If you work alone, get out of the house and go meet people at events (especially conferences). It’s easy to remain at home, make coffee, and work from your dining room table. But if you want to grow professionally, it’s your job to be seen. Go to events. Shake hands. Exchange cards. Smile. Make a memorable impression. Add value starting from the moment you first meet someone to every follow up after that. And don’t be afraid to ask.