If you are ready to become part of a network for the self-employed or would like to start expanding your network yourself, there are several ways to approach it.
1. Network groups:
Joining networking groups is probably the fastest way to gain access to a relevant network.
Here you meet other self-employed people, where in most network groups you can be matched with self-employed people within the same industry.
However, it usually costs a small monthly fee, such as with IVN, where you can access a large network for DKK 179 per month.
In addition to IVN, you can also find other relevant network groups such as Startup Central. At earlystage.dk you can find a longer list of entrepreneurial network groups.
2. Facebook or LinkedIn groups
Social media provides endless resources, and the world is becoming very small.
By a search on Facebook or LinkedIn you can find countless groups for entrepreneurs or independent freelancers, which are most often used for sparring, sales, advice and help. You can post a notice and quickly get a response to your problem or inquiry.
Here, the advice will usually be more broad and impersonal than in specific network groups, where you will be matched with other relevant self-employed people.
However, by regularly being active in groups on social media, you can quickly build a good and relevant network.
3. Expand your own network by 'networking'
Building your own network, which can be constantly expanded, can create great value for you and your company. It therefore pays to take the bull by the horns and get started yourself.
Building your own network can take time, but will also provide great value.
You can start building your network in several ways, including by participating in networking events or engaging with relevant people on LinkedIn.
The vast majority of self-employed people or entrepreneurs are also happy to expand their network and would like to be in contact with other relevant people within the industry.
4. Network events
In addition to joining a network group, you can also start with a single event.
At a networking event, self-employed people meet mainly to network, but there will also usually be some form of knowledge sharing, e.g. a relevant presentation or lecture.
That way, there will also be a topic to talk about, which can make it a little easier to connect with other freelancers.
You can find various networking events in your area with a simple Google search. At Djøf you will find e.g. various free events, where you can choose a relevant topic for you, and at the same time meet other self-employed people and entrepreneurs.
5. Use social media to network
In addition to using Facebook and LinkedIn groups to network, it can be a good idea to make it a habit to connect with relevant people within your industry on social media.
It can, for example, be on LinkedIn or Instagram, where you can actively search for keywords within your industry to add them to your network.
This can be a particularly good approach if you still find it difficult to 'network' in real life.
LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook?
LinkedIn in particular is a good and obvious place to build a professional network, but you should choose the platform according to your industry.
Are you e.g. freelance photographer, social media manager or influencer, Instagram is also a natural place to start.
In addition to adding relevant people, you can also consider sending a message that briefly describes what you do and that you would like to network with other relevant people within the same industry.
You can e.g. read our interview with Morten Lyth, which exclusively finds its customers and builds a network by being 'social on social media'.