Updated: Feb 15
Entrepreneur enjoy interacting with other like minds, so the idea of flexible space has natural appeal. They’re people who thrive on connecting and networking with others. Entrepreneurs are visionaries, their conversations are exciting and energizing, so finding new ways to interact with other small businesses can result in mutually beneficial joint ventures. Sharing new ideas or perspectives can result in lifelong mentor relationships and mutual partnerships. Here are 5 ways to connect, interact, and network with other entrepreneurs:
1. FLEXIBLE SPACE: PARTNERING POTENTIAL
A startup is unlikely to initially spend vital working capital on an expensive office. He or she will say, “I just need an office.” As the process of office space unfolds, the entrepreneur realizes the office location and other variables matter. In some instances, the “solopreneur” may just say no to closed doors. He or she may want a flexible space at all times. He or she may be looking for a private office with an open space to promote communication.
The early-stage entrepreneur may sense he or she is losing energy and resolve without interaction with others. If the business isn’t ready for employees or co-workers, entrepreneurs can get sense of participation with others by sharing a co-working space.
2. TIME IS MONEY
The good news is that many flexible space solutions are incredibly cost-effective. They often come with benefits that minimize expenses, as is the case for Workstyle customers. The most important intangible benefit is that entrepreneurs have the ability to bounce ideas off others, which is likely to increase productivity without costing anything!
3. USE SOCIAL MEDIA
Social networking is one of the easiest ways to establish relationships with other entrepreneurs. Follow fellow business owners social media accounts and interact with them. It’s essential to contribute on social networks, don’t expect connections without regularly sharing meaningful news or thoughtful content. Likewise, don’t use social media as a website proxy. Build a business website, blog, and create links to other thought leaders.
4. JOIN AN ORGANIZATION FOR ENTREPENEURS
Entrepreneurs want to befriend other like-minded individuals. Most don’t consider interaction with others as a competitive tool. They enjoy giving and receiving advice and derive pleasure from encouraging others. Consider “entrepreneurs only” groups, including FounderSociety, YEC, and Business Collective.
5. HOST A MEETUP
Startups renting a small office usually do so for social reasons. Clients, prospects, or investors want to visit in person but inviting these important contacts to a restaurant or Starbucks, doesn’t cut it. So for an entrepreneur, hosting a meetup with existing contacts or co-working entrepreneurs in a professional but innovative, modern open office environment, is a great opportunity to identify potential new projects.