Most people who freelance do so solo, meaning that they work by themselves most of the time. I am one of those people. I work from home, in my own office, and am not surrounded by co-workers or design partners during the work day. While I am an introvert at heart and love my daily work routines, I know deep down that human interaction is key. Because honestly, there is nothing like bouncing ideas with another creative to get your gears rolling.
With that said, the biggest thing I have done to increase human interaction within my workday is to utilize Skype as a communication platform. I have made a few really amazing friends online who are in the same boat as me, so it’s nice to take small breaks throughout the day and simply say hello. We talk about everything from design + collaboration to what we’re having for dinner. It almost feels like you have a little cubicle mate ( or two or three ), which is really nice when you work by yourself. Conversations with like minded individuals is always a good thing, at least in my book it is!
Another HUGE thing is collaboration, which I’ve been craving a lot as of late. Some of us ( raising my hand over here!! ) get set in our own routines and forget to jump out of that comfortable box we’ve created. Working with another creative individual can be a great learning experience, full of inspiration and growth for all parties involved. When you’re used to working by yourself everyday, collaborations are a good way to test the waters and try something new. Who knows, you may end up loving it!
But no matter how you do it, try opening up that connection with other creatives as much as you’d like. Resist the urge to get TOO comfortable in your own space. There are just so many wonderful people and amazing opportunities out there, it would be a pity to miss out. So here is my goal for you : try reaching out + saying hello to somebody new today. You never know what may come of it! That’s the fun part.
* OH, and of course, meeting up face to face is always great. My favorite thing is grabbing a bit to eat with new creatives in my city. New friends + food? Perfection.