Working Alone in a Like-Minded Community / by Lucas Turner

As I set out on my entrepreneurial ventures and plan, plan, plan, through the wee-hours of the night, I sometimes ask myself if this is really the career path for me. Why not have co-workers? Is the corporate world really that bad? Doesn't a large salary sound fantastic? These are a few of the questions I ask myself when doubting whether or not to be an entrepreneur. Typically while I am doubting this innovative approach to a career, I have many times received a tweet mention, text or Google + hangout invite from a friend who may be working on their new website or launching a new product. Their excitement about their new idea or breakthrough is exhilarating, even at 2am and after three cups of coffee. This excitement reminds me that even though I may be working on a business idea by myself, I am not technically alone in my entrepreneurial spirit. The great thing about being involved with entrepreneurship is that you have access to hundreds of people within your community who are all very like-minded and have the drive needed to start something on their own. Websites like meetup.com highlight anything from  local coffee shop talks about quilting to workshops on wordpress. People are foolish to not tap into their social resources.

Many companies have started from two people meeting over coffee on a business "blind date" because someone knew someone who knew someone that was working on a similar project alone. Founders Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler of the indoor cycling phenomenon, Soul Cycle, are a prime example of this collaborative world. In a recent interview with Bloomberg TV, they speak about how they went from having two similar ideas about boutique fitness to operating over fifteen studios in New York City and Los Angeles, and they are only just beginning.

There is hope for the lone ranger who wants to be their own boss. I personally get pumped thinking of  the possibilities this world has for business. Throughout the past year my main goal has been to expand my network nationally outside of Omaha and the connections have already started to show benefits from New York to LA. Yes, I may have missed some parties or typical "college nights" but the other experiences I have had in the entrepreneurial community have definitely outweighed the typical experiences. Typical and the words freelance or entrepreneur definitely do not go hand in hand and is not a word in my everyday vocabulary.