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7 Networking Opportunities for Solopreneurs - Beside the Obvious

7 Networking Opportunities for Solopreneurs - Beside the Obvious

In the world of solopreneurship, independence and autonomy are undeniably empowering, but it's crucial to recognize that success rarely happens in isolation.

Networking can open doors, create opportunities, and amplify your journey as a solopreneur. But here's the catch – many solopreneurs find themselves stuck in a paradox. They acknowledge the importance of networking but are often clueless about where to start or how to unearth valuable networking opportunities.

This was me, and after some trial and error, I discovered some great places to build long-lasting relationships that I want to share with you today.

Here's what I'd recommend.

1. Register for Solopreneur Problem Solvers

You didn't think I'd start off a post about networking without a little shameless plug, did you? I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Solopreneur Problem Solvers because it is so "freaking awesome." I may be biased in saying that, so find comfort in that I've heard an attendee say that comment verbatim.

At this LifeStarr event, you have the ability to solve business problems, get inspiration, and connect with other solopreneurs. Plus, it's just an hour! You'll be amazed at the relationships you can build and solutions you can come up with during that time.

Plus, we have a bonus 30-minute post-event networking hangout to just chat with like-minded individuals! This last part is totally optional, but is always a good time.

Register here:


2. Attend 1 Million Cups Every Week

When I first heard of 1 Million Cups, I had one of those "how the heck have I never heard of this" moments. It is seriously so cool.

The main concept behind 1 Million Cups is to bring together local entrepreneurs, business owners, and community members to engage in conversations about startups and new business ventures. These gatherings typically occur once a week and provide a platform for entrepreneurs to present their ideas and businesses to an audience of peers, mentors, and advisors. The name "1 Million Cups" is derived from the idea that it takes a million cups of coffee (or tea) and conversations to help grow a successful business.

The goal is to foster collaboration, provide constructive feedback, and build a supportive entrepreneurial community within the local area.

Find a local 1 Million Cups here:


3. Choose Personal Over Professional

Want to know where I've met most of my professional connections? Not at work.

My dad is a natural sales guy and had a business that required him to bring in a bunch of clients that he could maintain and nurture over his career. His advice to me was to always get involved in local organizations, make those connections, and build those relationships naturally. If people know and like you, they'll be more inclined to work with you, partner with you, etc.

That's always stuck with me. So, if you want to network and meet other people, consider making personal connections instead of professional ones.

Meetup is a platform where people create and join groups based on shared interests. You can search for local businesses, entrepreneurship, or networking groups in your area. Many cities have dedicated meetup groups for solopreneurs. I've heard wonderful things about this platform if you're having a hard time figuring out where to start.

Additionally, find volunteer opportunities in your area and network while giving back. I've joined numerous volunteer organizations in my town and have volunteered on my own as well. Helping your community while making connections is a win-win.

Oh, and dog parks. If you have a dog, go to dog parks. That is by far the easiest place for me to strike up a conversation :).

4. Join Social Media Communities

OK, this one may seem obvious, but I wanted to shed light on it for a specific reason (in hopes others are in my shoes and can relate):

I have a love/hate relationship with social media. In my opinion, it's a necessary evil for my business, so I do everything in my power to find the good in it, and the one constant I have found that I actually enjoy is finding solid communities.

Here's the thing, to make it worth your while, you really need to get specific and find the groups you'll actually engage with. It isn't enough to just be a fly on the wall. You need to actually participate to get the benefits from this type of networking.

Yep, another shameless plug: we have a thriving community of solopreneurs waiting for you!

Join The Solopreneur Community here:


5. Go to Business Incubators and Co-Working Spaces

Work from co-working spaces to interact with other entrepreneurs and professionals sharing the same workspace.

Many co-working spaces and business incubators host networking events for their members as well. Even if you're not a member, they may allow you to attend certain events for a fee or as a guest.


6. Attend Industry-Specific Conferences

I have a confession: I've actually attended a conference where I ended up not going to any of the sessions and just networked the whole time, and in my opinion, it was still well worth the ticket price.

The nice thing about these conferences is that it's super easy to have conversations because you already know you have similar interests.

They're also great opportunities to develop partnerships and co-marketing opportunities. 


7. Be A Guest On A Podcast

I hear this all the time when it comes to marketing your business, but networking? Trust me when I say this an amazing opportunity to form stellar relationships.

Joe Rando and I host The One-Person Business Podcast, and while I love it from an education standpoint, I love it more for the relationships I've built and maintained because of it. As a podcasting newbie just over a year ago, I could not have predicted the friendships and professional connections that have been made over this little mic of mine, and I love it.

Do your research and look for podcasts within your niche and reach out to be a guest. It's a treat!


The significance of networking cannot be overstated, as it has the potential to unlock doors, create valuable opportunities, and elevate one's path as a solopreneur.

To kickstart your networking journey, consider exploring the various avenues mentioned in the list above.

Embrace the power of networking, connect with like-minded individuals, and rock this solopreneur thing!