Working for yourself doesn't necessarily mean you always got to work alone.
You can collaborate on client work with other freelancers (like writers + web designers or even designers + developers). You can partner up to launch companies or agencies. But today's topic is another type of partnership. It's one that I don't see people writing about enough: project partnerships.
Project partnerships could be anything from launching a course together, hosting a co-branded webinar, creating and launching an application, co-writing a book... you get the idea. You're not necessarily working together, full-time, forever, but you've joined forces (like the Justice League!) for a common goal in a set timeframe.
Just like choosing clients you want (or don't want) to work with, when you work for yourself, you have the power to pick partners to collaborate with. You're not just "stuck" with people because they're also employees of the same company. This is possibly my second favourite reason for working for myself (I'll write about my favourite reason another time).
Project partnerships mean that you're partnered up with someone (or several people) to release a single project. It doesn't mean you're co-founding a company together or working together indefinitely. It just means for one instance, for a period of time, you've got a collaborator.
Over the years, I've partnered up on a lot of projects. I've launched podcasts, courses and even a few one-off events with other people. And, luckily, I've picked up on a few essential ingredients to make each collaboration more than the sum of its collaborators.
That's it. No long lists or 50-point initial conversation topics to consider. If the partnership is equal, scalable, based on common goals and uses each of your varied strengths--then you'll be in a great place to start.
Project collaborations can fall apart--sometimes even if you're best friends before starting. That's why it's always important to keep open and honest dialog happening. If something's not working, the other person should know before you start hating the project (or the other person).
The beauty of working with someone on a project is that you get to pick who you work with. That's what I love about it, and why I enjoy collaborating so much--we get to make things I'd never be able to create by myself.
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