Networking usually is positioned as a critical activity for entrepreneurs and home-based business owners. While it's also seen as an important skill for anyone in business, networking cannot be overrated for telecommuters (unless, of course, it's done at the expense of achieving your goals). To the extent that you should manage your career almost as though it were an entrepreneurial venture (Tip 30), mastering the fine art of networking is certainly in your best interest.
Entrepreneurs who network effectively:
Make it a point to meet as many people as they can.
Create opportunities to be where other successful people are (or where potential prospects will be).
Join organizations and participate in activities ...