It’s no secret that freelancers have a much higher potential of feeling alone and isolated when compared those who work in an office or around other people.
Many freelancers work from home which means that you probably don’t talk with a whole lot of people throughout the day.
Simply put, you’re lacking community.
Community is extremely vital for freelancers as well. You can bounce ideas off of one another, seek advice, and get great input all while forming lasting relationships.
Add in the power of the internet and it seems as if it’d be fairly easy to connect with other freelancers – and that’s true to an extent.
However, you can’t just aimlessly poke around freelancing spots hoping to bump into someone you’ll hit it off with, you need to have goals.
“2. Have specific goals
What are you looking for from a community or support system?
Keep in mind that your goals may warp and change over time; we no sooner fulfill one need than another pops up! But having some objectives for community-building can help structure your search.
For instance, if you’re a freelance parent working in a new city, maybe you decide that you’d like to find friendly meet-ups for your child AND make connections in your field.
Those are two different goals with some possible intersections. Start researching local kids’ classes and professional networking events. Check out the host organizations and spaces – any overlap?
Resolve to explore your city through pursuing these goals. You’ll feel more empowered, and far less mentally-and-physically lost.”
Read the full post at Freelancers Union.