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Ask any entrepreneur what their biggest piece of advice is for others who are looking to start their own business and I bet that the majority of them would say something about the importance of being part of a business squad. As an entrepreneur, there are going to be days when you need to vent to someone when you’re looking for an honest second opinion or need a brainstorm buddy, and that’s where your squad comes in. It’s all about being part of a group of entrepreneurs who are going through similar experiences and can act as a support system for one another (think Taylor Swift and her girl squad).

When I first got started on my journey of starting a business, I felt like I didn’t really have anyone to talk to who actually understood what I was going through. Flash forward one year and I have found an amazing group of ladies who I always know I can count on for support and vice versa. So, how should you go about finding your girl squad?

Take a class
Sign-up for a class or course that will draw in other like-minded people. If it’s an in-person class, chat with other students and if you connect with someone, ask if they’d like to grab a cup of coffee. If it’s an online class, usually there is some way to connect with other students whether it’s a Facebook group or a roster that’s shared with everyone. Again, reach out to anyone that you think you might have something in common with and see if they’d like to chat!

When I first decided that I was going to start a business, I signed up for Marie Forleo’s B-School. Part of the reason I signed up was because I knew the course material would be really beneficial, but the other reason was because I hoped that it would introduce me to other women who were in the same place that I was at the time. And it worked! I ended up meeting several other amazing women who I am now proud to call my friends.

Join Facebook Groups
Facebook groups for business owners are popping up like crazy! Join a few groups that fit your personality (I wouldn’t recommend joining more than three especially if they’re big because they can get pretty overwhelming). Once you’ve been added, be social! If someone posts something that interests you, start a conversation with them. If you’re looking for friends in your area, make a post asking if there are any other members that live around you. Remember, most people join Facebook groups like these because they are also looking to make friends and build connections, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!

Friends of friends
I have met so many amazing people through other people that I know. Let your friends and family know that you’re starting your own venture and looking to chat with other entrepreneurs. Someone always seems to know someone else who is doing the same thing!

If you meet a business friend, suggest combining forces and having a happy hour or coffee date with other entrepreneurs that they know. I really like suggesting this because I know that if one of my business friends brings someone else around, they’re probably pretty cool and it’s likely that we’ll get together as a group pretty regularly.

Go to conferences
Going to a weekend conference is an amazing way to meet new business friends! It’s sort of like camp for adults who want to talk shop and geek out over business stuff! You’ll find that there are a lot of entrepreneurs who go to business and blog conferences solo with the intent of meeting new people. So, at lunch, sit next to people that you don’t know and strike up a conversation! If you don’t feel comfortable going to a conference without knowing anyone at all, ask around in Facebook groups and see if anyone else is planning on attending the conference too.