Business in the Modern World
Modern technology has given budding entrepreneurs the chance to start a business with little more than a computerised device. From blogging and vlogging to running an e-commerce site, many businesses are run without the need for physical premises. However, having a web presence is virtually a necessity for all businesses in 2019 – whether or not they have a shopfront or office.
Given the emphasis on technology in the modern world of business, it would be easy to disregard the importance of reaching out and connecting with others. However, the reality is that in order to grow a successful business, it’s essential to maintain a presence outside of your immediate list of contacts; in order to maximise your business’ potential, you need to invest time into networking, learning and exploring new possibilities.
But how often should you attend events and conventions to propel your business forward?
Propelling Your Business Forward
Some people quickly tire of networking or attending business events if they aren’t getting the desired results. The reality is that it often takes a little patience and persistence to establish your own credibility before business comes your way. Consistency of approach is therefore essential to ensure your business’ message is being conveyed effectively.
Ideally, you should set aside at least 2 hours per week to attend a business-focused event or conference. Used effectively, this time will reap great rewards for your business in the long term.
What Kind of Events Should I Attend?
There are a whole host of different events available to all business owners – many of which are free of charge. Ask your contacts and suppliers for recommendations and use a search engine to find events in your local area. As a business owner, there are three main types of event that you should be looking out for:
- Networking events: Joining an established networking group in your local area can help you to spread the word about your goods and services through referrals and passing business between members.
- Conventions: Industry-specific business conventions offer great opportunities for like-minded business people to share their knowledge and collaborate in a supportive environment. There are conventions for every imaginable sector, such as this Vape Event which is opening its doors to all those with an interest in Vape
- Seminars: Business seminars and lectures are another great way to meet like-minded people, whilst learning about the latest industry developments.
Get Yourself Out There!
Overall, no matter what industry you find yourself working in, it’s of vital importance to ‘get yourself out there’ to boost your business’ profile and enhance your credibility.
After all, no-one ever stops learning in business, and a single conversation can change everything.
So what are you waiting for? Which events or conferences will you be attending?
Nicole Hicks a graduate of UFT. She’s based in Toronto but travels much of the year. Nicole has written for NPR, Motherboard, MSN Money, and the Huffington Post. Nicole is a financial reporter, focusing on technology, national security, and policing.