Freelancing gives you freedom, but it can have drawbacks. Have you ever felt isolated? Wished you had a little more support around you? Worried that your income was on a rollercoaster ride? Here’s six good reasons why collaborating with other freelancers and seeing them as colleagues can help.
1. More referrals mean more new clients.
Develop your own freelancer referral network that you know you can rely on and who know they can trust you enough to refer your business to their clients and friends. This means more business for everyone. We’ve previously published a couple of helpful articles on getting referrals that you might find useful.
2. Stop feeling isolated.
Under pressure and feeling that no one around you understands what you’re going through? Stay in regular contact with people who know what it’s like to be in your shoes and who can empathise.
3. Make more money, more of the time.
Bills roll in every month, but you can’t guarantee your work will do the same. Collaborating can help you smooth out the peaks and troughs. If you’re fortunate enough to be inundated with more work than you can cope with, or you want to take a short break, you won’t have to turn it away. Instead you’ll be able to call on your colleagues to help you out – and make sure your clients stay happy by using someone you know you can trust.
4. Team up for increased business all round.
Develop and formalise relationships so that you can work with your new colleagues to take on projects that you couldn’t have delivered alone. For instance, as a web designer you might need to find a copywriter and a translator to team up with, to win a contract you wouldn’t otherwise have been able to pitch for. Again, increased business all round.
5. Skilled help means less stress.
Trying to be a jack of all trades when you’re really a master of one? Whether you need support and advice from people in your own field, or advice from a professional with skills completely different to your own, collaborating will make it easier. You could even try cutting your costs by exchanging services.
6. 50% of something is better than 100% of nothing.
You don’t need to feel as if you’re in constant competition for work with every other freelancer in your field. Making alliances can help you all succeed, whether it’s through support, collaboration, or substitution. Get started now:
It’s about maximising profits – that’s why you’re in business. We started abTeamUp to help freelancers collaborate. It’s where you can work together, share skills, get qualified referrals, find support and reduce isolation. Sign up and start using the service now. We promise to listen when you tell us what works, what doesn’t and what you’d find useful, so that we really deliver a service that helps your business grow.