At first I was a bit shy and didn't want to really talk much. But it turned out to be my biggest lead generator in 2014 with the least amount of work (usually 3 hours a week).
The meetings were roughly 1 1/2 hours long and typically I would come out with 1-2 new clients at a minimum of $1,500 down.
2014 ended up being a pretty good year for me (I only worked half the year and took the rest off) pulling in around $85,000 of that almost $70,000 being profit.
I started out with a large office and big townhouse on the water.. now I've come to realize I need neither as the time I actually worked was at Starbucks and other than sleeping/watching TV I was never home. I would just go out constantly and enjoy life.
Now I've purchased an RV with my girlfriend and begun a journey to travel the United States to different marketing events, functions, networking chapters, etc. and plan on doing presentations in different states.
In the end... networking events have given me more freedom than ever. Yes they require me to be at a meeting at a set location in person, but I was already working from home for 4 years and never ended up traveling. Now I have the opportunity and push to do so
Networking meetings WORK!