How often do you think about networking when it comes to your freelance business?

I’m not talking about handing out your business card every now and then, either. I’m talking about actual networking – connecting with and building real relationships with other freelancers.

If I’m honest, I don’t network nearly enough. In fact, I hardly network at all.

Truth be told, my lack of networking could be detrimental to my freelance business.

That’s exactly what almost happened to one freelancer, until he made an effort to put himself out there and start networking.

“As creators, we want nothing more than to completely immerse ourselves in our projects. But if we do that without coming up for air, we won’t have a pipeline of new projects waiting for us when it’s time to move on.

Do that once and you can learn from it. Make a habit of it and it could spell failure for your business.

That’s why it’s so important to build networking into your weekly to-do list before you end up with a wake-up call like the one I recently had.

After my freak out, I realized it was time to stop worrying and start doing. So I joined a new job board and I sent a bunch of emails.”

Read the full post at Freelancers Union.