Staying Social: Networking Tips for Seniors

Guest post by Andrea Needham from Eldersday 

Networking holds a wealth of value for seniors. Whether you’re trying to start a business, launch a non-profit, find volunteer opportunities, or just make some new friends, getting out there and being social will help you achieve your goals. For seniors, in particular, socializing is key to maintaining mental health and avoiding the effects of isolation. In this article, we explore what it means to network as a senior. 

Why Networking Is Important

If you want to launch a small business after retirement, The Cannon notes that networking can help you make meaningful connections with people who can offer assistance. Networking will help you legitimize your brand, access free advice from professionals, and uncover new opportunities to grow your business. 

You might even find some people who can offer guidance as you tackle your business startup steps. For example, other business owners can help you pick the right business structure for your startup and offer guidance on how to set up a new company. Forming an LLC is a popular choice, but it’s not your only option. Try to network with seasoned entrepreneurs so you can get some expert advice! If you’re trying to figure out how to get an LLC registered, a formation service can also help. 

Networking Events

Be sure to attend local events so you can uncover new opportunities to network. You don’t have to wait for industry-specific conferences to start networking! You can network at art exhibits, bingo nights, and farmer’s markets. You can also find special business networking events by searching online. Join your local chamber of commerce to stay in the loop about business networking events in your community.

Online Networking Opportunities

You can also find many valuable networking opportunities online. Social media, for example, is a fantastic channel for connecting with potential clients, customers, team members, employers, or whomever else you’re trying to meet. Many entrepreneurs and working professionals use LinkedIn to connect with other business-minded individuals.

How to Maintain Your Relationships

Networking is not a one-and-done deal. You will need to connect with the members of your network regularly in order to maintain your relationships. Regular contact will ensure you can reach out to someone for advice or assistance without taking them off-guard by your request. To keep track of the people in your network, NeoReach suggests using a contact management app like Covve or CircleBack.

Maintaining relationships is best done in person. But that doesn’t mean you have to be confined to the office. Consult a Walk Score map, and try a walking meeting. The Walk Score is an easy way to see what the best walking locations are, and a walk-and-talk is a great way to build rapport. Business doesn’t have to be done sitting down.

Are you looking for fulfilling ways to spend your retirement? Whether you want to land a part-time job or start your own business, networking is one of the most valuable things you can do to build the retirement lifestyle of your dreams!

These are great networking tips for seniors! Looking for other great tips and resources for your elder years? Check out more great resources on our resource page. Ready to talk to an expert? Book a call today

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