Some of my best freelance writing gigs have come from people in my network. These are not necessarily people I have worked with in the past. Rather, they are professionals I have met and kept in touch with over the years.
Here are three tips to successfully grow your network:
- Ask your closest clients and business partners for introductions. If you can get five people to pass your name along to five others you are well on your way to adding to your network. Soon enough you will be able to ask those five for an introduction, so on and so forth. Yes, it takes time to grow your network but in the long run it really pays off.
- Don’t be afraid to reach out to people you don’t know. From time to time I send emails and make calls to people I want to meet. Not because I want to work with them, but just to introduce myself and pick their brain. This is a great way to make new connections without the stress of having to sell your services.
- Anybody can be in your network, not just those in your direct industry. Many freelance writers believe that they can only network with other freelancers – this is not the case. Everybody can be your client. This year alone I have worked with both my real estate agent and dentist. Of course, it is my hopes that they will pass my name along to others in their industry.
If you need help growing your network the three tips above are a great place to start.