Not all collaborations make sense. For proof, take a gander at these odd partnerships that yield nothing but confusion.
Whether you call it an "asset-light lifestyle," "peer-to-peer sharing," or "the sharing economy," it was estimated to add $3.5 billion to people's wallets in 2013.
What about the good ol' days without Internet, apps, and cell phones? Here are some tried and true collaboration ideas your grandparents would be proud of.
Plant some seeds. Looking to collaborate with members of your community and eat some yummy veggies? No problem. Start a community garden by organizing a public meeting to determine the level of interest and discuss where a good location would be.
Off a four-lane thoroughfare in an old cement block shed, community nonprofit Phoenix Bikes offers a two-wheeled solution to a four-wheeled problem.
"Community" isn't just about neighbors anymore. Online communities allow users to connect with strangers from all over the world with common interests, careers, and lifestyles.
The evolution of online customer reviews and social media comments means that our decisions about what to buy are now also influenced by worldwide word of mouth.
I remember filing my taxes for the first time. I sat in the den with my father, staring at the confusing form that he seemed to be navigating so easily, and wondered why I was bothering to try. I felt like I would never get a grasp on what should go in each numbered box. Year after year, I kept taking a stab at those manual tax forms (allowing Dad to check behind me) until I was able to teach my friends how to file their taxes.
With a 45-minute commute, a fast-paced career, and a dislike for cleaning the kitchen daily, I've always been fascinated by the idea of freezer cooking.
Here's how it works: You prepare multiple meals at one time and freeze them. On days you'll be too busy to cook a real meal, you pull out the frozen concoction and toss it in the slow cooker. After an eight to 10 hour day when you would be tempted to order out, dinner's ready to be served.
After seven years, I'd saved $13,000 to go to Europe for six months. And though I was leaving my job as the development director at a small literary arts center, I offered to continue writing grants for them over the summer. This was a win for all involved; the new development person wouldn't have to worry initially about grant applications, and I'd have additional income.
Whether it's a $30,000 salary or $130,000, your first "real job" is probably the biggest income change you'll experience. Sure we'll get gradual raises here and there, and maybe even a major promotion or two, but going from an income of nothing to a full time salary is quite a jump.