As we get ready for our first ever Clear Books Community Exhibition (CBCE) in February 2015, I’ve been reflecting on the power of community and why networking is so important for small businesses.
You never know when your network will prove really useful. I started Clear Books six years ago with some friends who I used to work for. I hadn’t been in contact with them for years but the relationship quickly rekindled around the idea of cloud accounting software, and Clear Books was born.
Networking starts in your team. Our first employee joined in 2010 and we’ve now grown to more than 40. We’ve mostly grown organically through recommendations from existing employees. This personal connection has been crucial where recruiting mistakes can prove costly for small businesses.
Cast your ‘net’work far and wide. Through networking and attending industry events I’ve met advisors, shareholders, partners, customers and suppliers that I would never have come across had I been sitting in front of a computer screen instead.
So if you’re free on 6th February, join us at the Clear Books Community Exhibition (CBCE). I’ll be there and I’m really looking forward to personally meeting the diverse range of entrepreneurs who use Clear Books, and finding out about your company, what it does and what makes it tick.
The exhibition is supported by Microsoft who’ll be providing lots of valuable insight and advice about how small businesses can use technology to its fullest potential.
So come along — you never know who you might meet!