I spend a lot of time trying to continuously find ways to keep my creative process going. I’m always searching for things that spark inspiration while continuing to learn along the way. I typically listen to music from the time I wake up until I take a bath at night but when a friend suggested The Blog Millionaire podcast, I opted to try something different. One thing led to the next and I ended up finding the Side Hustle Pro podcast, which was perfect for me because it highlights minority women who have or are planning to turn their side hustles into a full blown entrepreneurial business. I sat through six episodes while at my desk and one particular topic stood out most to me – making sure you network on your level.
As beginners in this business world, we wish someone would just tell us everything they knew to get where they are. We want to learn from the best, we want to be in their shoes and understand the path they took. We’ll pay hundreds of dollars to sit in a seminar with a “mogul” who doesn’t leave us with any more information than we would’ve found on their Twitter timeline. We’ll send hundreds of emails hoping to collaborate with someone we admire and there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s wonderful to reach out to people who are sitting in the seat you want because you’ll never know what could come from it.
What we often fail to do is take advantage of our immediate network. Whether you acknowledge it or not, you are surrounded by people who are striving for the same things you are even if it’s in different ways. Our walks are always different, though our destinations may be the same. Even in your beginning stages, you have something to add to the business conversation too. The most powerful tool in networking is to actually build a strong network of like-minded individuals going in the same direction. You know why? They’re in the same trial and error process. These are the people who show up to your events. They’re not above replying to your texts. They’ve tried something that you haven’t and can tell you what to do (or not do). They stir up great ideas and have strengths that you lack. They actually hold you accountable by checking in on the things you said you would do. These are the connections you need to build, not the kind that sound good because you mentioned a popular name.
I tried doing it all on my own, but there are some things Google and YouTube just can’t provide. In the short amount of time I’ve been doing this, I’ve been blessed to come across few but priceless individuals who have ironically helped me with all that I need. From photography, to media kits, graphic design and working the back end of my WordPress site, I’ve thankfully networked a “team” who teaches me as I go. I encourage you to network on your level. Big names are nice, but we want results. Build with producers.
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