May 29, 2024
entrepreneurship

What communities are best for creative entrepreneurs

What communities are best for creative entrepreneurs

What communities are best for creative entrepreneurs

Lex Roman

Growth marketing creator

The summer of 2021 was SLOW.

I remember staring out the window of my weirdly quiet Hollywood office wondering…

if I should go get another coffee...
or send some cold emails…
or have I recorded enough Instagram reels today?

Maybe I should do that.

You see I couldn't do any client work, because I DIDN’T HAVE ANY CLIENTS.

I had stopped taking on tech industry clientele hard pivot. I thought local small businesses would welcome me with open arms.

I could not have been more wrong.

And I stayed wrong a lot longer than I should have because I was alone all the time trying to learn and do everything myself.

Later that year, I stumbled onto a small business community called Forward Female and everything changed.

I started going to their accountability calls on Mondays and Fridays.

💡I heard other people’s goals and that made me rethink my own.
💡I had a place to report back what I was actually doing with my time.
💡I met people who wanted to try out some of the programs I was creating.

I realized I would move a lot faster if I enlisted the help of others.

That's exactly what I recommend for you too which is why I compiled this list of communities and programs you should check out if you're a creative entrepreneur working out your path forward.

Best for consultants working with high ticket clients

Pollen
I learned about Pollen from brand strategist Brandy Cerne, I’ve done a couple talks for them and you’ll find me hanging out in here the most. They are my number one rec for anyone leaving tech or corporate setting to go solo because they are a high caliber community (read: you’re likely to get referrals if you’re good at what you do) and they prioritize events.

FOR you if: you’re self-directed, you know how to ask for what you need
NOT for you if: you don’t yet have a good audience/offer match, you want a linear step by step

Best for small businesses who need marketing help

Her Brand & Co
I’ve heard rave reviews from two entrepreneurs who worked with Mari and Jess of Her Brand & Co. They offer a COMPLETELY FREE marketing platform and paid programs like a 10 week marketing accelerator. One founder I trust said they’ve been an excellent partner for her as she’s navigated launching her e-commerce business. (Sidenote: they’re women-focused)

FOR you if: you like a step by step, you want knowledgable and personalized recommendations, you want to skill up fast
NOT for you if: you just need community and accountability

Best for consultants and freelancers who need sales help

Penny Blackmore’s Sales for Freelancers
Penny comes as a trusted recommendation to me by Dana Publicover who I’ve known for years. Penny’s program covers finding clients, pricing, position and building your sales process. It’s not open for enrollment right now, but follow her because she runs it throughout the year and maybe tell her you’re interested so she knows!

FOR you if: you like a step by step, you notice you’re not closing as many deals as you could, you’re not so keen on marketing
NOT for you if: sales is not your main issue or you’re not selling high ticket services

Best for small businesses who need operations help

Streamline Mastermind
Ariana Tenine and Devin Lee launched this mastermind to support business owners who have been making money the hard way. If your email inbox, calendar, workflows, and tools are wasting your time, you should get in here. Devin’s been a guest speaker in my membership many times and her systems brain simplifies my life regularly.

FOR you if: you struggle with systems, you know you could do things more efficiently, you have a validated marketing and sales plan
NOT for you if: you’re mostly in validation mode

Best for community and accountability

Hard to pick one winner in this space because it depends on who you want to be in the room with so here’s my top five:

This Mother Means Business: Laura Sinclair’s community for entrepreneurial moms created by demand via her very popular networking calls

Exit Five: Made for B2B marketers and not as entrepreneur-focused but likely a great place to find clients. I hear positive feedback about this place often.

Bootstrap Creators: LaShonda Brown’s membership is best suited for people who have a video-centric marketing strategy but I cannot recommend it enough to anyone exploring YouTube, TikTok or the creator path.

Being Freelance: Steve Folland is always posting the most fun behind the scenes from his well known group. Mainly for UK-based entrepreneurs though the group is online.

Groove: Virtual coworking app Groove doubles as a great way to network with creatives and the team there is constantly throwing cool virtual events so you can connect with other Groovers.

Want even more recommendations?

Here's the full list I've compiled over the last few years. I have not vetted most of these but they're worth checking out too.

Directories

General

Creator/maker focused

Public-speaking focused

Fractional (aka Fractional CMOs, CFOs, COOs, etc)

Women-focused

Parent/caregiver-focused

Operations professionals

  • Opsy (virtual, free)

When considering your next community, know your goals for the group. Are you there mostly to network or to learn? Are you hoping to meet clients or build a support network?

Communities and programs are only as effective as the work you put in so the more real you are with what you hope to gain, the more that will actually come true.

Have more ideas for this list? Share this post on LinkedIn along with your recommendations and tag me (@lex-roman)

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What readers are saying

"'22 ways to find leads without social media' is a classic. Thank you for taking the air out of social media."

Bryony Angell

Journalist, narrative non-fiction writer and speaker

© 2024 Lex Roman. All rights reserved.

Get Low Energy Leads!

Join 1200+ creatives booking clients their way. Get more leads without relying on big tech.

What readers are saying

"'22 ways to find leads without social media' is a classic. Thank you for taking the air out of social media."

Bryony Angell

Journalist, narrative non-fiction writer and speaker

© 2024 Lex Roman. All rights reserved.