7 Ways to Build Your Entrepreneur Support Network

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DON'T TRY TO MAKE WITHDRAWALS WHEN YOU HAVEN'T MADE DEPOSITS. It’s really unfair to email people asking them to mentor you when you have nothing to offer them.  I know it sounds harsh, but it’s true! I get hundreds of requests for mentoring each year, and the ones I normally respond to (outside of the tip sheet I give to everyone) are the people who say, “can I take you to coffee?” The reason is, that small gesture shows that the person believes in a mutually beneficial relationship. I have a good friend who built his entire business off of taking people for lunch — even when he barely had the money to do so. And he was able to convince some pretty important people to have lunch with him and eventually fund his business. If you ask him his secret to success, he’ll tell you it was simply asking people to lunch.

DON’T TRY TO MAKE WITHDRAWALS WHEN YOU HAVEN’T MADE DEPOSITS. It’s really unfair to email…

  • Ceren

    , I had pmrolebs with the idea of cloudworker on several levels. First, I think the organization man died during the 1980 s, at least in the U.S. Leveraged buyouts and mass layoffs killed him. Almost all of my working life (29 years and counting), the emphasis has always been on learning skills on the present job that prepare you for the inevitable next one. In that sense, most of the traits identified by Rao are, I think, ones that have been around for many years.