Are you part of a Thriving Business Community Online?
We used to go down to the local pub if we wanted to talk to people (some still do I hear you say)…it sparked a debate on subjects relevant to the people you were with.. be it work, fashion, music etc. They were often lively, passionate and informative depending on the amount of beer consumed.
We have over the past decade or so taken some or all of our conversations online, talking to people online seems to be the norm if you want to discuss or share information in your chosen subject. It’s easier now than ever to get your opinion heard..it might not be wanted or listened to, but it is cathartic if nothing else.
This is part of Wikipedia’s explanation of an Online community from Nov 2009:
An online community is a virtual community whose members interact with each other primarily via the Internet. For many, online communities may feel like home, consisting of a “family of invisible friends.”. An online community can act as an information system where members can post, comment on discussions, give advice or collaborate.
It is however really important to find the Right online community especially if you need help and support when just starting out. My first experience when I joined an online business left me reeling. I took a step back and thought “wow” that wasn’t what I was expecting. I had joined a business online thinking the community who supported it would be lively and exciting which it was ..24/7 .. it was too much for me. I was greeted with loud American men dressed in muscle vests telling me what I should be doing and when I should have done it by..and it just didn’t suit my personality. I had joined the wrong Online Community..my mistake and a lesson learnt.
Joining an Online Business is risky as there are many many scams to fall pray to. There are legitimate Businesses, but you need to do your homework. Don’t just settle for the first one you come across which you think may suit you because a) It may cost you money and b) You will waste your time..1 month in and thinking I cannot work with these people, then having to start all over again.
When you do find the Right Online Community it will be an amazing experience. Meeting (all be it virtually) like-minded people who share your passion. Skype is a must..you can tell if people aren’t genuine. A good Online community will have experienced your pain and emerged (a little battered maybe) on the other side wiser and stronger. The community will not tell you to “go Google your question stupid” (not to your face anyway) someone will give you answer and you go from there. You will gain a whole new circle of friends.
My tips when looking for an Online Business to join:
1) Look for a Business that is over 5 years old – which will have a proven track record.
2) If a company is approved by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) it is genuine, also is it a member of DSA (Direct Selling Association)
3) Testimonials will be posted on all good sites ..track one or 2 down and connect on Facebook – ask questions and see what response you get.
4) Contact the Business and ask to speak to the owner (worth a try )or a member who has just joined, What about their Customer Service dept?
5) Review the Products that they sell and ask yourself: Would you buy them? are they good Value for money? Go Online and have a look at the comments.
When I started out I knew nothing and I mean nothing about Online Businesses and the Systems you will need to put in place in order to succeed
What I found was a business with an Amazing and Thriving Business Community Online that enabled me to Earn a living, Learn a huge amount and have an enormous amount of Fun doing it.
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