I’ve met some people who love networking whether it’s for business or pleasure. For many of us, we’d love for business to come our way without having to leave the house, meet people, and develop relationships but that’s not a good strategy for sustainability. If you’re running your court reporting work like a business, networking and relationships matter.
Opportunities. You never know how meeting someone will impact your life or business. While you may not need the product or service of the person you’ve met at a networking event, you may know someone you could refer to them; the opposite is also true. While they may not need court reporting services, they may refer you to an attorney who could use your help.
Reputation. The more people you know, the more people who have the opportunity to work you and experience the skills you offer. As you work with attorneys, you’re building a reputation that’s good, bad, or indifferent. The choice is yours. Deliver top notch service and you will experience positive results in your business.
Career Growth. The best court reporters get the cases that can yield increased income. Experience and reputation figure strongly into the equation of who is selected to work on the most high profile of cases. When you know more people, it’s likely the opportunities increase and your career expands.
Friendship. Some of my closest friends are people that I’ve met while networking. The benefit of these friendships, aside from the fun and laughs, is knowing there is someone with whom I can share business experiences. When you work from home, it’s important to feel connected.
Connection. Working at home can make you feel isolated so having networking contacts, whether online or in-person, can help you reach the world outside your home office. Not only that but it could lead to being invited to events or referred for business.
Whether you’re looking to feel less isolated when your work from home or are building your court reporter business, relationships matter in business.
You can help others and they can help you in ways you may not even have imagined like building lifelong friendships. Reach out to others and expand your network. You never know what opportunities may come your way.