Working alone at home is great, and it’s good to know you can work under your own steam, but of course we can’t get very far without other people.
It’s always been the case that influential and successful people don’t get there on their own. They are part of a community of friends, peers, and mentors, family, who help to push them and support them in their journey.
No matter how talented you are, or how great you are at working alone, your success will be limited if you’re not learning how to leverage the power of community.
As a reminder, here’s what being part of a community can do for you as you work from home, and why Aspect Avenue’s community can be of real value to you.
In a community of like-minded people, with similar interests and goals, you have an increased chance of meeting people who are willing to advise, support and mentor you. Having people like this to guide you and give you the benefit of their experience means you can avoid making costly mistakes that could potentially derail your business or career.
In fact, it’s been proven that having strong mentorship can be the key difference between a failed and a successful business.
“It’s always good to have a helping hand at the start. No matter how incredibly smart you think you are, or how brilliant, disruptive or plain off-the-wall, your new concept might be, every start-up team needs at least one good mentor.” – Richard Branson.
A community of other people who work from home provides insights and valuable information and details of other peoples’ experience. You can learn from the overall group, and get involved in helping out, for the benefit of all members.
People work at home for a wide variety of reasons these days. The community here in this website brings you a chance to improve your professional and personal network, with people you already have something in common with, and who can relate to your situation.
You never know who you’ll meet when you join a community, or how you can help each other.
When you become a part of a community, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to connect with influencers and to raise your own profile. One of the most important things about networking is that you can get your name known by people who have the power to open doors for you. And ideally, you can return the favour for others.
Being isolated at home can cause you to lose some of your imagination and inspiration. Having your ‘tribe’ to refer to, and enjoy the virtual company of, can boost your creativity when it comes to solving problems, making important decisions and more.
Communities contain a diverse array of opinions, ideas, knowledge… Being in a supportive environment helps you to challenge yourself, to think creatively and to constantly reconsider what you know.
Rather than relying on what you learn from your own mistakes and successes, you can always reach out to your community for their input.
Trying to do everything by yourself is time-intensive – and draining in the long run.
Just having a community of other people who are, or have been, in similar circumstances to yourself is an asset, and a valuable resource in itself.
To fill in gaps in your knowledge, you can find people who have the expertise and skills in the areas that you lack.
This is a key aspect of leveraging the power of community. When you make the effort to invest time and energy into building relationships within your community, you’ll be surprised just how many of your peers are willing to help you with whatever problem you’ve encountered.
Having a community to rely upon – in the same or similar situation – means you’re surrounded by people who know exactly what it is you’re going through.
Working from home is said to be a lonely journey, and it often can be. It can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders when you have no one in your life to share your experiences with.
Many people who run a business from home give up because they just don’t have the motivation to keep going.
What a community of like-minded people provides is a support network of people who are going through the exact same experiences as you.
Even if they’re at different stages of the journey, they’ll understand what it is you’re going through and be able to give you the support you need to keep going.
Working alone at home can take a lot of mental and emotional energy. Having someone, let alone a whole group of people, to talk to about your struggles and challenges can be all you need to keep plowing ahead.
Safety and Security
Something that places online communities apart from social media is trust. There’s not as much emphasis on growing a following. It’s more about forming valuable relationships – and the quality of your connections more than the quantity.
Standalone, or branded communities like Aspect Avenue, are considered safer spaces than public social networks.
In communities like this one, people feel more comfortable showing vulnerability by asking questions. There can also be greater rewards for sharing and showcasing their expertise.
Members also tend to be in a community like Aspect Avenue for genuine reasons; for help, or for legitimate networking and opportunities.
Freedom from spam and scams:
At Aspect Avenue, and other similar standalone/branded communities, you are much more likely to be able to enjoy a 100% spam and scam free environment. (Unlike many free social media Groups – or other free discussion platforms).
Of course, being in a community and becoming a known participant, you open doors to various types of opportunity. With the trust factor you can earn in this exclusive and supportive environment, things can happen between members more readily.
Opportunities for collaboration, joint ventures, new customers, personal support, introductions, and more…
A vital part of working alone at home is to not take it all too seriously all the time. That’s a quick way to the grave. Being part of a community can help you to let off steam, relax with peers, meet new people, have a laugh…if you’re into that sort of thing :)
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