Solopreneurs aren’t actually solo, at all.
At least, not the really smart and successful ones.
There’s no limit on what you can achieve (beyond the limits of the laws of physics, of course – well, so far, anyway).
But why would you want to deprive yourself of the benefit of community along the way?
It makes the journey so much nicer – not to mention faster – when you build a clan and take ’em along with you.
Family, we’re born into. Not much choice there, I’m afraid.
But when you’re all grown up, and launching your brilliance into the world, you get to choose a new family. Or several families, if you will.
Over the last twelve or so months, I’ve been privileged to join some pretty fabulous people in a bold experiment – Word Carnival.
Tea Silvestre of The Word Chef came up with the idea, and contacted a group of small biz bloggers, including me, mid-2011. And about one year ago, the first Word Carnival debuted, centered around the topic of “Engaging With Prospects Online.” (Here’s my first contribution to the Carnival, just for kicks.)
Every month since, subsequent Word Carnivals have explored different themes of interest to the small/solo biz community, such as finding and connecting with ideal clients, outsourcing business needs, and, my personal favorite, enhancing creativity. My post for that month, 101 Easy-Breezy Ways to Get Your Creativity On, was one of the most popular posts on this site, and still gets lots of hits, even now.
What might not be as apparent to those who read our Carnival posts each month is that a very interesting thing happened behind-the-scenes over the last year.
We carnies became a family of sorts.
This goes way beyond simply sharing each others’ content on social media platforms (though there’s lots of that, too).
We communicate as a group (via a Facebook group page) on all kinds of topics and projects.
We’ve formed joint ventures with each other, sought advice from each other, brainstormed new product names and taglines for each other, reassured and sympathized each other when things got tough (as they do for all of us), and cheered each other on when things went well.
We’ve got each other’s backs, for sure.
There’s a certain amount of solemn responsibility in a community that develops this way, but there’s also a good bit of reassurance and easy camaraderie.
Yes, you can get there on your own.
But if you let your tribe help you raise your “baby” (your business), you get there much faster, and with much more of your sanity intact.
For more Word Carnival awesomeness on this month’s topic — the power of community — check out the links here.