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Collaboration is often an important key to doing business today.

This definition of the word is excerpted from Wikipedia: Collaboration is working together to achieve a goal. It is a process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals, (this is more than the intersection of common goals seen in co-operative ventures, but a deep, collective, determination to reach an identical objective) by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources. The Oxford Dictionary says to collaborate is to: cooperate, join (forces), work together, team up.

Whether your business can be positioned to collaborate with another complementary business, or with an individual or group within the community, or with an entity in the non-profit world, more often than not, working together benefits everyone involved. It’s easier to work as a team to accomplish something than to go it alone. You can almost always learn something new if you’re paying attention, and when you work with like-minded people your focus is similar, which can make whatever you’re working on more enjoyable, productive and ultimately more lucrative. And when you think about it, that’s why you’re in business: to enjoy what you’re doing, to make a difference, and to support yourself and your family.

For example, businesses in the hospitality industry benefit when they collaborate by attracting new business. Lodging and dining establishments creating packages for their existing customers will appeal to a larger segment of the traveling public (each other’s customers), not only by offering a financial deal, but also frequently introducing the traveler to something new. Both businesses benefit. Add a cultural and/or retail establishment to the collaboration mix and the win becomes even greater.

Proofreading is a perfect example of a beneficial collaboration. It’s been scientifically proven that you cannot effectively proof read your own work. Sure, if you’re paying close attention you can catch most errors, but your view of the work is skewed because you know what you’ve written and very likely will see only what you think is there. On the other hand, an objective set of eyes will see exactly what is written on the page or screen, and likely will catch things you have missed. The benefit to you, the author, is obvious. The benefit to the proof reader is that person may learn something new, or be introduced to a new perspective on a topic. It’s a win for both of you.

Whether you write books, a newsletter or an online blog, or are responsible for trade journals, articles, technical reports, you name it. Having your work proofread takes the worry out of having an error be seen by your readers.

Collaboration is just one of the puzzle pieces of your business that you may find it beneficial to explore. Let your mind wander to new places and see what you can discover.

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