In my post How to Grow Your Jewelry Business without Losing Your Mind, I shared my most important success strategy:
I do only the business-building activities I love.
And I do them consistently, with all my heart.
By going all out on just the things I love and do best – and removing the things I don’t like to do – I get better, faster results and I wind up with a stronger, more unique business.
I think if you’re completely a one-person business, that’s one of the best strategies you can follow.
But what if you could add
another person’s skills to your business?
When I launched my Jewelry Making Journal website and community in early 2012, I had a big vision for it.
But I knew that I couldn’t achieve that vision all by myself.
So I brought in my friend and fellow online publisher, Alicia Rivera, to be part of the “JMJ team”.
(Currently we’re a team of two people.)
She enjoys doing many of the things I don’t, and she’s knowledgeable in areas where I’m not.
So at Jewelry Making Journal we each focus on the things we love and are good at – and as you can imagine, we’ve accomplished quite a bit in a short time this way.
Also, Alicia works on things that I wouldn’t have done on my own.
For example, she created the brand new Jewelry Making Journal Facebook Page.
I’m very happy to put things like this into Alicia’s capable hands, while I focus on the things I love and am good at.
So how can you
combine your skills with someone else’s?
You may want to keep an eye out for an opportunity to team up with someone who has opposite business skills from yours.
For example, you can do the things you love (like photographing products) – for their business as well as your own.
Meanwhile, they can do the things they love (like writing product descriptions) – for both businesses.
Or in exchange for their business services, you may be able to barter your handmade jewelry.
Have you ever teamed up with someone else for business purposes?
Or if you haven’t, would you ever consider it?