PTHS: Time to Network

Tuesday’s Part-time Hustlin’ Struggles — finding time to network.  When you already work 40 hours a week, it can be hard to find time to work on your side hustle or business.  The best hours to spend making those important moves are given to someone else in a time block that is traditionally hard to break.  I guess that’s another reason why side hustlin’ is so appealing.  The practice of working on your own schedule frees you up to take care of the mundane but necessary life tasks; going to the bank, going the grocery store, picking up your dry cleaning and so forth.

But what about networking?  That too is a very big element  I’ve learned over the years.  And we have to make time to network.   And no, not just networking events, although they are becoming more convenient as they’re being held after hours on week days, is not enough.  Networking is relationship building and you’re not going to accomplish that in a few hours no matter how in sync you might feel with that angel investor.

You gotta make time to meet other like-minded people.

I met a woman, by the name of Keyna this past Saturday at a Starbucks near USC (USC Village).  And although we had talked on the over, exchanged emails back and forth, this was our very first in person meeting.  And it was nice.  The meeting was nice, getting to learn about one another was nice and finding a kindred spirit was nice.  Who is the Kenya gal I keep using the word ‘nice’ about?   She’s a broker and financial consultant and we initially began speaking through an email she sent regarding an event she was scheduled to put on but had canceled for whatever reason.  I had notice that her email signature stated she was a broker so I took the chance and asked her if her organization was in need of a Loan Signing Agent. She said no, but was able to put me through to someone who she knew frequently used notaries and the loan signing agents.  All three of us had a conference call one afternoon on my lunch break.  I later touched base with the gentleman again and he assured me they recorded my information in their system to use me for any doc signing opportunities in my area.  After that call, Kenya and I set up a time to meet face to face.

All of which may have taken place about 30 days ago or so.  Not within no 2-3 hours time span at some lavish event.

And although I do enjoy the process, finding time to connect like that isn’t easy.  I have to make myself available hoping it fits whenever the other party is available.  And if not, I hope that whenever we do connect it’s not overly long as I’m probably only on a 10 minute break.  In which, I don’t want to rush someone off because then I come off as aloof and uninterested.  Emails turn into to calls, which are either, again, on my lunch break or after I get off of work.  Calls turn into meetings, which are, again, after work or on the weekends.  Which means any errands I had planned for the weekend gets shifted to an earlier or later time to accommodate this meet and greet.  And this is a cycle I go through with per person.

It’s a time consuming process for someone who always feels like they’re pressed for time.  But it’s just one of many elements I feel like I’m always pressed for time trying to take this hustle to the next level.  But nonetheless, very important.