Once I started collaborating with business owners I began seeing a difference in:
Put your pride aside and throw yourself out there! It is okay to reach out to other entrepreneurs and tell them about the business and service you offer. Most people will consider working with you, just because they see that your serious about what your doing. Don’t be cheesy! Make the outreach professional and straight to the point.
For my first Collaboration I reached out to a business owner who was just starting up. Not only does this help your business but it’ll help theirs also. After that, I started getting offers from other business owners who had heard about me and my work.
The larger the business, the greater the collaboration and the more successful it’ll be. However, don’t get so caught up in trying to head straight to the top. Start at a smaller business and earn your way up. You have to create trustworthy partnerships first, to keep them coming and to also keep other businesses coming.
COMMUNICATION is the key to a partnership. You must have a clear understanding of what your willing to offer. The business that your working with needs to also have a clear understanding. Once you’ve reached out to the owner, if their interested be clear about what your offering and what you expect.
Be consistent. Ask them to meet up with you or speak over the phone. Whatever you do, please don’t communicate solely through email or text. That isn’t professional and it doesn’t show that your serious. If the business owner prefers being reached via text or email, that’s the only reason to communicate that way. But if they don’t have a preference, verbally communicate. This allows a clear understanding from both parties.
My favorite part about collaborating is the writing (it’s really not). Though it’s not my favorite part of collaborating it is a very important part.
Always have your understanding in writing. Once it’s in writing, neither party can say certain terms and agreements weren’t made. Having contracts and agreements also avoids any nasty legal mess they may possibly come about later.
Even if they agree (word of mouth) it’s still helpful to have a contract and agreement set in place and have everyone sign.
For your first collaboration I’d suggest offering your services for free. Don’t offer all of them for free, but some of them offer for free.
My first collaboration I offered a session for free, but of course she was so amazed with the session she wanted more images. The additional images were additional charges. So even though I did a session for free I still made income because she paid for her additional images.
There are other ways to make profit or get something back. You can exchange or “trade” services. For an example, if your offering a free spa they can offer you something in return such as a discount or free services/items. Don’t just give your all into the partnership and don’t get anything in return. A partnership an/or collaboration should be a win-win situation for everyone!
"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose." - Bishop T.D. Jakes
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