Tell EVERYONE About Your New Venture. You never know who might know your next client. If you have good previous relationships with employers this can be a great resource. Ask for recommendations. Assist in developing relationships not only for your own business, but link other businesses whenever possible.
Ask for Work. Make face to face connections by visiting local businesses by popping in and introducing yourself. Although this is scary for most people you eventually breakdown and enhance your why every time you talk with someone. Make sure to promptly follow up with any potentials.
Create A Website. There are plenty of companies that offer low to no cost platforms that allow for easy self-maintenance.
Demonstrate Your Expertise. Publish articles to a blog with content curation. Allow others to look to you as an educator. Maintain updated business social media networks with industry focused material.
Develop Your Social Media Networks. “Follow” and “Like” other businesses who post things I find interesting or useful. “Like”, share and comment on their posts. Invited all connections to “like” your Facebook business page, “follow” you on Twitter and “connect” on LinkedIn. Other social networks may apply based on your industry. Engage in regular social media groups.
Joined a Business Networking Group. Do research on your local networks tap into what is best for your industry. It is best to find a friendly, supportive, and well-established group that suits your business needs. It’s important to become actively involved in the group or groups you choose and make a contribution. Don’t go with the mind-set 'What can I get out of this?' Ask yourself instead 'What can I offer?'
Connect with Others with Your Industry Title. Create a network of colleagues, and identify those that are reliable and have the same professional standards, from there develop business relationships where you can help each other with being progressive industry leaders.
Offer free, no obligation assessments. During these sessions review pain points of your clients business. Come back with solutions to support that business. Focus on letting your potential client talk in this meeting. Come back with practical ideas, strategies and suggestions for things that would make an immediate difference