If you are a business owner or a career professional, you probably understand the importance of networking and its impact on your business. Usually, the easiest way to network is to go out to events and meet people.

With the emergence and rapid spread of the Coronavirus, government agencies are enforcing rules to ensure they are able to curb its spread. Some of these rules include people working remotely, restricting social gatherings, closing down schools and houses of worship, etc.

Now as a business owner or career professional, you are forced to think of how to meet potential clients or business partners without exposing yourself and others to danger.

In this article, we are going to look at some tips on how to continue to build your network without having to leave the house.

1. Join groups on LinkedIn: Utilise the many features of LinkedIn; the platform can be used for much more than checking who viewed your profile, job search and resume inquiries. There are various groups on the platform where you can connect and interact with people of similar interests. You can search for groups by profession, personal interest, location, hobbies, etc. You can also connect with people in the same field as you.

2. Connect with your Alma Mater: Now is the time to accept that request to join your secondary school groups or university groups. You can reconnect with people you went to school with. You are sure to reconnect with a few of them who share similar interests with you, are in the same field of work or even looking to do business with someone in your field of work.

3. Attend virtual (remote) conferences: Virtual conferences are interactive events that occur entirely online. You can search online for conferences occurring on topics you are interested in. Virtual conferences are highly interactive and a great way to interact with people while learning something new.

4. Use social media: Social media is one of the major ways people network remotely. It is easy to get distracted once on any of the popular social media platforms but if you are focused and responsible about it, the possibilities are endless. It’s advised to pick a platform or two that is suitable for your business, so you are not overwhelmed with trying to keep up.

5. Try email: Sending a well-written email is never a bad idea. You can send an email to a potential client giving them an offer they can’t refuse, and they are bound to reach out. You can also send an email to a potential business partner, clearly outlining how you would like to partner with them.

6. Support channel: Yes! You can network remotely over a support channel. There is always someone trying to get a solution to some problem. You can lend your help and share your email (if possible), you would be sure to get a response, especially if you were able to help.

Hopefully, these tips will be able to help you keep networking and growing your business while we hope we are able to curb the virus as soon as possible. In the meantime, keep safe and practice good hygiene.

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