Sometimes, accounting and bookkeeping firm owners might not want to meet others in their field - after all, they're the competition. Rather than risk blurting out business secrets or strategies or making a friendship that sours if they lose a job to the other person's firm, a number of financial professionals will avoid networking altogether.
However, as many smart firm owners know, that's not always a great idea. The fact of the matter is, creating a business partnership with other accountants can open a lot of doors in the future and pave the way for collaboration on projects down the road.
So what tips should Canadian accountants remember when they go to connect with their peers and start a business relationship?
Never forget your business card
According to Randstad, no matter the industry concerned at a networking event, attendees need to remember to bring their contact information along. In fact, the source said that professionals should carry business cards everywhere they go. Think about how having this information on hand at all times could help an accountant in particular - it would be a quick and easy way to get your foot in the door if an individual or business needed their taxes done during the peak season.
At a networking event, the news provider said that attendees should give a card to every individual they speak to for maximum results.
Ask if they have a social media presence
Another good way to make lasting connections with others in the accounting field is to ask if the professionals you meet at networking events have a presence on social media sites. This way, you definitely won't misplace contact information, you can remain apprised on what competitors are doing, easily stay on top of trends and, according to Randstad, you can connect and reconnect from time to time to keep the business relationship strong.
Don't be afraid to initiate
Especially if it's your first time at an accounting professionals event and you're there with industry veterans, it can be very intimidating to make the first move. However, there are plenty of other people who might be shy as well, so, as the Financial Post noted, you shouldn't be afraid to make the first move. This can mean anything from actually starting the conversation, or asking for another attendee's business card before you go your separate ways. You always miss out on opportunities you don't take, and this shouldn't be one of those situations.