistant, working alongside other self-employed business people
AsgharSeo on Thursday, 04 October 2018 08:00

The the very next time I read a blog, Lets hope so it doesnt disappoint me just as much as this. Come on, man, Yes, it was my replacement for read, but I just thought youd have something fascinating to mention. All I hear is really a handful of whining about something that you could fix in the event you werent too busy looking for attention. Audition Date and Place

The the very next time I read a blog, Lets hope so it doesnt disappoint me just as much as this. Come on, man, Yes, it was my replacement for read, but I just thought youd have something fascinating to mention. All I hear is really a handful of whining about something that you could fix in the event you werent too busy looking for attention. [url=https://auditiondateandplace.com]Audition Date and Place[/url]
jimi on Monday, 11 June 2018 06:50

These office buildings bring entrepreneurs together, allowing you to rent a cubicle and share the services of an all you can eat buffet near romford administrative assistant, working alongside other self-employed business people

These office buildings bring entrepreneurs together, allowing you to rent a cubicle and share the services of an [url=https://chinesebuffetnearmenow.net/all-you-can-eat-near-me-restaurants-offer-buffet-in-the-la/]all you can eat buffet near romford[/url] administrative assistant, working alongside other self-employed business people
Amber Puckett on Thursday, 14 June 2018 06:33

All the ramifications have been ensured for the judgment for all indiiduals. The rate of the project making and global help assignment has ben done or the use of the forms for the people for the future tines.

All the ramifications have been ensured for the judgment for all indiiduals. The rate of the project making and [url=https://assignmentman.co.uk/]global help assignment[/url] has ben done or the use of the forms for the people for the future tines.
AsgharSeo on Thursday, 04 October 2018 08:00

F*ckin’ awesome issues here. I’m very satisfied to peer your post. Thanks so much and i am looking forward to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail? Party Games For All

F*ckin’ awesome issues here. I’m very satisfied to peer your post. Thanks so much and i am looking forward to contact you. Will you kindly drop me a e-mail? [url=https://partygamesforall.com/]Party Games For All[/url]
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Sunday, 05 April 2020
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Check out our latest Pins!