Ask The Fedora Posts
Today our #AskTheFedora shares some smart networking tips you should use!
My philosophy to ‘smart’ networking is when you go up to someone for the first time, please don’t just say “here’s my business card; you need me, I’m so great and I’ll make your life so much better”. No. The purpose to a smart networking event is to connect with someone in a way that’s not a sales-pitch; that’s not a way to get them to hire you on the spot. To me, the smart way to network is to ask them questions about themselves. People like talking about themselves. It makes you in a better position when you become a good listener. That’s a very important skill in networking and I encourage you all to try talking less; listening more.
Today our #AskTheFedora video encourages you to look at networking as a long-term goal.
How do I find the time to balance all the networking events and follow-ups that are required? This is what I treat as a full-time business. It’s people. Because people buy into people. Take the time to respond to every single e-mail that comes your way since the other person took time to write you, it just seems like a courteous thing to do to reply. I spend a lot of my time replying to people, following-up with people, connecting on LinkedIn and entering everyone’s information in my database. I don’t know if it’s going to get me a gig this week, but it may in 6 months or a year from now, especially if you see them at regular events you’re going to continue to build this relationship with people.
This week on Ask the Fedora: Tips For Starting A Business On A Limited Budget.
Congratulations! You’re thinking of starting a business and want to be an entrepreneur? That’s great! There’s no better time to start! If you’re about to start a business and don’t have any money don’t panic. One good opportunity that many entrepreneurs start with is by speaking to their family who may be able to help out. Start looking at your actual costs. If you have to pay rent, mortgage or gas, see where you may be able to cut-back because starting a business for many is not cheap. While you might not necessarily need to incorporate right away or start spending tens of thousands of dollars on advertising, you will need business cards, a website, a good graphic designer a videographer and other essential details. There are, however, lots of options out there. Perhaps you might be able to get a loan or grant to help you start. Most regions have such opportunities available but it’s a matter of finding out what they are and the application/competitive process involved. There must be programs around your region that you can tap-into. Ottawa, for example, has Invest Ottawa, L-Spark, the Ontario Self Employment Benefits Program and others. See what’s available in your town to help people promote and start a business. You may be surprised to find that there could be funding applicable to you! Get out there and start connecting with people and ask them if they know of any such programs that can help you start a business.
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