When it comes to being an entrepreneur, it’s not always about what you know, it’s also about who you know. It doesn’t matter how new or experienced you are as an entrepreneur, or how big or small your business is. Attending relevant events and conferences allow you to take your business to the next level, no matter what that means for your business specifically. You can find conferences and events local to you that are incredibly budget-friendly, or free, that can give you the tools to make your business thrive. Our Digital Advantage team has outlined why attending business conferences can help you scale your empire.
Why should you invest in yourself as an entrepreneur?
When you choose to invest the time and money to attend a business conference you will walk away with fresh ideas, valuable contacts, new tools, and a fresh perspective that will ultimately help your business grow and succeed.
Networking is a powerful tool that can lead to new contacts, new customers, and new business opportunities. Networking events are a great way to learn from other knowledgeable entrepreneurs and are an excellent way to gain authority in your industry. For many of us, approaching strangers can be intimidating but don’t worry, eWomenNetwork can help you prepare your perfect pitch. Being properly prepared for networking yourself at any given time, especially during events, can make or break your path to new opportunities.
Fresh Thinking and Inspiration
Most of us are not innovative 24/7 and need an outside source to spark that creative fire within us. Being around the same people, places, and things every day it’s easy for your creativity to hit a block. Oftentimes, conferences give people the time and opportunity to focus “on” their business, for a day or two, instead of being “in” their business. A fresh perspective from other entrepreneurs can provide inspiration for people who may be in a creative rut. Take note of everything around you when attending events, you never know when inspiration may strike. After business conferences, don’t be surprised if you return to work with a refreshed, motivated, and clear mind with new ideas.
Learn from the Experts
We’ve all heard the cliche, “learn something new every day,” and that could not be more true. No matter who you are, or how experienced you are, there is always room to expand your knowledge. Being able to learn from someone who can help your business grow and flourish is one of the most wonderful things about going to conferences. They can also help you stay up to date with current and future developments in your industry to be one step ahead of trends.
Learn More About Your Industry
Being an entrepreneur, oftentimes they are too busy growing their business that they don’t notice what’s happening in their industry, so changes can come as a surprise. It’s critical for business owners to be prepared for any internal or external changes that may come their way. Attending events that are relevant to your industry can help you stay prepared for any obstacle that may come your way.
To Build Recognition
One of the most difficult obstacles for start-ups is building recognition. Going to business conferences and networking events can give you the opportunity to meet potential customers, therefore building up your brand recognition. A lot of events allow vendors to set up towards the entrance so they can pitch to people and build recognition around their product.
Opportunities to Generate Customers
Going to business conferences is a great way to meet your future customers. Networking events are a great way to generate customers, by setting up in front of big crowds and engaging them in discussions about your business. Being at a conference gives you the opportunity to introduce yourself to a wide range of people, some being ideal customers and others may give you ideas for the future of your business.
There's Nothing To Lose
A conference has so much information to give you with little to no risk at all, depending on price and your budget. No matter what industry you’re in, you will make valuable connections and learn something new, when you attend a business conference. There are so many benefits to go to events, so why would you not go? You got nothing to lose, and everything to gain!
When you are at a business conference, remember to engage with everyone you can, no matter what industry they may be in. Once the event is over, keep in touch with the new connections you made while there. While it’s fresh in your mind, you can start to lay a good foundation with the people you met by connecting on LinkedIn or by email.
Interested in attending a business conference now that you’ve learned about all the benefits? eWomenNetwork has our annual ICON conference coming up August 25-28. Get your tickets while you still can!