My Favorite Facebook Groups for Female Entrepreneurs
It might surprise you to learn that before I started blogging, I was almost never on Facebook (or any other social media for that matter). I did read some blogs, but that was the extent of my online connecting. I was too shy to even make comments on blogs.
When I started blogging, it felt a bit lonely. I wanted to reach out and connect with other bloggers, but I wasn’t sure how. I made myself leave comments on blogs that I loved, although I agonized over every word making sure it was perfect. A year and a half into blogging, I was finally getting some traction, and I was really craving some connection and advice from other creative entrepreneurs in a similar situation.
That’s where Facebook groups come in. They were such a lifesaver for me. They are a great place to connect with other like-minded entrepreneurs. You can get ideas, advice, collaborate, and even just know that there are other people dealing with the same things you are.
Before I reveal my favorite groups, I feel like I need to issue a bit of caution. While Facebook groups are wonderful, they can also become a HUGE distraction. Once you start joining groups it can be addicting, and it seems like new groups are popping up all the time! It’s tempting to want to join every single one.
However, you can easily sit down at your computer to start your workday, open up Facebook and two hours are gone before you know it. So let me caution to use these groups responsibly. Less is more. Pick one or two and really engage in those groups. Don’t spend all your work time on Facebook.
Okay, so let’s get on to my personal three favorite groups.
Building a Framework Bloggers
This is definitely my favorite group. It’s just the perfect size with lots of active members who are super friendly and helpful. It’s very welcoming for both newbies and more experienced bloggers. Donnie and Abby, the group hosts, are also very responsive in the group plus they’re happy to share all their “secrets.” I also like that all the members are really serious about blogging, because the group is only open to people who buy the Building a Framework Advanced or Master package.
Brilliant Business Moms
This is another fantastic group that I think is the perfect size. Everyone is so supportive and friendly plus Beth Anne, the hostess, is active in the group and is super fun and smart. I would say this group is geared just a little bit more toward Etsy sellers and things like that rather than strictly blogging. You can join the group here. (It’s completely free.)
Simple Pin Pinterest Strategy Group
I love Pinterest and a huge percentage of my website traffic comes from Pinterest, so I was so excited when I found this group entirely dedicated to discussing Pinterest strategy. The group hostess, Kate Ahl, is very active in the group. I also love that they keep the discussion upbeat and positive (instead of freaking out and being really negative about Pinterest changes). The group is free. You can join it here.
Those three are my current favorite Facebook groups, but here are a few others that I think are definitely worth checking out.
- For Love + Money by Caitlin Bacher – focuses a lot on social media marketing, large fast moving group, very well moderated
- Savvy Business Owners by Heather Crabtree
- Freedom Hackers Mastermind by Kimra Luna – This is a huge, fast moving group, but it is amazingly well moderated for how huge it is.
- Pinterest Group Boards – This one is obviously for helping you get on Pinterest group boards.
- Creative LIfe, Happy Life – This one is geared toward people who sell handmade products (as opposed to digital products).
What is your favorite Facebook Group and what benefits have you received from being active in that group?
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Great recommendations and a fresh idea post. Everyone is talking about how you should start a group, but I love your recommendations of groups! I have found groups to be a great insight into new tools and topics for podcasts and course creation! Thanks for the recommendations!
Thanks for mentioning the Framework group! Hope you’re settling in nicely to your new home!
K Ann Guinn Says
Thanks for a helpful and informative post! I also appreciate you sharing from the heart about your insecurity as a new blogger. I can also relate to trying to respond “perfectly” to other blogger’s posts. I have been blogging now for eight months (can’t believe that!), yet still often feel like a newbie. I have grown in some areas and feel I do well, but have other areas I feel quite “behind” in. All that is to say that this information (and any suggestions for connecting, yet not wasting too much time), are greatly appreciated.
I have enjoyed “attending” a couple of Don & Abby’s webinars, and would love to purchase a course someday, but can’t justify spending the money just yet. It seems like their Fb group would be a wonderful community! I am a part of the Brilliant Business Moms group, and find it to be a very welcoming, encouraging, helpful and motivating group. I will attempt to check out some of your other suggestions.
Lastly, I am also enjoying connecting via blog link-up posts. It seems to be a great way to get to know other bloggers while sharing your own. I am so thankful when successful bloggers such as yourself are willing to share your strategies and help others of us along. It’s a wonderful breath of fresh air in a world where people often feel they must “climb over” others to get ahead.
Beth Anne Says
Thanks for the shoutout here, Laura! And I have to say, you are one of the most valuable members of any Facebook group you’re in. You’re always helping others and sharing great tips!
And Hi Rhonda and Kathy! I recognize two of my groupies 🙂
Thanks for this informative post! I’ll definitely be checking some of these groups out. Right now I am mainly on the Blog + Biz BFFs from Melyssa Griffin. It’s very supportive, and people are quick to give advice and ideas to the members. I think it’s comprised of newbie bloggers and more experienced bloggers. With Building a Framework, is that group geared more for people who are blogging about blogging? Since I am pretty new to this whole scene, I am definitely not blogging about blogging 🙂 not to sounds redundant! Or is it made of up people in all different niches? Thanks!
LauraJane SaysPost author
The Building a Framework has people from all different genres at all different levels. Most people in the group are not blogging about blogging.
I love these groups!!! Great round-up, Laura. I have got so much out of facebook groups this past year too. They are such a wonderful spot to connect and create community.
I actually started one just recently specifically for home decor + DIY bloggers!! You can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/homebloggersbizchat/
Love your blog, girl! xo.
Gayle Randa Says
Thank you Laura, I appreciate all your posts. They are always straight-forward, honest and sincere, not to mention very helpful. I am going to check out the three groups today! Gayle
Thanks for this list! I’ve also found Beth Anne’s group to be helpful, and I just requested to join the Pinterest strategy group. The Pinterest group boards group is intriguing, too! Pinning this for sure…
This is a good suggestion, but I don’t really understand Facebook very well. Do you have a private Facebook acount that you use for these groups, or if it’s a private group does it not show up in your Facebook acount for this blog? I get hung up on these little details.
LauraJane SaysPost author
I just use my regular Facebook account as myself. I hit request to join and once approved I can see posts in the group and post myself. If they are private groups, anyone can see that you are in the group but only other group members can actually see what you post inside the group.
Thanks so much for sharing this list. I’m now going for growing my small digital scrapbooking business and I know support from experienced people at blogging and pinterest for marketing purposes will be so helpful.