More often than not, there comes a time in a freelance Web designer’s career when you feel the need to branch out. The roles of a Web designer are diverse and it’s easy to feel that you need to be all things to all people. Perhaps you feel you’d like to develop as a specialist in a particular area, but you like your independence and want to remain your own boss.
All this pretty much describes me about six months ago. Over time, I had developed valuable relationships with others in the industry through networking. By incubating those relationships you can bring together a group of people who work well together. It was around this time that I was invited to join a co-operative. Joining would mean that I could specialise and remain independent, but be part of an already well-established brand that provides a full range of services. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. I accepted.
Grow Collective works to co-operative principles. There’s little point in me regurgitating the principles of co-operative business when the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) website describes them better than I could.
Having well and truly settled in at Grow, I find it an environment in which I can work well and in which I am encouraged by my peers to develop both personally and professionally.
At the moment, we’re attracting a large number of work prospects that are beyond our current capacity. As a result, we are inviting freelancers designers in the Bristol area into Grow Collective, especially those with a special interest in Web standards, user centred design, information architecture and accessibility.