A lot of freelancers started freelancing because they like working solo. Most of us are introverts, so working from our laptops at home is a cosy fit for us! But we all need to collaborate with other creatives at some point. You can’t be the best at everything, which is why it’s good to collaborate with others who are better at something than you are.
For example, I used to design and code Wordpress websites before switching to specialize in Squarespace websites. I hated building websites from scratch and I wasn't very good at it, so I decided to collaborate with a developer instead!
I designed the websites and he coded them. It was a perfect solution because it allowed me to stick to doing what I loved and also gave someone else some work.
The problem with these kind of collaborations is finding the right people to team up with. How can you find trustworthy creatives to collaborate with? If you're collaborating with someone for the first time, you may not be sure if they're trustworthy, timely and respectful.
What if they're awful with timekeeping and end up delaying the project for weeks?
What if they tell you they can do a certain job, but they're actually not sure?
What if they cause problems with the client? Will the client get mad at you because you're the one who suggested the collaboration?
These questions and fears are enough to put anyone off collaborating with others, but that's not why I'm writing to you today. There are ways to make sure you choose collaboration partners who are trustworthy, honest, timely, and a total dream to work with. There are also warning signs you should look out for in a potential partner!
I've covered it all in my 15 minute audio lesson, How To Find The Perfect Collaborators.
This audio lesson is from The Shelancers Club, and the topic of the month at the moment is Collaboration. If you're hesitant about collaborating with other creatives when money is involved, or you're not sure how to find webinar partners, guest blogging opportunities, or how to pitch someone on a collaboration, this month's collection is perfect for you.
The Shelancers Club is made up of two things:
01. A subscription library. A secret library filled with audio lessons, articles and worksheets to help you grow your freelance business.
02. A private Facebook community where you can connect with other shelancers (mainly designers, developers, artists and writers) and seek advice, find friends, and share your goals.
The library is filled with audio lessons, video lessons and articles on freelance topics like:
- Pricing your services and products
- Managing your time and creating a schedule that boosts productivity
- Raising your rates
- Designing a portfolio website that converts like crazy
- Adding passive income streams to your freelance business
- Creating a sales funnel
- Creating a business plan
- And even more!
"I joined The Shelancers Club because I needed a little boost of confidence, and to learn from people who have already been in the boat I am currently in. I’ve already picked up some tips and tricks about font licensing, contracts, rates and pricing. If you’re thinking about joining, I say just go for it!! There is so much to gain that you can’t afford to not join in. It’s fab." - Krishna Solanki
"I left The Shelancers Club for a little while due to time and money issues. It wasn't worth it. I ran into an issue this week and got some advice from another group. It was fine, but it just wasn't the same. This group is pretty special." - Christina Orleans