Many people hate to network. They don’t like going to events, trying to talk to people that they never met, and finding common interests. They feel uncomfortable trying to pass out their business cards to everyone that they meet. However, it is very important for business owners to network.
People are always talking about learning from failure, but collaboration between independent creatives lets you wise up the easier way. Participating in a collective of freelance professionals gives you more opportunities to learn from success.
There has been an exciting trend for community based working environments for entrepreneurs, freelancers and independents. Professionals that have made the leap to work for themselves and go out and start a new thing have realized that just because they work for themselves doesn't mean they have to work by themselves.
All great business models involve high levels of innovation and creativity. Unfortunately, thinking outside the box always involves a certain level of risk. When you think creatively, you have a lot of exciting new ideas, but not all of them are going to work. Failure is part of the equation when it comes to innovation.
More and more creative people are giving up salaried positions with big corporations to pursue careers as freelance professionals. Most creative work can be accomplished remotely and projects can be found through websites or networking so it is not necessary to have an employer in order to continue to work in the field you love.