Being a freelance worker certainly has it’s plus points (no daily commute anyone?) but when it comes to growing your network it can be difficult. Freelancers often rely on their network to secure more work, so it’s important that you know how to do it effectively. Here’s a few tips to help:
Don’t work from home…
No, there’s no need to rush off and get a perm job somewhere, but do get out of your home office and work in a new location. Co-working spaces have the benefits of a fixed office, without the annoyances or distractions (like getting pulled in to endless meetings). It’s a great way to meet other freelancers and small business owners and excellent for securing future work. If you fancy a trip away think about taking a co-working holiday. Check out companies like Cowork Algarve, Hacker Paradise and Livit Spaces.
Go to events
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Attending industry events is for more than just personal development. You get to mingle with your industry peers and also have the opportunity to meet hiring managers and business owners. Don’t limit yourself to attending only events for your specific sector. Have a think and branch out to relative sectors where there may be people who are looking to hire your skill set.
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Don’t underestimate the power of social media. LinkedIn and Twitter are great for starting conversations, find and follow business that you are interested in working with and strike up a conversation. Also try Facebook groups for local networking, 15% of freelancers in a recent survey said they use Facebook to find new business. Have a look at Meetup.com for groups that you can join. It’s great for finding like-minded people in your field of work or for casual interests.