Use this simple calculator to give yourself an idea of how many referrals you need from networking.
In a twelve month period:
(a) What annual income do you want for your business? £______
(b) What income will come from clients other than referrals? £______
(c) Therefore, what income needs to come form referred clients? (= a – b) £______
(d) What is the average income from a referred client? [note] £______
(e) Therefore, how many referred clients do you need (pa)? (= c / d) ______
(f) What proportion of referred leads can you convert to clients? ______
(g) Therefore, how many referred leads do you need (pa)? (= e / f ) ______
(h) How many referred leads do you need per month? (= g /12) ______
(i) Allowing for a contingency of 10% [or some other figure more appropriate to your business], how many referred leads do you need per month? (= h * 1.10) ______
[note (d)] If this is too unrealistic a question, do two (or more) calculations for separate client groups
From the figure (i), the number of referred leads you need per month, you should draw up a spreadsheet showing, for each month,
Because these leads come form referral partners, or advocacy partners, and you cannot get them all on board simultaneously, the figures in the early months will, in fact, be below what you require.
I recommend having between four and eight advocacy partners, and I recommend not attempting to get more than two on board at a time, though you can start off two more while the first two are still settling, and so on. I would allow at least a month for the partner acquisition process to complete, and then, of course, you have to be realistic about how long before leads come in (the first ones could be prompt), how long before they become clients, and how long before the fee earning work yields money in the bank.