As a Cubicle Chick and woman on the move, I am always trying to create additional income streams for my business and brand. For the year and a half that I have been a professional blogger, most projects and deals that I work on are things that I do alone. There have been instances that I wanted to team up or partner with someone to offer additional items or products to my clients, but really hadn’t found anyone that I felt would mesh well with. That was until recently when I started working on a WordPress Blogging Boot Camp with my colleague, Lakesha from XD Web Solutions.
The goal of the project was to offer a comprehensive and hands-on blogging workshop for those who were interested in learning more about WordPress. We would also offer additional tips such as content creation and management, monetary blogging tips, and more. We began meeting about our project in March and put a lot of thought and effort into bringing a top notch service to our attendees. This past weekend, our goal was met and we brought our first ever STL WordPress Blogging Boot Camp to a group of beginner and intermediate bloggers.
This joint venture was a perfect match because Kesha is amazing when it comes to her WordPress knowledge. She is a professional web designer who offers WordPress services to her clients and has a great portfolio of sizable sites. I am a creative maven with blogging, creating, and managing content, so I covered that portion of the workshop.
We set an early early on a goal we wanted to reach, and I found that with this joint venture, it was something that really kicked some momentum into my brand. Being able to rely on Kesha to put her knowledge and instincts with mine has been a win/win.
Kesha and I plan on doing additional joint ventures in the very near future, and I look forward to working with her again. This was a positive experience that I would recommend to others who can work together toward one goal without a lot of drama or issues.
The key to a successful joint venture is communicating your goals and making sure that you work together to ensure a successful venture. Don’t make assumptions, don’t think that something is too small to discuss, and don’t be afraid to talk about money/finances. Make sure you agree on every aspect of the venture, as you work together to create the perfect service or product for your client.
Have you ever worked on a joint venture (JV) with one or more partners? What were your experiences?
Kesha @small business website design says
Now this article is right on point! Joint ventures are an excellent way to expand your services, increase your network and widen your audience!
Finding people you Know, Like, and Trust (KLT method) to collaborate with is an invaluable, essential method of building a business.
We all remember the saying, “Two heads are better than one!”
Stella | Keyword Research Basics says
Good job, ladies. JVs are hands down one of the best ways for small businesses and solo-preneurs to leverage on their collective strengths to win. I liked the advice you gave in last paragraph, for anyone to launch successful JVs.
Martha Giffen says
So happy that you had such a great experience! I too have JV’d with my marketing friends and it was so much fun. The planning, the brainstorming, the final product, the marketing, and of course, the money! I loved every minute of it and it seems like ya’ll did too! Congrats!
I wish you were in NY, I would’ve loved to go to the Boot Camp. I haven’t worked on any joint ventures yet, but I am looking to do some guest or feature posts with other bloggers. Any recommendations on how to approach or if this is even a good idea?