There are many different ways to develop a career and/or business but one way which is frequently overlooked is networking.
We all know the power of social connectedness: the breadth and quality of our work relationships has a positive impact on health, both physically and psychologically, has impact on
our personal outcomes and achievements, and on businesses's performance.
When networking with purpose and connecting to people/businesses that you can learn from and you can add value to and them to you, joining industry groups, attending conferences and participating in forums, you can both find people to connect with and that can connect you to others in the industry and dramatically develop your business.
One important thing to remember about networking though: you don't just network when you are desperate for business, you plant the seeds in good times and keep in touch. It is all about developing relationships in the long(er) term