Networking locally is an important part of growing any legal nurse consulting business. You need to network if you want to grow your business to help attorneys in your local area. Networking in your local area can be especially important, as it gives you opportunities to connect with attorneys in your community. It can also be fun, and puts you in touch with people who have an understanding of what it’s like to do business in the community that you are also doing business in.
Get started with these tips for how you can network locally in your community.
Get Out There
Just do it. This is probably the number one thing. Go out into your community and meet people and the other businesses who are out there, whether similar to yours or not. You can check if your town or city has a Chamber of Commerce to help you get together with some of the local businesses. The Chamber of Commerce has many activities that honor new businesses and connect local businesses.
Go to fundraisers to meet people. Make the connections to local people to get to know them. Remember, this isn’t the place to be selling your business, but you can meet other people this way. Even just going out to the golf course or taking a crafting class is a great way to network and meet people with similar interests to you. And for you to find out if they know attorneys.
It doesn’t have to be a business relationship when you network with people. Anyone who is going to spread the word about your legal nurse consulting business is part of your network. That includes neighbors, friends, professional people and more.
Take a Second Look
When you meet people at a special event or a fundraiser, you want to get a second look at them and see if they really are on the same page as you. You shouldn’t set up a cup of coffee meeting with everyone you meet, of course. But for those who you feel you want a deeper connection with, go ahead and set up a plan to meet up at the coffee shop in a few days or so, to get to know them better.
Help Others in Your Network When You are Networking Locally
Remember to help those out who you are in a networking relationship with. Don’t be greedy and always asking for help with your business. Offer to introduce the person to whomever you can so your network doesn’t feel like you’re using them. Reciprocity is a powerful tool – you help me and I help you.
Use Your Existing Network
Check out your current contacts. You might already have people you can network with locally who will help you grow your legal nurse consulting business. They might also have a network that could be beneficial to you to help grow your business.
Maintain Those Relationships
Don’t lose track of your network. Use a reliable database for keeping track of the details. You’ll avoid that awful feeling when you misplace a person’s business card. Strive for 5-10 strategic relationships that you are always checking in on and nurturing. Make sure you interact regularly and that it’s as valuable for them as it is for you, so in the end they are coming back for more contacts and leads for you.
Remember to always re-evaluate your network and your needs, and perhaps even the needs of the people you have in your network. However, if you find that someone is being too needy, it might be worthwhile for you to cut that person loose. Don’t burn bridges in the process, but do be mindful of what you are in need of from people, and what you’re capable of giving to them.
Networking locally can yield many rewards, some of which you could never have anticipated.