Collaboration Helps Independent Creatives Learn from Success

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.

Learning from success obviously has a lot of advantages over learning from failure. You make quicker progress because you have fewer setbacks to bounce back from. It is more informative because you see exactly what you ought to be doing instead of just figuring out stuff you need to avoid. Plus, it is a lot less painful.

Coming together with other freelancers is a great way to get started on making success your classroom:

Find role models

You can learn from the triumphs of others as well as your own. Networking means sharing what you are doing right as well as seeking help in areas where you want to grow.

Make midcourse corrections

Sometimes things blow up suddenly, but usually there are plenty of warning signs along the way. Having a network of freelancers you can talk with helps you to keep a project on the track to success instead of getting blown off course by a small issue that does not get resolved promptly.

Benefit from social support

In addition to all the practical resources you can access through joining a collective, there is also the invaluable social support. Validation and encouragement from others who have been in your shoes can help keep you going so you do not quit before you get to see your first victory.

Of course, nothing can insulate you from all mistakes, and failure is sometimes a sign that you are taking healthy risks. Still, being a freelancer is challenging enough so grab all the help you can get.

"I worked with Eric for several years on Cherry Creek North's website - he was hired to take care of our web development and maintenance. He is reliable, easy to work with, punctual, knowledgeable, and truly a great partner to have. I can't say enough good things about him. Our website was constantly evolving and he was able to help us from the littlest of updates to larger complex projects with a great attitude and viable solutions for whatever we put in front of him. I would work with Eric again in a heartbeat and highly recommend him!"
Kristi Omdahl, Vice President of Marketing, PostNet International Franchise Corporation

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