The topic of community over competition is near and dear to our hearts. As two members of the finance community, and then the freelance writing community, we could have seen each other as competition.
Instead, we’ve always recognized that we are peers—and have supported each other during every stage of our careers. That recognition is what helped us build our friendship, and ultimately decide to partner up and start this podcast! And it all goes back to the idea of community over competition.
In this special bonus episode, we clarify what community and competition mean to us. For starters, we believe it’s important to remember that being part of a community is different from networking. It’s about fostering a feeling of wanting to contribute versus simply focusing on what you can gain from your network.
In some cases, the people within your community could be competition. But if you view them as part of your community, it opens up space for honest conversations to happen, relationships to develop, and new opportunities to come together organically.
As part of this, we also talk about why it’s so important for community members to share how much they charge, what clients pay, who is hiring, etc. It’s all about paying it forward and sharing the wealth. The more we share, the more we can all earn!
At the end of the episode, we talk about what to do when someone does feel like a competitor. And if you listen closely, we announce the new name of the podcast! The new season (with the new name/design/website!) launches on January 9, 2018. 🙂
Resources and links:
- Pre-order: The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
- Cait’s blog: Cait Flanders
- Cait: How I Slowly Grew My Blog My Own Way
- Carrie’s blog: Careful Cents
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