Time, energy, and finances all play a huge role in personal investment and if you are like me, finance is always the biggest consideration. Like most folks, my bills HAVE to be paid and I am not in a position to cut any corners.  I am learning that there are ways that I can conserve so that I can be in a position to take advantage of networking/learning opportunities when they present themselves.

Here are just a few things that you can do to invest in yourself without breaking the bank:

 

  1. Evaluating Needs vs. Wants

I have always struggled in this area but I can go without a manicure or pedicure once, twice, or more to pay for a ticket to learn, network, and enhance my skills which will ultimately help me to build my portfolio.  My toe nail polish could chip within minutes of me walking out of the nail spa. Attending an event and making quality connections can have a lifelong impact.

 

  1. Sign Up To Receive Information First

Often times your favorite blogger/influencer/organization will offer early bird pricing or some type of exclusive option for followers. Signing up to get information is Free-99! Recently I was able to take advantage of early bird pricing for a networking event. I was also eligible for a discount on a blogger boot camp because I attended the networking event.

 

  1. Go Virtual

The blogger boot camp that I referenced above was a virtual opportunity. It was extremely informative and I was able to participate in the comfort of my own home AND in my pajamas! Joining a virtual community or mastermind is also a low cost way to invest in yourself. These groups can be a low cost way to network, learn, and enhance your skills on a regular basis.

  1. Stay Local

Find out what events or activities are taking place in your area. This can cut down on expenses associated with travel but it is also a great way to build a network of like-minded people in your region.

 

  1. Narrow Your Focus

Determine which opportunities will help you accomplish your personal and professional goals and stick with those. Don’t overextend yourself financially to “keep up with the Joneses.” Start small and set a goal around the number of opportunities you want to attend and plan accordingly.

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