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've worked with Eric on a variety of projects over the years, for several different ventures. Whether designing a website for a commercial client, organizing an education event for creative professionals, or pioneering new frontiers in SEO for the medical industry, Eric is always professional, forward-thinking, and an absolute pleasure to work with. I trust his recommendations about website best practices completely, and his design aesthetic is both innovative and universally appealing. Simply put, he's one of the best in the business."
Jeff Kent, Partner, Campfire Digital

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