A few weeks ago, I published the post My FinCon14 New Orleans Recap – Networking At Its Finest. This was my second year at FinCon (it’s a financial bloggers conference), and it’s a conference I don’t think I will ever miss as long as I am in the freelance blogging world, which will hopefully be forever. 🙂
Also, I should mention that I’ve attended several other conferences in the past, but they were all related to my day job and overall they were just bad/horrible/boring conferences. If you’ve attended conferences in the past and didn’t enjoy it, it may have just been a badly managed conference.
FinCon is not that. FinCon is an amazing blog conference, and there are plenty of other conferences out there as well that can have many benefits for you and/or your business.
Below are the different reasons for why I think you should start attending conferences:
You can learn new skills and new ideas.
Whether you attend a blog conference or a work-related conference, you will always learn something new. That’s the main point of attending a conference. There are usually sessions throughout the day or throughout the week that you can attend.
You might learn how to run your business more efficiently, what’s new in the industry, different plugins to run your website more smoothly, hear about important research that relates to your industry, how to reach out to potential customers, how to expand your market, and more. The amount of new skills and new ideas you could possibly learn from a conference is endless.
There are also many different types of conferences you could attend. You could attend a conference that specifically relates to finance blogging, freelancing, travel blogging, owning your own business, financial advice, social media, investing, and more. There are thousands of conferences out there and I’m sure you could find one great one that fits what you are looking for.
The networking at a conference can be a great experience.
Conferences are great for networking. You can finally meet someone who you have been talking to online for the past year. You can hang out with them, talk about the different sessions you’ve attended, grab dinner, and more.
I’ve made some great friends and great contacts at conferences. You also might be able to find a new job, a new side hustle, a client, someone to work for you, and more.
Conferences can motivate you.
Conferences can bring a lot of motivation. That’s one big thing I love about FinCon.
It can help rejuvenate you and help you with whatever you are doing. You meet so many new people and learn about so many new ideas at a conference that it would be difficult to not come back more motivated than when you left.
Do you attend conferences? Why or why not?
If there are any other blogging or freelancing conferences out there, please share them. I’m looking to possibly attend a few more each year.
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