Combining Your Skills with Someone Else’s

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?

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  1. says

    I have made a new friend through a store she was managing and doing the visual merchandising for and I had just started putting my jewellery in. She loves my jewellery so we’re swapping visual merchandising (meaning tidying up my incredibly full table so that things can be seen) for my jewellery.

    She’s in the midst of setting up an organisation business online and I have a little bit of knowledge/experience there, more at this stage than she knows about, so that’s another swap we’re in the midst of. I’ll have a clean and tidy workroom and she’ll have a simple clean and tidy web presence (and lots more jewellery!).

  2. Tamara says

    I have teamed up with others who have different skills and passions than I do, and I think it’s a great idea.

    For me, it’s happened quite naturally. And these relationships ebb and flow, like all relationships do. I have a few partnerships that seem a little quiet right now. But on the other hand, there’s someone I met a few months ago, that I knew I wanted to pursue a business relationship with, but it wasn’t the right time then. Now it is, and it’s in the process of becoming a reality.

  3. says

    Yes, it’s the ebbing and flowing as a natural part of business relationships that most people don’t seem to be able to get their heads around. If it’s not 100% absolute and forever, they don’t want to commit to it or won’t even consider it. I’ve been a contractor all my life, and because I’ve parachuted into and out of jobs, maybe this way of thinking about partnerships and working seems more feasible and natural.

  4. says

    Barbara, the way you and your friend are swapping your complementary talents is such a perfect example of combining skills.

    Also, I think the way both you and Tamara accept and plan for the ebb and flow of things is a valuable mindset for working with – well, nearly anything these days!

    Everything evolves so quickly now, and new opportunities pop up overnight while old ones fade away.

    And as Tamara says, a lot of it is seeing that you might want to work with someone, and waiting till the timing or project is right.

    That’s kind of how it worked for the way Alicia and I are working together.

    I knew for a long time that she was a person with versatile skills, who I could trust and comfortably work with – so when I needed a team member for Jewelry Making Journal, she was the first (and only) person I thought of.

  5. says

    I have found that being consistent and getting the word out lets people know
    that what options are available, to either start your own business or to create your own designs.

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