May 5, 2015

Episode #18 // Collaborate Like a Boss

In today’s episode of Being Boss, Emily and Kathleen talk about creative collaboration and partnering up. We’ve both had creative collaborations in the past and are obviously collaborating with Being Boss, so we’re taking you through the steps of what it takes to create a successful, dreamy partnership that works.

'That's how collaborations start. They start as friendships or they start as a conversation.' -@andkathleen Click To Tweet 'Define the collaborative roles and pick partners who can fill the roles that you can't fill yourself.' -@andkathleen Click To Tweet 'Start with smaller collaborations, then outline your worst case scenario and your best cast scenario.' -@andkathleen Click To Tweet 'Really establish a communication style that works best for you and your collaboration partner.' -@andkathleen Click To Tweet 'Your friends are the best place to start when it comes to collaborating with someone.' -@andkathleen Click To Tweet 'If you're going into a collaboration, you have to do it with the intention of mutual success.' -@EmilyM_Thompson Click To Tweet I've started so many relationships with people who signed up for my newsletter and started replying. @EmilyM_Thompson Click To Tweet Learn to share everything because that's the foundation for what you do in a shared collaboration. -@EmilyM_Thompson Click To Tweet 'Just ask. Everything that's keeping you from sending that collaboration email is just an excuse.' -@EmilyM_Thompson Click To Tweet 'Set some serious boundaries. Have goals, define roles, and hold each other accountable.' -@EmilyM_Thompson Click To Tweet

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"That's how collaborations start. They start as friendships or they start as a conversation."
- Kathleen Shannon


  • Collaborating with each other on Being Boss and how that has sparked collaborations with other creatives
  • Getting into the right mindset for creative collaborations: start with small, brainstorming sessions
  • Thinking of your worst case scenario and best case scenario for starting a collaboration/partnership
  • Being open with your collaboration partner(s) and having constant communication
  • Finding your communication style, co-working space, or scheduled meetings to check in regularly with your partner
  • Building a trusting relationship with your collaborative partner(s) and nurturing that relationship outside of business
  • Setting boundaries, defining roles, and assigning tasks/responsibilities
  • Actionable steps to take if you want to collaborate with someone
  • Getting it on paper and making it legal



Set boundaries, have goals, define roles
Friends are the best place to start with collaborations