You might be a one woman band when it comes to running your business but that doesn’t mean that you have to do everything alone. I’m rounding up 5 of the ways to find your tribe as a freelancer because believe me, you’re going to need one!
As soon as you start to consider taking your side hustle full-time one of the things that should be at the top of your priority list is masking sure that you have a supportive community of fellow business owners around you, whether that be online or offline.
Freelance life can be a lonely old place, around this time last year I created a post on how to build a community when you work for youself as I strongly believe that this is an integral part of any self-employed journey but today I thought I’d go into a little more detail on how to actually go about finding your tribe as a freelancer.
One of the best ways to get yourself in a room full of like-minded individuals is to attend as many local business and networking events as possible. You might have found yourself putting this off until now as you have the stereotypical image of networking with suits, business cards and awkward small talk but this doesn’t have to be the case!
Search for networking events that are relevant to your industry so you’re more likely to find yourself making interesting and relevant contacts that could be useful in the future. I usually browse through Eventbrite every couple of weeks as well as keep an eye on Facebook events to see what’s going on in my local area.
Join Online Memberships and Facebook Groups
Nowadays there are ways to feel connected with the freelance world without even leaving your own four walls! There are tonnes of online memberships and Facebook groups which are specifically targeted for female business owners and offer support, helpful advice and friendly chit-chat which can make working for yourself feel much less lonely!
Some of the membership groups I’m part of are the Fearless Members Club and The coven, both are paid memberships but the chats that go on inside the Facebook groups and the advice within the workshops are both invaluable. Just a few of the Facebook groups that I think provide the most value are One Girl Band, The Busy to Boss Community and the Small and Mighty Business Community.
Turn Instagram Connections into IRL Relationships
Instagram is an amazing way to connect with like-minded freelancers working in your industry but these relationships don’t have to exist purely online. Why not take things into the real world and organise a meet-up IRL!
Don’t ever feel nervous about asking a fellow business owner about meeting up for a coffee, I guarantee they’ll probably have been considering doing the exact same thing. Sometimes it can feel a little bit like a blind date but I guarantee things couldn’t ever go that badly, after all, you have business in common so that’s a great starting point!
Collaborate with Fellow Freelancers
Collaboration is hands down one of the best ways to develop deeper and more meaningful relationships with fellow freelancers in your industry. We can’t always be one-woman bands and often we might find ourselves needing to outsource work to a specialist so this provides the perfect opportunity to utilise and build on previous connections.
Being part of relevant Facebook groups and keeping an eye out on Instagram is one of the best ways to secure potential collaborations and remember that this is the point that any previous networking might come into play and help to put your name in the spotlight.
Join a Co-Working Space/Group
If you miss the buzz of working within a busy office you might want to give a co-working space a try. Designed to help freelancers and business owners get out of the house, co-working spaces are an amazing way to surround yourself with like-minded individuals on a daily basis.
If you can’t seem to find a co-working space in your town or city that suits your needs why not seek out a co-working group that meets up regularly or better yet, start your own! That’s exactly what I did with The Co-Working Club, a community I run within Nottingham which meets up weekly and already has brought SO much value and amazing people into my life!
Do you have any tips on finding your tribe as a freelancer? What have you found to be the best way to meet like-minded business owners?
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