A strong community is a place of opportunity. Big or small, a community can provide many opportunities for growth and experience. Whether you're looking for your first job or starting your own business, a strong community can give you the support you need to succeed.
(Nudge: We've got one that might be just that: A community made especially for the upcoming entrepreneur, dedicated to making Be'er Sheva and the Negev a home for technology-based ventures and ideas.)
So here are 4 really great benefits of being part of a community:
1. You can gain knowledge and learn from mistakes
One of, if not the biggest reason you’d want to join a community is the chance to learn from one another.
Joining a community of people like you means that you have a better chance of meeting someone who can teach you something you don’t know, but need to know. Also, having a strong group of people who are willing to share experiences gives you the benefit of avoiding mistakes that could potentially hold you back in your startup or career. Learning from our mistakes is great, but how about finding someone who has had a similar experience share his mistakes and save your situation? I KNOW.
No matter how smart or creative you might think you are, anyone could use a helping hand. By being part of a community, you give yourself a chance to learn from the group and help each other out along the way. You literally get a group of people who give each other advice and feedback, helping entrepreneurs in their journey.
2. You can make connections and grow your network
Joining any community means that you have a chance to grow your professional and personal network. Growing your network means you increase your chances of opportunities, which could mean a job opportunity or meeting someone who can provide you with the help you need. Get it? You never know who you’ll meet when you join a community.
One of the most important things about networking is that you can get your name known by people who have the power to open doors for you. Having a network of people in the industry who can vouch for you might actually be all you need. They recommend you, leading to employers choosing you for the job or investors choosing your startup. Networking is definitely a skill that you will forever and always need, so if you don't have the hang of it, join a community asap. In your network of entrepreneurs you will find that, in time, you will know each other well enough that you can give them a reference if they need one and they will do the same for you. You can do favors for each other and help your entire community get ahead.
"The opposite of networking is NOT working." -Someone Smart
3. You can find a whole pool of resources
Well, you just can’t do everything yourself.
It’s the reason why teams are more likely to succeed as startups than solo founders. There are definitely certain areas or skills that you don’t have, or aren’t good enough in.
It’s easily solved- You just need to find people who have the skills in the areas that you lack. That is where the power of community comes in: You’d be surprised how many of your group members are willing to help you with whatever problem you have.
Also , there are meetups & workshops: As a community we regularly host meetups to broaden the horizons of entrepreneurs. You learn a lot, you meet professionals from the industry, and you mingle. It’s a win-win-win that you wouldn’t get if you weren’t part of the community.
As our friend Steve Jobs once said: “If you're gonna make connections which are innovative... you have to not have the same bag of experiences as everyone else does.”
4. You can kinda get a support group
Having a community to rely on means that you’re surrounded by people who know exactly what you’re going through. Entrepreneurship gets lonely, man. And when they have no one in their life to share experiences with, most entrepreneurs give up because they just don’t have the motivation to keep going.
Your friends and family might see the world differently, and won’t understand why you’re so passionate about something. But a community with like-minded people can provide a support group of people who are dealing with the exact same journey.
Life happens: The good, the bad, and the unthinkable. It’s important to have people around to help carry you through.
As our other friend Helen Keller once said : “Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”
Looking for this kind of community? We've got one. We are looking for people that want to make a real contribution and add to that fast-growing puzzle. Check out more here. For more questions, email us at Contact.Us@Tech7Starter.com