I’ll admit that one of the key things I miss about working in an office is the ability for my coworkers to edit my writing, or provide feedback on projects.
But being independent doesn’t mean that you have to forfeit those workplace perks – you just need to expand your view of “colleagues” to include your fellow soloists.
Here are a few ways to do so:
Trade brainstorming sessions.
Whether unscheduled or impromptu, try and formalize phone dates to trade ideas that helps each other grow…think of people to introduce the other to, blog topics they could write about, etc.
So many times I’ve found it much easier to brainstorm ideas for others than for myself. Perhaps you’re the same? Sometimes, though, when I voice those ideas aloud I realize that I can also find value in developing them for myself. Vocalize what’s trapped inside your mind!
Walk while you talk.
Kick up those same sessions when you move to in-person over virtual! Moreover, instead of drinking MORE coffee, consider incorporating some exercise when you plan catch up sessions with fellow soloists. Fresh air and increased heart rates tend to open up new layers of creativity and relaxation.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you understand that exercise is not just great for your health, but for your productivity levels. Our problem isn’t in understanding, its time management. If you can’t fit in a sweat session in the morning, take your meetings to the track (or trail)!
In need of some website coding, but don’t have the cash at hand? Consider how you might offer your services in return for those services that you need – money is not the only currency. You may find that that same web developer needs some marketing copy developed. Offering trade in lieu of cash is a great way to help others, and yourself!
How are you helping your fellow soloists?