It’s rare to hear of couples getting married and only spending a few thousand on their wedding, after meeting with vendor after vendor it begins to seem more and more expensive no matter what corners you cut. I am proud to say I accomplished the impossible with a minimal wedding budget and I had the time of my life.
How in the world did I have a beautiful cake, photos and delicious food without breaking the bank? I used my resources and connections. If you think of all the people you have met, gone to school with or befriended, someone knows someone. I utilized my friends, family and co-workers to help me find what worked within my budget in return for allowing them to use my wedding as an advertisement for their services.
This mindset also applies to the workforce. Networking events and opportunities require more effort outside your employee handbook requirements, but it will save you in the long run. Every connection you meet is a possible boss, client, colleague or friend.
Conduct your own research. Just like finding the perfect wedding vendor, not every event, the opportunity or job is the right one for you. Build relationships within your means.
Using networking opportunities to promote yourself or your business saves you from breaking the bank and allows you to create long-lasting relationships with those in the community that can lead to a possible partnership.
Maintain the connections you make. Whether it’s weekly or monthly coffee shop meetings or a simple check-in, keeping those relationships will reward you in the long run.
Special Tip: For those you want to always see their social content, make the effort to like and comment on posts regularly. This helps inform the algorithm that this person’s updates are important and you want to see them
The big takeaway is you are your own brand, so promote yourself as a brand that the people you encounter want to partner with and maintain a relationship with.