I was in bed the other night, drifting to sleep, when a memory wandered into my mind – my fifth grade best friend and I jumping on her trampoline all summer long. This was back in the early-90s when trampolines were four feet off the ground with no safety net surrounding them. (Why our parents thought this was safe is beyond me.)
Anyway, if you spent any time bouncing your brains out on a trampoline you’ll recall that the best part was when you and your friend’s feet landed at exactly the right moment and one of you was launched into the air with that split second of terror/exhilaration.
And this got me thinking – because my mind always finds its way back to business & blogging – what a great metaphor it is for keeping a few boss business ladies around you. You can get far on your own, but in my experience it really helps to have a few friends jump in with you to help you fly a little further.
They’ll also be there to help pull you back if you land a little too close to the edge or take care if you do a nosedive into the ground.
You probably already know my boss business buddy is Mandy. She proof reads my products, I help keep her blog design in shape and we bounce business ideas off each other almost every day. We help each other figure out the best way to run out businesses and help keep each other from landing too close to the edge.
So how might you find some boss business buddies?
If you’re a freelancer it may be as easy as working a few days a week at a coffee shop and chatting with other people working as well
For crafters and artists – user craft fairs and gallery events as a way to connect with other artists
Blogging…you’re probably already doing that one :) Leave a few comments or introduce yourself via email
Join a group on Facebook – Mandy found a freelancers group that we both joined
Attend a workshop, talk, conference
Put the word out on Twitter/Facebook that you’re looking for someone to talk to about business
Do you have a boss business buddy? Have any tips for meeting other freelancers/small business owners?