One of the challenges of being a "solopreneur" is working alone, especially if you're not used to it.
That's one of the main themes of the Creative Freelancer Conference: you are not alone. Just because you work alone doesn't mean you are alone. One of the best ways to overcome the isolation is to create a "tribe" or network of colleagues to whom you can turn when you have questions and problems — or just need to vent.
In fact, last year, several groups or "tribes" formed spontaneously during the 3-day event, then stayed in touch and supported each other all year long. One of those tribes even went as far as to give themselves a name, and they're in the process of designing a logo!
They're called "Solo Mafiotto" and they have 13 members (2 photographers, 1 writer, 10 designers) and four of them will be back at CFC this year, wearing their new buttons and looking for new blood for the "family."
Tribe member Ivette Cortes, of IC Design Studio, says, "I don't feel like I'm working in a vacuum anymore. I know the tribe is out there and we learn from each other via email. It's also a venting tool when we have problems."
Listen to this 10-minute interview in which Ivette describes how being a member of this tribe actually helped her earn the money to come back to the conference this year! And take a look at this video she made right after last year's conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZ7bgdrYeZ0
Won't you come (to San Diego, Aug. 26-28) to find your own tribe? Register here.