Freelancer Friday Newsletter #9
…Networking as a Freelancer
As a freelancer, we often ask what role does networking play for our work and what is the importance of networking for any company. Before we discuss how as a freelancer you can build your network, you need to understand what exactly is networking for a freelancer.
Networking is the act of interacting with others so as to exchange information and build professional or social contact.
Networking and its importance to freelancers
Networking plays a key role for any freelancer as it helps them build a network with other contacts which in the long run gives them a huge advantage as a professional.
Why do you need Networking as a FREELANCER
Reason #1 - To build a credible presence
Be it as a person who has been in business for years, or a person who is just starting out professionally, credibility goes a long way to build his/her presence in the industry and further expand it. These contacts, in turn, tell others about you and your work and further strengthen your presence in the industry.
Reason #2 - To attract new clients
Networking also helps build awareness for your company or work and thus, in turn, attract new clients for our business.
It is the biggest goal for any business to find new clients or brand in order to sustain and further expand their work and in turn grow in the industry. One also understands that not all of your professional connections will need your services right away, but would require your service some day. Thus it becomes not only to build contacts but also maintain them, so you are the first person they think of when they need the service that you offer or refer your name if someone else asks them for the same service.
Reason #3 - To grow your skill set and knowledge base
One thing we cant forget to mention is that networking also helps you build your skill set and knowledge. With more business, you grow your talents and further develop your knowledge base.
Networking also brings more demands which help to strengthen your current skills and also practice things that you otherwise hardly use. A well-developed professional network thus helps build a good network and keep you updated with the latest requirement.
Reason #4 - Helps you stay on the ball
it not only helps you build your skill set but also helps you stay on the ball as you stay up to date with current requirements and demands, Networking, also lets you know what is demand and which skill is getting outdated, so you can update your skills accordingly while still having your bases clear.
Good networking also lets you know what’s trending and what is happening in other fields which in turn can have an impact on your services.
In Conclusion, as a freelancer, you need to remember that not everyone would need your work at the same time, thus it’s important to keep in touch with them from time to time and let them know that you are available when they need your services. Thus, keep these points in mind and understand the importance of networking.
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