“Sustainability is not a goal to be reached but a way of thinking, a way of being, a principle we must be guided by” – Giulio Bonazzi
We all start a business because we have found something that we are passionate about, something we are good at and there is a demand for it, but is that always enough?
The truth is working for yourself and by yourself can be isolating, and there can be times where you feel like a hamster stuck on the wheel day in and day out. According to data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics: about 20% fail in their first year, and about 50% of small businesses fail in their fifth year. This is often due to a lack of support and professional development and it is not sustainable for the livelihood of small business owners and their families.
The power of surrounding yourself with like-minded people and other business owners is insurmountable. Networking offers you the opportunity to not only connect with other business owners to share support and a sense of community but furthermore encourages peer mentoring and opening the lines of communication between businesses to share ideas and create collaborations. There is always more strength and sustainability in growing and scaling together.
Attending networking events offer you the ability develop your professional skills, to connect and share ideas with other business owners and to build a support network of like-minded people who understand the struggles and support the growth of your business. Savvi Women offers business owners the opportunity to connect with likeminded women and share ideas to grow together and build a sustainable future for our small businesses.
Words by Jess Inder
Photo: Instagram @thesecretlifeof.cherylblack