crossing the finish lineLet’s face it, the last thing you want to do now that you’ve decided to finally leave the 9 to 5 job is to add more stress to your life. Isn’t that why you decided to build your own business in the first place? You’re looking for freedom from your awful boss, nasty coworkers, and the limitations of a fixed salary.

Do you have these people in your circle, your tribe, your squad, or on your team?

Three women networkingAs entrepreneurs, we NEED to surround ourselves CAREFULLY with those who uplift us... not tear us down. (Our self-doubt can do that without any help from others) :)

Be the person who puts others at ease.

You’ll quickly move from first impressions to deep connections by being memorable for all the right reasons. Whether you're attending a local networking breakfast or meeting new leaders around the boardroom table, you'll want to consider this conversation style to practice and master. Be interested, instead of interesting.

paintI've always held creative people in high regard.  I'm in awe of their ability to create something fabulous from even the smallest spark of an idea. I attract creative types, always have. I love to ask them a million questions about "how they do it." They comply. I often wonder if it is because they know I respect their abilities or whether the universe is nudging me to join them. Either way I welcome their brilliance and within my SheConnex community, I like to refer to them as my SoulPreneurs. 

professional businesswoman1. Stay at Home

Don’t meet new people, and relying totally on your current contacts. Continue to think the business leaders in your area know it all. Wait for your industry to tell you what’s on trend. Expect people to find you. Surround yourself with the same people you always have, even when you know intuitively that those relationships are not serving you anymore. Remind yourself that it’s hard to meet new friends and contacts who will inspire you.