Have you ever heard the old saying, “Two heads are better than one?” In business, this is so true. What does this mean? Well if you have a problem or even a fantastic idea, two heads coming up with a solution or identifying issues can usually think of more things than one person alone. Even if you are just brainstorming, two people collaborating can come up with more than a person alone.
5 Reasons to Collaborate on Your Next Project
I personally have found working with a partner is sometimes much more rewarding than working by myself. I love being self-employed and setting my own schedule, but I’m a people person and I crave the company of others at times.
Many entrepreneurs left the corporate world to be their own boss, make their own schedule and work by themselves. No matter how much you love working alone or how excellent you are, there will be times when you need to collaborate with others.
Reasons to Collaborate:
1. Sheer Numbers
One person can come up with a lot of ideas, multiply that by two or three and the number of ideas grows much larger. Sure great minds may think alike and you will have a few duplicates, but just in the number of ideas, collaborating is a good thing.
2. Ideas Abound
Sometimes one person sees things totally different than another and can think of ideas you would never have thought of. As ideas are tossed around by multiple people, there is a better chance that one idea can be combined with another to make the perfect fit. I participate in a mastermind call weekly and often this happens on our call.
If together you come up with an awesome idea, those you collaborated with can help push the idea forward. They know and have connections to other people that can also help. Depending on the idea, you might need partners or capital, or PR, or a number of other things. The more people involved, the better the chances of finding the right connections. Here again, my mastermind group is a huge help.
4. I Feel Your Pain
When starting a new project, it can be very lonely and you feel you have no one to turn to. When you have collaborated on a project you have someone there to support you when you are down. They understand the project and can offer a shoulder to lean on as well as ideas to get you over the hurdle.
5. Lightning Fast Energy
Have you ever been in a discussion and you could just feel the energy flowing? You get through implementation much faster with a steady flow of energy. Feedback from collaborators can provide energy to keep everyone moving forward through problems, setbacks, and successes.
Bonus – Have a Party
Your problem is solved, your project complete or your product finished and selling like hotcakes, and you need someone to celebrate with. When you have collaborated with others, you can celebrate together. No one wants to party alone and who knows, the celebration just might lead to other new ideas!
Who Do You Collaborate With?
You can collaborate with just about anyone. It could be a coach, a PR expert, a peer, a team of people, a mastermind group, the competition, or someone who has a supportive business connected to yours. Each might have their own ideas and would be great to collaborate with. Just make sure you feel comfortable with the person. You want to make sure you can share your ideas freely without hesitation in a safe environment.
“No man is an island.” – John Donne
Even if you are a solopreneur, you still need to interact with others to build your business.
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