Networking is connecting with others and creating mutually beneficial relationships. You can't expect clients to just give you referrals, you must help them grow their business as well. From Chamber of Commerce meetings to meeting others from community schools and businesses, networking can come in many forms.
Publishing Articles for Local Magazines
Publishing articles in local magazines is a great way to introduce yourself to the community and remind businesses that you are there to help them with their IT issues. Many local publications will allow you to write as a freelancer or barter for advertising space.
Working with Community Schools
Schools always need volunteers. You can speak to high school classes, and if you consult with the administration first, you may even be able to send home business flyers with students.
Offering speaking engagements to local businesses and organizations is a great way to get the word out about your company. The Chamber and many organizations helping others start businesses are always needing speakers, so always offer your services.
Learn more about business networking in the full article (link above).
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