Sometimes freelancers come in packs. We blog together. We cowork together. We commiserate together. We even form unions together. We’re a community. And then sometimes one of us breaks away from the pack.
You don’t know me. Well, maybe you do. But the way you know me is because your previous client asked you to email me some files because they are my new client. So when I got your email with unusable files and the snarky message, I was a little surprised. I mean, it seems like you’re angry at me for some reason. Again, we’ve never interacted before this. You had a lot to say about the client. You had a lot to say about me. And now I have a few things to say.
So remember when I said that I needed to find reasons to brush my teeth and leave my home office more often? Well, I wasn’t just writing that so I could tell you about a three year old’s bad breath. I was serious about getting out and about. I started with a lecture with CreativeMornings Austin.
So a while back, I made a decision to socialize more in person with my various communities than online. It easy for the computer savvy geek in me to limit my interactions to tweets, posts, and likes. But I also believe that forgoing in person connections makes PJ a dull girl. So I push myself to make public appearances when I can.
Networking isn’t that simple. If it were, every business would succeed wildly. While it’s true the right individual can get you what you need, actually contacting this person in the first place can be a bit of a challenge. Here are a few ways to make it much easier so you can work on improving and expanding your business.