If you are self-employed, you will likely spend a lot of time thinking of how to generate attention for your business. Whereas your webpage and social media are important digital strategies that you can focus on from home, there are some traditional ways of promoting your business that you shouldn’t miss. One of them is having a stand at an exhibition or show relevant to your industry or business sector. Most freshly self-employed entrepreneurs have never been at a business fair before and may wonder about how they should present themselves and how they need to act for establishing a good connection to new business partners or sponsors. So whether you are male or female entrepreneurs who have taken the first step to start your own business, here are some ideas that you should focus on.
Organizing your stand
In the multitude of different stands at an exhibition, it always pays to stand out. Be creative in order to make your corner unique and interesting! Make sure the design of all of your equipment like counters and banners, as well as your printed material, like flyers and leaflets looks alike. It is a good idea to have all of your exhibition needs printed by a company that offers you a comprehensive solution for all the different items you want, as it saves you money and effort. Try to think about details that personalize your presentation.
Mumpreneurs don’t have to hide
You are a successful mum- or dad-preneur and you are proud of it! Unlike in most other jobs where having a child can make you have a challenging time, being a parent as well as self-employed can actually be an advantage! Especially if your business model has anything to do with your life as a parent, an exhibition gives you the opportunity to focus on that. If your child is not too young, or is willing to come, consider taking them with you to the exhibition for some time. Some locations may have a kids corner where your child can play during the rest of the day. If being a parent is key to your business, having your child by your side gives a personal impression to whatever new person or business partner you might meet.
Don’t let yourself be intimidated
A business fair is the place for everyone to show their expertise. That doesn’t mean that you need to show off. Just remember that it is essential for a successful business communication to act professional and open-minded at the same time. Don’t be shy when meeting business people who seem to have a lot of experience. Open, friendly reactions will prove to be more fruitful than acting in a reserved or hesitant way. If you don’t know something, don’t be afraid to admit it. Your interlocutor will surely appreciate your honesty.