How to build an online freelance community—no matter where you’re freelancing from.
There are so many upsides to being a freelancer. You have more freedom and flexibility—especially in terms of when and where you work, or who you work with.
But all of that freedom and flexibility isn’t without its challenges. There’s a certain level of camaraderie that happens when you work in an office. Maybe you become friendly with the people you work with, making it easy to bounce ideas off of each other. And, if you’re lucky, you can find a mentor who can help you take your career to the next level.
Unfortunately, those opportunities are harder to come by when you’re running your own show. But there’s a solution: finding a freelance community. And the best part? It doesn’t matter where you live or work from—you can find your people right from your laptop.
A community is simply a group of people that you have something in common with. And as a human being, it’s only natural that you want to find a group that brings you a sense of belonging, supports you and provides a safe space to share experiences.
Specifically, freelancer communities can help you expand your professional network and support you throughout several challenges, such as:
Helping you fight off isolation. If you get lonely throughout the workday and crave some social interaction, message your freelancer community throughout the day (or even schedule Zoom coffee breaks). It’s a great way to keep feelings of isolation at bay. Providing you with a sounding board. Need someone to bounce ideas off of or talk through an issue? Look to the people in your network. Because they are also independently employed, they can understand your perspective and give helpful insights. Connecting you with potential mentors. If your network is primarily made up of other freelancers who do what you do, chances are, there’s someone who is a few steps ahead of you in their freelance career—making them the perfect candidate for mentorship. Opening you up to new jobs. Many communities have job boards with exclusive freelancing opportunities—and even if they don’t, often freelancers will share jobs they were offered but weren’t quite the right fit to see if they can find someone else to take on the job. Expanding your network outside of your geographic area. Chances are, there are other freelancers in your area. But finding a community online removes any geographical barriers—so you can find the one that feels best to you, no matter where you call home. Where to Find Your Community Online
Clearly, connecting with a freelancer network online is important. But where, exactly, do you find that network? Here are nine places where you can find your fellow independent workers on the web:
Facebook Groups can be a great way to connect with freelancers in your niche, industry or area. For example, if you aim to travel the world while you build your business, you might want to check out the Digital Nomads Around the World Facebook Group (currently 134,500 members strong). Or if you’re a writer and want to connect with other freelancers who write for a living, you might consider joining The Write Life.
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