Even with today’s social media tools all switched on, freelancers still need to meet and speak to people in person. At least once a month, half a day of meetings works best for me. Listening how others are doing, pick up new ideas, connect with other people or get introduced.
It happened to me yesterday and it felt great, as always. After a quick update on my status, I shared a new business idea with my first business friend and got some constructive feedback. He offered me a publishing project to run. Another network partner shared a great new social media concept. Confidential, so it wil stay that way, no need for an NDA. An on-the-spot brainstorm lead to the invitation to take on the business development in my international network.
I then met a business friend whom I could ask for an offer to develop an publishing app for another partner. To finish off with a former colleague for a drink, gossip a little about our latest project, and return encouraged with ideas to brood on. At home, I started connecting to new LinkedIn company sites, following new Tweeps and responding to the business proposals. Making choices soon. Stay tuned.