An online community is the thing I most often recommend. Because being an online entrepreneur is many things… It can be exciting, stressful, monotonous and honestly? It can be isolating too.
Having an online community helps balance out that feeling of isolation while helping you grow as a person and a business owner. In this episode, we’re going to talk about how to find the perfect community for you and make the most of it.
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- When you work online, it can be hard to find people to have real conversations with. This leads to feelings of isolation. And negative emotion hinder your productivity and motivation.
- Finding a community of individuals that are in the same area of business as you will allow you to connect with others that understand and sometimes commiserate!
- Communities aren’t just there for random chats. While that is fun, it’s not the best part. The best part is the growth and personal connection you’ll make with others.
- Expect real support, advice and encouragement from the right community.
- Before Facebook groups grew in popularity, bloggers had to really stretch out of their comfort zones to find “their people.” Luckily, there are over half a billion groups on Facebook for you to choose from. Take advantage of that!
- You may heard that age old rule “Don’t talk to strangers on the internet.” We’re telling you to do just that! But practice common sense. You don’t want to connect with weirdos that are going to ask for money, right?
- Try searching Facebook for your niche to find a group that works for you!
- Before you request to join a group, read the description. This will let you know if the group is right for you and what you can expect from the group. This will also tell you if there are any joining requirements. For example, the Blog Fuel group is only for bloggers. You can expect the admins of that group to ensure that you have a blog listed on your profile somewhere.
- This is also a great way to find out if a group meets your needs. If you’re looking for more support/encouragement, you don’t necessarily want to join a group that is all share for share.
- Once you join, introduce yourself! There are two cardinal sins of introductions. The instant promo OR the one liner “Hey, thanks for adding me.” This isn’t memorable in a good way and will keep you from making a good first impression.
- Instead, upload a headshot or fun photo of yourself. In the text box of the post, introduce yourself the way you would to a new neighbor. Listen at 10:57 for the full break down of the perfect introduction.
- A real introduction will allow you to make actual connections!
- Spend time in groups, participating in conversations. If the group isn’t for you, you aren’t tied to the group. You can leave. And don’t announce it. It never makes a person look good.
- Pro Tip. Don’t join 8000 groups. You can’t possibly be active in that many groups and it can make you look “spammy.” Only join groups you plan on being active in.
- Some of the larger groups really are amazing but they move very quickly. It can be hard take part in the conversation.
- Groups are an excellent place to ask questions. And friend, there is no such thing as a “dumb question.” Chances are there is someone that desperately wants an answer too! And there are so many people excited to help answer!
- When you’re ready for a smaller community, consider a mastermind. A mastermind is a small group of likeminded biz owners that meet monthly to hold each other accountable and to support you.
- Other business owners arent the only community you should tend to! Your followers and customers are your tribe. Nurture them!
- Do this by responding to emails. Commenting on their social media posts if they tag you. Make sure you value your followers. This lets them know they aren’t just dollar signs to you!
- Allow yourself to be relatable. You don’t have to be perfect. No one is looking for that. Your email is an excellent place to really show that you’re a human and you stand with your followers, not above them
- Read Kirsten’s show notes here!
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