This made my day!
Working from home can feel isolating in both positive and challenging ways. Overall, I love it. Something that’s helped, though, is becoming more actively involved in web design communities online, some of which meet up in person (like the one where I met Gar), or you can find local people within the groups, meet for coffee and talk without typing, how quaint! (For web designers, it is!) Some of us meet up every couple weeks, share ideas, gripe a little, and plan where the future is headed for our businesses. It’s really refreshing to be able to have that similar level of understanding with a few people in your life, people can relate to your struggles and successes from a similar perspective.
The Facebook groups are particularly active. Many of us bounce ideas around for design, business advice, and even help trouble shoot problems directly as they arise. It’s something I’ve more recently decided to focus on when I sign onto Facebook, since previously it was more of a time leech rather than a business tool. Now, Facebook has become a useful resource and helps us to feel more connected in a career that often leaves us feeling somewhat disconnected.
I do my best to help out in the groups since I’ve been at this for a very long time and I enjoy teaching and problem solving, even if it’s something I’ve never done before. I recently saw this comment (see above) as a response in the Members Group for WP Elevation. It really made my day, and he was happy to let me re-share it here.
Here are some groups/channels I’d recommend for anyone looking for support as a freelance designer…
The Futur – facebook.com/theFuturisHere
WP Elevation – facebook.com/wpelevation
WP Builds – facebook.com/groups/wpbuilds
WP Innovator – facebook.com/groups/wpinnovator
David Waumsley – youtube.com/user/DavidWaumsley
Sunny Lenarduzzi – youtube.com/user/SunnyLenarduzzi
Simon Sinek – youtube.com/user/SimonSinek
…to name a few. I’m sure I’m missing some and will discover more, so I’ll create a more inclusive list in the future. Many of these groups have active discussions in the general feed section, live streaming audio/webcam chats (audio/webcam optional for us shy types), in-person meet ups, YouTube channels, podcasts, etc. I encourage anyone working from home to find active groups that support each other who don’t see each other as competition, but more as collaborators.