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Yeah. How are you, mate? Oh, good. Oh, good. Thank you. Yeah. So this is a tweet from Steve Shopman on Twitter basically saying, I’ve been so our solar printer for nine months. It can be lonely at times, but I’m starting to see an understanding, creative power of collaboration between solar burners. I believe collapse will become more prevalent amongst solar burners as they see power on impact by one plus one equals three. So what do you think about this? I have my my own takes, but. Yeah, yeah.
So I’ve I’ve I’ve been a solar printer on multiple occasions for multiple different things that I’ve tried. Some successful, some not. Yeah. I think it very much depends on your personality type. I, I can’t, I have I have definitely struggled with it in the past. The worst part is when you start a business with someone else, then you some of the pressure is off your shoulders, right? Because the responsibility isn’t purely just on you, your team. And what you can find is if if if you’re having a slightly bad day, then the other guy or girl probably isn’t having as bad as you. And they can pick up the slack for 24 hours and then vice versa. You know, you can bounce ideas off each other. You can try things out. There’s also obviously, you also have belike arguments and differences of opinion, which he doesn’t have as a side opener. But, yeah, that it kind of acts as a buffer against your own sort of personal mood in a certain certain sense. I do think that I have found that there. And I think this is what Steve is getting at. As part of this tweet is that even if you are just doing something on your own, there are ways of getting the pros of having business partners without the cons of having business partners. And that is a case of actually going out and finding other people who are also single founders or celebrant ers who are having exactly same struggles and things like that view and trying to get into sort of mentorship groups with them. And a lot of people will be quite open to this. There are various organisations, clubs, things like that. You can find them on Meetup, particularly during a larger city, which will bring people who are in that same situation together. And it is really helpful just every now and again, say once a week to have like a group phone call or a group like Zoome meeting or even you can do asynchronously, if you if will, in different time zones. You can do it on SLAPP channels, you can do it on WhatsApp groups, things like that, just somewhere where you can vent, let off steam, moan a bit about, you know, your life stuff that’s going on. And oftentimes it is actually quite good to leave all of your problems to one side with your business and see what other people are struggling with. And just it’s just a way of switching lanes and switching context, which means that, you know, you can be helpful to other people, but you can still forget about your troubles for a while and then you can come back to it your own stuff, and you feel refreshed, if only because you’ve been doing something else just for a period of time. You know, you’ve taken a mental break because you’ve been trying to help someone else with their stuff rather than constantly grinding and grinding and grinding on your own bits and bobs.
I think what he’s saying here is he’s saying that.
Collaboration between solo partners is going to become more and more prevalent. I think this is more true. This is more true if this sort of business that you’re running is like a service business or something like that. So, for example, you know, in the past I’ve been a contract programmer, so I have my LMC company or I was self-employed and I would go out and get contract work. So technically, I was a stellar for but I was working in teams by doing programming and things like that. And that’s becoming more and more the case. Right. You know, that sort of the career path evolved where you started. One company stayed there for 30 years. Then you retired. You went and, you know, went off into the sunset and trimmed your flowers. And your garden is not something that, you know, most people will have these days. So I think it’s gonna become more and more decentralised. It’s going to become more and more like free agency where people are going to specialise and they’re going to be taking those contract work and contract jobs. So if you have a bunch of people who have complementary skill sets. So I freelance programmer, freelance designer, freelance marketer, freelance copywriter. If you can get together and collab into some and make something that’s greater than the sum of your parts, which is what you’re saying with the one plus one equals three, then I think that’s definitely a route to increased increased business. But being able to go after increased business, but also increased value because, you know, you can offer clients a greater service by banding together and offering and offering your services as a group covering a wider sort of set of problems than you can just on an individual basis. Have you ever done much on the site? I found a front, yeah.
Yeah, many years also. Yeah.
So would you say that freelancing you’re basically offering or selling your services? It’s the same. So it’s it’s a sort of entrepreneur. It is pure entrepreneurship as anything else. Or would you differentiate that kind of activity versus creating a company that has employees on maybe investors that maybe operates in different countries or has an office? Now, you need to show up on this and that. So you need to deal with all your father bunch of stuff.
So would you differentiate that and burn your activity of building company teams and investors versus freelancing? I mean, there are some clear differences, like once you are sole entrepreneur or freelancer, let’s say whatever goes either for good or bad. It has a 100 percent impact on you. Whereas if you make decisions on a company, discuss employees, it affects them and their families and so on. So, yeah. So do you think. So my perspective is it will still be lonely way. A lonely journey for any entrepreneur. For sure. If you have co-founders, it can help. But usually ultimately you will need to make your own decisions, even in some aspects of that of the company. And he will have an impact because he will have even a voting weight within that organisation. So he will still have an impact and you won’t receive much compliment as well. So you need you will be it’s always uphill of us. And so even if you get two milestones, I very rarely you will achieve some stage where you are comfortable, because the moment you get comfortable, you are most likely to get out of business and put out the feeling from someone else. So, yeah, it’s constant hustle and strain, but it could be lonely as well in the sense that you will you do need to put out the flowers, lots of flowers. So then you want to hang out with friends, the soft dan, or maybe can impact your family time as well. So when you are suggesting that these sort of poor nerds should hang out with other like minded entrepreneurs, will they have time for that? What will be a balance on how much time they put there vs.. Because if you are the only guy in the company providing services and you need to pay your bills, maybe you need to work really hard. So you need to pull out the followers basically because you kind of delegate. And yes. So also, would you hang out with people that are offering your same service? So to know, you know what? So so you you may share the same challenges from a tax point of view, from my client’s point of view, from something else. Maybe a growth point of view. Whereas if you go talk to other. Does you may complement each other. But maybe there will be less synergies. So, yeah, I put like a free for questions there. Bodies will differentiate freelancer’s from intrapreneurs or they are truly solid bringers. A great example of differentiate. We are building companies also that say if they hang out, you should hang out with same like minded MINURSO, same industry or seek complementary. Would you? How do you balance your time as well.
So I think we agree that, you know, even even if you are in business with other people, it can still be lonely at the top. And that starting starting your own business is very different than having a job and the traditional career path. So with that in mind, what do you think? Do you think entrepreneurs are born or are they made? What’s your opinion?