How To Find Events for Your Business...
If you watch Keeping Up (which if you’re on this site - you probably do!) then you know that Kris Jenner tends to always have meetings.
She’s always on her phone, connecting with people, and making deals.
And as an entrepreneur, you have to know that a huge part of your success depends on your ability to network with new people often.
If you’re not meeting new people - you’re not making money so do your best to make yourself available to people who need your help.
Now I know in 2019, the assumption is that everyone is doing business mainly online and although that is true, real life is not dead.
You can still make a lot of money by going the “old fashioned” route and connecting “belly to belly” as they like to say. lol So here are a few places I go to find local events to attend so I can connect with people in real life and find friends AND customers!
Instagram (use hashtags within your area such as #ChicagoEvents or even #ChicagoBloggers, they often know of local events to attend)
Chamber of Commerce
Coffee club message boards (Starbucks and other local coffee clubs)
Each of these websites have places where you can see local events that are nearby and it’s definitely worth checking these places out.
An added benefit of networking is that you may find that
(1) Your mood improves because you’re going outside and REALLY connecting with people face to face and
(2) it may feel easier to drum up business than it is online.
Social media is a lot of fun, but it’s also really stressful and it can be a challenge to get “noticed” these days with the algorithms and the way they are set up.
It’s not “dead”, you can still find people to help and they can find you too - but it’s not as easy as it was in 2010, when the market just wasn’t as saturated as it is now.
So if you find yourself getting frustrated to be seen online OR you’re struggling to build authentic connections online - get offline and get outside.
TIP: You don’t always have to attend some really fancy networking event either. You can also go to fun things and just connect with people. For example, go to happy hours or Sip and Paints.
Attend places where you can meet people who have the same hobbies as you. DON’T JUST WHIP OUT YOUR BUSINESS CARD. Focus on asking questions and getting to know the person - they’ll naturally ask you what you do and then you can briefly share. Make the first encounter about connection though, rather than business and then maybe set up another time to meet up to co-work, talk business, or network.