Women entrepreneurs share a list of people crucial to a good network.
Entrepreneurship is not just about an idea, a vision, and the commitment to see through the idea, but also about having an appetite for challenges on a day-to-day basis. It is about the ability to connect with people and build a huge network that can be leveraged for support, advice, mentorship, marketing, and a whole lot of other things.
Almost 80 percent of working professionals consider networking crucial for success, according to a new LinkedIn global survey result. When it comes to entrepreneurs, one has to walk that extra mile to build a network that is crucial for success.
“A well-rounded network is key for a woman entrepreneur to have in her support system,” says Shikha Uberoi, Co-founder of Indi.com and former tennis player who won India a silver medal at the 2006 Asian Games. She adds it helps in generating reach, engagement and revenue for brands.
We spoke to a few women entrepreneurs to find out how to build a well-rounded network, and who to include in this network for this helps women have an understanding of what events to attend, and who to interact with to build a strong network for themselves.
Wise women with age are invigorating because they constantly remind you to keep perspective. The wrinkles on their faces alone speak volumes, and should be understood with respect. Also, being around older women reminds you to fight the good fight because we women are standing on their shoulders. Reminding yourself that you haven't paved the road alone is very humbling,
is Shikha’s advice. It is good to have a tribe of women that you can not only learn from, but also bank on to give you well-timed advice. Whether it is on Facebook, or WhatsApp, or any other social media channel, it is essential for women to be part of women networks and groups.
These groups are as much about taking as giving, so remember it is a two-way street and you are expected to give as much as you take.
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