Freelancing and entrepreneurship have earned a “lone wolf” image that can, unfortunately, do more harm than good to your wellbeing. Working for yourself doesn’t have to entail years spent struggling alone to make your business ideas a reality. In fact, collaborating with other like-minded creative individuals can often benefit your bottom line.
Bring Together Different Skillsets
Just as you wouldn’t expect someone at a traditional company to write code, perform accounting functions, AND sell a product into stores, entrepreneurs shouldn’t be expected to do it all. Everyone has a specialty, and outsourcing tasks that aren’t your strong suit can give you more time to devote to the work you do best, as well as bring your collaborators’ skillsets to the table.
Grow Your Current Business
Two heads are better than one, or in this case, two professional networks. When you collaborate with other creatives, you also have access to their business contacts. Networking can be a very powerful tool for gaining new business if done well.
Make use of your collaborator's network when it comes to marketing your small business, and help foster new connections. The point of building this network is to surround yourself with those who can vouch for the quality of your work when the time comes.
Start a Side Business
To that end, who says you need to make the sole focus of your collaboration efforts your current gig? Take the opportunity to explore a side project or business. Always had a passion for handmade lotions? Taking pet portraits? Whatever thrills you, chances are there is someone out there who is just as eager to lend their expertise to your project. And generating a little extra income never hurt either!
Working together with other freelancers and entrepreneurs is a great way to keep your business ideas fresh and free you up to play to your strengths. Coworking spaces are a fantastic way to put your in touch with a larger network, and offer everything from regular events to mentorship programs in order to help you grow your business.