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Travel Writers Work Together and Find Success

Posted By Amandah Blackwell On January 23, 2009 @ 9:07 am In Enhance Your Writing,Opportunities | Comments Disabled

Travel writers, have you considered working together? Do you know any graphic artists? They could work with you as well; it could be a win-win situation. You probably think this is a “hair brained” idea and maybe it is. However, if it can work for a group of hairstylists in Arizona, it could work for you. Take a cue from your local hair stylists and begin your travel writing business together.

In the state of Arizona it is not uncommon to find hair stylists working under one roof. No, they are not working in a hair salon and spa for someone else; they are working for themselves and doing quite well. Business has been good because people (women) will not give up their monthly manicures, pedicures, cut/style, coloring, and other beauty enhancements.

Real estate companies lease space to hair stylists in a building. In one salon there could be 3 or more hair stylists, just like in any other salon. The difference is that the “building” is made of up of many independent hair salons. This may be a new concept for some of you (myself included), but the “concept” could work for travel writers. Who knows, you could have a couple of travel companies in the building as well.

Benefits of Working Together

  1. Split the rent of the space. Rent can be high. If you have 3 or more travel writers splitting the cost of the space then it will not be that bad.
  2. Work out of an office instead of your home. Some of you may “scoff” at the idea of the leaving your fuzzy slippers at home (you could probably bring them with you), but socializing with others is good for you.
  3. Collaborate with other travel writers. If you get writer’s block, you’ll be surrounded by “like minds” who can help you get unstuck.
  4. Instant feedback. Write a travel article and receive immediate feedback. Talk about having an instant writing group at your services.
  5. Ask graphic artists to share your space. Why not invite a graphic artist or two to join your group? Remember, editors love photos. Perhaps you could “make a deal” with the graphic artist: they touch-up your photos and you give them “tips and tricks” of traveling.

This may seem like an “off-the-wall” idea, but it could work. When I discovered a building full of independent hair salons, I must admit that I was taken aback. Who ever heard of such a thing? Talk about an alternative [1] work space.

I started to think about it, and the idea of “co-working” together intrigued me. It could work for travel writers. This is an idea that is definitely outside of the box. Is it for you? Let us know!

Rebecca

Would you work together with other travel writers?

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