It's who you know, not what you know that counts. A fitting saying not only for a business owner but also for a budding freelancer. Whether you like or not, freelancing works like a business. You don't have a boss because YOU ARE the boss.
I may sound too nagging. But it's your job to find the clients and deliver quality output. It's your job to pay the bills. It's your job to rake in all the dough you can get.
Ultimately, the one who succeeds is the one who gets a steady flow of loyal clients. You need to know more people. And your own circle of influence may not be enough.
But what if you don't like to go to networking events? Or worse what if you don't want to go out your home at all? Luckily, business networking even while being a typical introvert and antisocial is possible in this new age.
These are 6 ways to do business networking without leaving your home (Almost).
Arguably, the people you know is the best lead generation source you may tap into. They already have a grasp of your credibility and work ethic. You might have worked with them and they know you can be trusted.
All you need is ASK. If you have a good relationship with them, there is no harm in asking for an introduction for some of their peers. If you happen to know an influential person in their circle, why not ask?
But remember, don't be a goal-digging prick who just befriends people just because of who they know. Still be genuine and let this introduction be incidental from your stronger relationship.
Put your stalking skills to the test. You might admire someone and want to connect with them. So if you follow their social media or their blogs, why not leave down a comment for their blog post. Not the fangirling type but like a comment appreciating the value of their work.
If you find that their content is really useful, why not share it in your own social media and tag them? At best, you might get to hear from them. But for sure, you will get to mingle with other people who admire him/her and that's networking, am I right?
And speaking of sharing good content, why not share your own noteworthy articles yourself? You may want to build your own website and freely give out articles in your chosen field.
If you build your brand well, you may even get to write a guest post in other blogs. Don't be afraid to share it. Get rid of that imposter syndrome. In the end, people might connect with you because of the value they get.
While you may not be able to write articles all day, joining Facebook groups might be your gateway to a growing network.
If you see discussions that you are interested in, feel free to pitch in your ideas and explanations. In this way, you have helped the community's knowledge grow and they might actually keep in touch with you.
Seek to contribute. So don't be afraid to mingle, learn, and give value.
But before you become friends, people usually stalk your social media profile. Better make sure you have presentable photos online. Delete the stuff that would embarrass you like your College drinking all-nighter. You don't want to see that.
Add people you meet (both physical and virtual) on Facebook, LinkedIn, and etc. for possible projects in the future. Chat with them or maybe hangout once in a while. For what it's worth, at least you get a lifelong friend if done right.
Nothing beats real life personal interaction. If you build enough rapport, maybe you can invite your newfound friends in a restaurant near your place. Have your new group mingle with each other and let them network as well. With this, your group clique would even grow further.
You get to see as many people as you can in your own turf. And you (almost) didn't leave your house for it.