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We are how we work. At CoCreativ, we believe that better work days lead to a fuller, more adventurous life. We're devoted to improving the 93,600 hours we each spend at work and to brightening the days in between.
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” –Helen Keller
When you start your own business or work remotely, it’s easy to feel secluded working at home alone. Sure a coffee shop gives you some human interaction, but it’s not the same as working around like-minded professionals-nor is it as beneficial.
Who we choose to be around is one of the most important decisions we make in life both personally and professionally. Building relationships with other entrepreneurs is key to maintaining a successful business; making the right connections and surrounding yourself with like-minded professionals can inspire creativity and prevent work burnout.
Here are some reasons that highlight the importance of being around like-minded professionals:
Sense of community & meeting new people. Feeling isolated working remotely? Meeting people can give you new ideas and a different perspective on existing problems.
As part of a network of business professionals, you can encourage others and give business advice along the way creating a community of support. This means you have people around you to help you achieve your goals, create new possibilities, and share your accomplishments with. Additionally, you may have interests in common outside of work that can lead to lasting friendships!
Inspiration from their passion. Spending time with like-minded professionals impacts your own business mindset. Their success (or as we call them wins), perseverance, and attitude can often give you the courage to keep going.
Regardless of field, simply by being around other business owners and solopreneurs gets you excited about being one too!
Shorten the learning curve. When you start a business, there is so much to learn and little time for missteps. But generally as entrepreneurs, we learn by trial & error. By engaging with like-minded professionals, you may learn from them at a much faster rate than you would learn on your own.
Constant communication with other entrepreneurial minds may help you create and refine your ideas. It can also prevent you from investing time on unproductive tasks. The benefits are clear. By being in an environment with other entrepreneurial minds, you can make connections with people who have been there, done that, which reduces struggle & effort while saving you time and money.
Growth encourages growth. The most important aspect of connecting with other like-minded business professionals is the element of positivity. A community of entrepreneurial minds inspires a little healthy competition; their growth can stimulate yours. Remember: the people don’t have to be in the same industry as you are to be a like-minded professional, they just need to have a similar attitude.
A work community encourages you to raise others up to perform at your level. Plus, enthusiasm is contagious, and being around other businesses with the same high levels of determination serves to increase your own motivation.
Connections, connections, connections. We all do business with people we know, like, and trust. Many people will tell you ‘it’s who you know’ when it comes to getting the break your business needs.
It’s important to be around like-minded professionals so you can increase your chances of interacting with key local influencers and getting your name out there. Spending time with other entrepreneurs and remote workers can lead to great business referrals or joint client projects.
At CoCreativ, we’re entrepreneurs too and we know how important it is to surround yourself with other innovators & like-minded professionals. Simply being in this environment has the possibility of giving so much inspiration, collaboration, and business development.
Associating yourself with other successful small business owners and solopreneurs can go a long way. Want to see what we mean, schedule a tour at our Downtown or South Tampa coworking office spaces, and we’ll show you.