As the owner of a new writing, proofreading and editing business, I’ve attended a selection of free local events in the past few weeks. These have included *deep breath*
- Be your own boss workshop
- The power of lead generation seminar
- Grow your followers
- Business mentoring from the experts
- Business plan workshop
- Drop-in business clinic
- Pitching and presenting workshop
- Digital seminar
- Finance, budgeting and cash flow workshop
- Networking workshop
I booked each event because of its content and went along with an open mind and the intention to learn as much as possible. But, luckily for me, I left with much more than I thought I would.
Based on my recent experiences, I think business events are beneficial and definitely worth attending. Because, as well as the topics they focused on, I also learnt about:
The power of positive comparisons
I’ve realised that anyone can start and build a business – including me!
The people delivering the events I’ve been to have been knowledgeable, often inspirational and relatable. They’ve had varied careers and experiences before choosing to set up their own business(es).
But the thing they’ve all had in common is self-belief, self-motivation and a determination to succeed. It’s these qualities I recognise in myself and it gives me hope and confidence for the success of my own business.
As someone who often struggles in social situations, low-key networking suits me perfectly, because the onus isn’t on being social for the sake of it.
I’ve found that chatting to, and working with, fellow business owners and the trainers at these events is helping to improve my confidence in interacting socially. These events also provide opportunities for informal feedback and reflection.
Two of them also resulted in me securing my first two clients, which was completely unexpected!
Being surrounded by peers at these events reassures and reminds me that although I’m a solopreneur, there’s an array of help, advice and support available from a variety of sources.
And not just at the events themselves but outside of them, there are work, learning and collaboration opportunities.
Sense of community
It’s possible for strangers to become friendly faces because you:
- see them at more than one event
- connect on social media
- become freelance colleagues
This community can also form a solid and supportive lead generating networking database full of brilliant professionals to potentially help grow your business (and theirs).
And last but not least – the freebies! In my experience, events usually provide free:
- professional (and personal) development – if you attend with a positive mindset
- food – refreshments and sometimes breakfast and/or lunch depending on the time/duration of the event
- resources – so far I’ve been given workbooks, worksheets, case study examples, e-courses, pens, post-it notes, a tote bag and useful signposting to more help and advice from leaflets and business cards
If you’re a new business owner, or considering setting up a new venture, I’d definitely recommend attending free events.
I find out about relevant local events on Eventbrite and through email subscriptions to all my local business support organisations.
Let me know how you get on @penningplanning