Fresh-faced and full of ambition, I moved to Seattle without a job or a personal connection in sight. I volunteered for another coworking space in the city because I heard that it was the way to build your network. It was very clear that it was incredibly true. I soon knew so many people in the city that when a friend moved here the following year, they were impressed when I seemed to know “everyone in Seattle”.
When you are in a coworking community, Seattle becomes very small for entrepreneurial types. We run the same circles. We attend similar workshops, presentations and conferences. We frequent local businesses rather than big box stores. We join all of the same online communities.
For instance, I found events to attend in my coworking space, as well as in the local newsletters—the Evergrey, The Stranger, and Seattle Creative Mornings to name a few. I volunteered for events where I wanted to connect with the organizers. I also joined every Facebook group that touted “support” for business owners, female empowerment, and genuine connections. There’s clearly a pattern here: 1) find a space that fits your level of motivation, 2) join groups that your mentors and peers are a part of, giving you instant quality assurance, and 3) participate.
In the coworking channel, you not only make a lot of connections, but you see them again and again, solidifying relationships and support for one another. Partnerships form, and businesses begin. If you think coworking isn’t for you, you might not have put in enough work on the upfront. Sometimes connections just happen to you without effort when you are just standing in the coworking kitchen one day. However, sometimes you need to go out of your way to find your community.
What ways have YOU found your networks in Seattle and beyond? Comment below!