Nontraditional avenues can help you make new connections, pursue lifelong learning and benefit from peer-mentoring experiences.
Here's a hint: You can't do it all on your own. And while it may seem counter-intuitive, taking time away from work can help you grow your business, long-term.
You could get passed over on LinkedIn if your headshot stinks. Put your best face forward on the popular professional networking hub by not making these common and comical profile faux pas.
The way you stand can actually make up a person's mind as to whether or not they want to meet and talk to you.
It's about doing your homework, asserting leadership and connecting in a way that will leave an impression long after you've left.
Making a name, and an image, for yourself isn't all that hard. Focus on a few key areas to create a personal brand that stands out -- in a good way -- from all the others.
Ivan Misner, founder of Business Network International, explains his concept of doing six things a thousand times.
It may not be brain surgery, but done right, sales is a practice like medicine or any other profession. Learn it. Practice it.
While a returnship does not guarantee a job, it does provide marketable skills, experts said. They also offer mentorship, experience and a chance to learn about new industry trends and operations.
Be careful not to accidentally alienate a good opportunity just because you want to have a couple of drinks in a business setting.
Just remember that most person feel awkward striking up a conversation with a stranger and will appreciate that you took the initiative.
Showing value to an entrepreneur will show the entrepreneur how serious you are.
Daily habits won't help you succeed at anything, except maybe becoming a robot.
Sincere involvement with people is how you build your business without ever feeling isolated.