Hello and welcome back! I’m not sure what happened, but this month totally got away from me and I’ve written 0 of the 2 blog posts that I had promised. So, as consolation, I wanted to share a value packed resource that I hope you will find helpful!
Without further ado, here are Facebook groups that have shaped my freelance career:
As the name suggests, if you’re female and a freelancer, you NEED to be in this group. Created in 2017 by Tia Meyers, a freelance social media consultant, this community has grown to nearly 21,000 members.
Though this group is a recent find for me, I’ve benefited so much in the few short months I’ve been a member. Aside from the countless resources you can find, there is always a willing and able member that is around to answer your questions. From taxes and accounting help to portfolio feedback, this community always has your back.
Most importantly, this group truly understands the freelance life and is so generous when it comes to job opportunities. Whether it’s with their corporate companies or they’re looking for help in their own businesses, group members are always encouraged to apply. Thankfully with solid group rules in place as well as the hard work of moderators, this group remains super organized despite its size.
When I first started offering my services online in late 2017, I had no idea what a “digital nomad” was or that there was an entire community living this lifestyle. Created by Jennifer Lachs, a chemist turned digital nomad and online entrepreneur, this group has grown to over 20,000 strong.
From full-time remote employees to online business owners and service providers, thousands of women are living the dream. And while I’m still some ways away from traveling full-time, I have been lucky enough to experience this lifestyle while vacationing in Italy last summer. In between taking in the sights of Rome, Venice, and Pompeii, I continued designing for my US based clients.
By surrounding myself with a community of digital nomads, I’m reminded of my ultimate goal: work online so I can travel the world. Their success stories (and struggles) serve as both an inspiration and a resource.
Which is why, when Jenny decided to open the DNG Inner Circle in 2018, I jumped at the opportunity to join. This paid community was my first ever business investment and it remains one of my best. I love the additional resources exclusive to IC members as well as our co-working sessions!
Through Jenny and DNG, I found Hannah Dixon and the Digital Nomad Kit. And while The Nomad VA & Freelancer Community is great, where you really need to be is Hannah’s paid group.
As part of The VA Starter Kit, you get access to Hannah and her value-packed (and hilarious!) livestreams in this INCREDIBLE group. Having trained thousands of virtual assistants and having been a VA herself, Hannah knows the ins and out of remote work. Her course teaches you how to get started working online with skills you already have and also gives you the resources to start learning new programs.
Although I identify as a freelance graphic designer, taking Hannah’s course and repackaging my services as a VA, totally changed my business and doubled my income. Not to mention, I love the folks in this community! From Thailand to the UK, I can honestly say I have friends and support all over the world!
This group is for my Asian identifying creatives out there. From photographers and designers to filmmakers and actors, I love the diversity of mediums that folks are using to share their art.
Growing up, it seemed that I could only be one of three things to be successful: a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. And if you know anything about my story, you’d know that I was previously an engineering major. That being said, I wanted to include this group for many reasons. Not only because it has challenged my own beliefs of what it means to be successful, but also because it has taught me that I can be creative outside of work (and that I’m not stuck to making my living through graphic design).
From full-time professionals to hobbyists and freelancers, this group reminds me that I’m free to craft my life and my career. And now with over 21,000 members in just 6 months, ACN has made it so much easier to find and collaborate with like-minded individuals for paid or passion projects.
Lastly, this network has expanded into city sub-groups, which is my personal favorite! As much as I love connecting online, nothing beats in-person connections. If you’re in the area, you may find me at the next ACN: New York City meetup. There are also groups for LA, Austin, etc.
Co-founded by Claire Wasserman and Ashley Louise, Ladies Get Paid is focused on bridging the wage gap and providing women the resources to realize and get paid their worth. Wherever you are in your career, you NEED to be in this group.
* I should note that LGP is actually a Slack group, but I’ve benefited so much from this online community that I had to include it.
On that note, not only did I get to attend last year’s Get Money, Get Paid conference for FREE (by volunteering), but I’ve also found amazing support through this community. As a young entrepreneur, I’ve received guidance for both freelancing roles as well as traditional internships from LGP. With channels like activism-and-service, inclusion-diversity, and remote-work, there’s something for everyone and you can cater your workspace to your interests!
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Hello, there! You can call me Jianna. I'm a 24 year old creative blogging about entrepreneurship, travel, design (and everything else in between). Want to hang out sometime? Just buy the chai and I'll bring the memes.
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