What's the best way to gain new contacts in an industry that interests you?
Looking to move out of the Startup business, but not sure how to go about it. Would like to learn more about potential new industries I could be interested in, but I don't know where start.
1. Give yourself sometimes to observe and think, without forcing it, what industry you might be excited about
2. Ask your closest friends to imagine you happy and doing well in a particular industry, what is it?
3. Try resources like this: http://www.mtmc.co (I have a bunch more if this sounds good).
4. Once you have a better idea of what you want, network away with people you can help in some way, you never know who knows someone relevant.
Does your business idea fulfill a need for the masses? I would check with your local chamber, and SBA. Google the business to see who your competition will be. If you feel you can be successful then you should go for it. Good thing dont happen to those that wait in business. Best of success.
Look in Linkedin groups, find related associations, contact business owners in that field & ask to interview them.
Attend a relevant industry networking evening and talk with people already in that industry.
Build your profile trustworthy. You have many sources available online to link with many entrepreneurs and business legends through linkedin, mosaic hub, etc.. Also you can join in groups, communities, thread and run ads.
Wow, thanks to everyone for their input. I didn't expect such a response! They're all great suggestions and I guess I have some work to do!
Hi James, as stated below, one of the best ways to get informed on any industry is to go to each of the social networks mainly Facebook and Linkedin and search through the different groups that are there. Find something that interests you and just check them out. Once you are comfortable in your choice start communicating. Ask questions and or add your input. It's really simple and you will gain a wealth of information and new connections. :) Cheers and good luck
There are a number of large business forums covering just about every industry going, you also get the benefit of knowing up front the likely obstacles you're likely to need to overcome. Just read.
Hi James, in order to get some sort of direction I would definitely follow Sinisa's advise. Make a list of things that really interest you. If you are completely stuck and want to find out about your dream job, dream life, anything basically that would make you happy my advise would be to go find a good life coach.
One thing you could do is to go to networking events. Most of them are free or you pay a small fee but there is plenty of opportunities in Berlin to network with local businesses. If you want to find a complete new direction, this is where I would start. Physically talking to other business owners and managers/ directors could help you establish a new career path.
I would also urge you to talk to professional recruiters or a career coach (once you have sorted out what you really want with the life coach).
You may need to invest some money in it but this is for your own development.
Research is everything and talking to likeminded people.
I hope this is helpful. Good luck :-)
Hi, if you know which industries, go to linkedIn and open you an account.
Start to put your interest and complete your profile.
Begin to connect to people and follow industries you like.