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Networking is crucial to success, especially as an entrepreneur.
There’s a wealth of information and plenty of opportunity to tap into when you connect with others on the same path as you.
But as an entrepreneur, how do you find these individuals and start building connections?
Let’s look at 12 ways busy entrepreneurs like yourself can find like-minded peers.
#1. Join Online Groups/Communities
There’s no shortage of online groups and communities dedicated to helping entrepreneurs network, regardless of whether you’re looking for a specific group of people who do what you do or trying to meet a broader group of entrepreneurs.
Use Google to see if you can find any of these online groups that interest you and ask to be invited in or create an account to join them.
#2. Look for Local Meetups
Meetup is an excellent app to use when trying to find like-minded individuals.
While you might have to do a bit of searching to find the right group, you’ll likely find a few entrepreneur groups either in your city or in surrounding areas.
#3. Local Networking Events Through Eventbrite
Meetup is a great place to start, but don’t discount other platforms like Eventbrite.
Much like with Meetup, you might find some entrepreneurial groups and events in your area that will help you connect with others in your space who are either at your level or working to get there.
#4. Old School Social Clubs
You don’t necessarily need to target entrepreneurial groups to find those you can relate to or want to emulate.
Old school and exclusive clubs offer an excellent opportunity to connect with those in social circles you’re trying to get into.
Consider membership requirements and any fees you must pay to get into these clubs.
#5. Masterminds and Retreats
Mastermind groups and retreats are both wonderful events to attend if you’re looking to find entrepreneurs.
Masterminds are generally much smaller, although retreats can be small depending on where they take place, how much they cost, and the community’s exclusivity.
#6. Social Apps
It might sound strange initially, but some apps resemble dating apps to help entrepreneurs and business professionals connect with others in their space.
These apps might not have many users, but they’re a place to start.
#7. Co-working Spaces
Where do others meet peers?
At work, of course!
Being an entrepreneur, one good way to get in touch with others at work is to take advantage of co-working spaces where you can meet others doing their work.
#8. VR Spaces
Virtual reality is a relatively new niche where people are starting to recognize the value of creating spaces for professionals to meet up.
While many of these are co-working spaces, some are virtual worlds, with others looking to conduct work in a space where they’re truly locked in.
See if you can find something that appeals to you if you have your headset and some extra time on your hands.
#9. Traditional Outreach
How did entrepreneurs meet each other before?
Along with the other recommendations above, you could always do something more common and contact other business owners.
Whether you’re just trying to connect or pursuing a business partnership, this is an excellent way to meet others who are serious about what they do.
#10. Social Media
Social media is all about connection, so it stands to reason that you’ll easily be able to find entrepreneurs there.
Besides the suggestion of joining groups provided above, search for others using hashtags, browse certain categories of posts to find others, or scroll until you find someone recommended to you that you like.
#11. Online Influencers (and Their Groups)
Online influencers already have an established community of people who enjoy what they have to say and any products or services that they offer.
If they host live streams or have communities where these people congregate, you might be able to find entrepreneur influencers and tap into their community to meet your tribe.
#12. Find Slack Groups in Your Industry
Slack is one of the most popular communication apps for those running businesses, but it doesn’t just help teams communicate with each other.
There are a myriad of groups out there that use Slack to talk about events and ideas or even look for jobs or post jobs.
See if there are entrepreneur groups you can join to talk to the collective and entrepreneurs you resonate with one-on-one.
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