Today, I want to talk about something that I've been thinking a lot about lately.
My mom has a blog and also does work as a Virtual Assistant, and so we talk a lot about business. Awhile back she asked me “How do you just know everything?”
The truth is that first of all, I don't. lol. (Obviously.)
What I DO know, though, is where to find the answers to any questions that I may have. And find them fast.
When I need answers, I have a few options. We all do, right? For instance, I could buy an ebook or course to find the answer.
But, that's not where I turn to figure out something when I get stuck.
At this stage in the game, I have access to a bunch of friends on Skype who are top business people, of course. But I can't just bug them all the time. So, I also have three networks of people to turn to for help.
I'll do a little compare/contrast for you to see if you want to tap into those same groups that I do. All three have LONG-TIME members which shows that the communities are valuable and people are getting results. (Not like other places that I won't mention where you've got bad advice flying around at light speed from people that have no business giving advice.)
1. If You Are Not Making Consistent Money Yet in Anything Other Than Providing Services, Start here.
If you're a VA or Ghostwriter, I'd definitely recommend this one as your first stop.
The place where I cut my teeth online is still hugely valuable and active. The forum there is crazy busy and it's a safe place, and is really perfect if you're still not making consistent money yet.
Here's the link: Click here to check it out
The forum is run by Kelly McCausey and Melissa Ingold who are both active in there.
The community is mostly women and also includes a 12 year old girl who is a Kindle author – but we are getting more men these days, too. 🙂
I try to stop by regularly. BUT – I don't read through all of the posts. So, if you sign up and ask a question there that you want my feedback on, just shoot me a Private Message and I'll take a look at it.
See? I was just on there yesterday. (click the pic if it's too small to read)
Here's the link again:
Click here to check it out
2. Recommended for Bloggers and Beginners who Have Chosen a Niche and are Ready to Make Better Money.
If you've got a blog and are headed in the direction of profit, but are just running into questions and don't have a place to ask for help, I would recommend this community as there is a wide variety of people who are there to help (and are good people):
If you join this site, you also get access to ongoing training, which is a huge benefit. I'm a member of this group, as well. The forum isn't as active as the community above at the moment, but there are definitely people who stop by to lend a helping hand. And, as with the others, if you join and post a question and want me to take a look, just DM me the link to the question and I'll see if I can help. 🙂
3. Recommended for Intermediate and Advanced and Those Looking to Connect with Successful Marketers.
If you're not in the beginner stage in your business, there's another place to go with good people and solid advice.
I just joined this group today, at the pushing of a friend, and after poking around the forums for only a day so far, I can see that people who I respect are posting. There are also very strict “must be nice” rules in place, and I see the owner is very very actively involved. (All good things.)
You can check that one out here:
Click here to check out this Group
This third one is also a great network to join if you want to connect with other successful business owners (which is another reason that I signed up).
4. Another Option, if You're More Private.
Of course a fourth option is hiring a business coach so that you can just ask him or her for assistance when you run into problems, but the other groups are usually more affordable.
However, you may be like a lot of people, and you don't want to publicly share problems you're having in your business.
In that case, you might consider looking for a business coach.
If so, I can recommend Kelly McCausey, especially if you're still trying to figure out who you are in business.
I also take on just a handful of clients. To work with me you've got to have at least one infoproduct under your belt OR have a very clear path of who you want to help with your online business. My strengths are in multiplying your existing business, not in being a guidance counselor. 😉
You can see my coaching here:
Check out my coaching here.
How about You?
Do you have a question for me about choosing a community or about any of the groups above? Let me have it.
Thanks, as always, for reading.