A network can also be used for exchanging ideas, sparring and support.
As a new business owner, it is important that you have a good network, or that you develop one. A good network can be made up of:
You can build up a professional network in several ways. For example, become a member of a so-called ´erfa´ group (erfa stands for experience) or start your own network with business owners in your area.
Don´t be worried about joining networks with competitors. Even though you are perhaps competing for some of the same customers, it is also possible to learn a lot from each other.
You should stay informed of relevant courses, seminars, trade shows etc. within your particular business area. This kind of professional event is an ideal opportunity to expand and nurture your network.
You should learn to think in terms of networking, both at work and in your leisure time. Neighbours and team mates at the local sports club, fellow travellers and party guests are all potential customers and supporters in your network. Therefore it is also important that you are always open to new acquaintances. This way, your professional network will gradually get bigger and bigger.
A good way to make contact with Danes and other entrepreneurs is to move your office to one of the many office hotels you will find in most towns. Look for "kontorfællesskab" which is the Danish word for office hotels.
You can rent a table in a office with others or you can rent a whole office which for your self.
When starting your own business, the focus of your life will, inevitably, largely be your business. During periods with a lot of work and uncertainty, you will need the understanding and support of your family and friends.
On the other hand, you must appreciate that your friends and family are
perhaps not as interested in your business as you are. It is also important to
be able to talk about other things.
You always want to surround yourself with people who are rooting for you and who want you to succeed. Stay away from the naysayers who couldnâ€™t do it themselves. – Arjun Rai